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article imagePhotos: Simon Dale's 'Hobbit house' built for less than $5,000

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 2, 2013 in Lifestyle
An innovative builder Simon Dale, provides a model of a "Hobbit house" that costs less than $5,000 to construct. The house, constructed in Wales, was built into a hillside. Dale assures it is affordable and "accessible to anyone."
According to the Daily Mail, Simon Dale, fed up with huge mortgage payments, armed himself with a chisel, a chainsaw and hammer, and constructed the Hobbit house in just four months. He was lucky to find a woods owner who gave him the plot of land for free in return for looking after the area.
MSN Now reports he explains: "My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverance and a mate or two to give a lift now and again."
According to Dale, in his website, Simondale.net,
"Since 2003 we have been living and building on the land, working in environmental projects and community. We have found that for a few thousand pound and a few months work it is possible to create simple shelters that are in harmony with the natural landscape, ecologically sound and are a pleasure to live in. There is something powerfully alluring in such natural buildings. Their simplicity and cost makes them accessible; their beauty and use of natural materials remind us of our ancestral right and ability to live well as part of the landscape/nature/earth."
Simon Dale s  Hobbit house
Simon Dale's "Hobbit house"
Simon Dale
The Hobbit house at the foundation stage of construction
The Hobbit house at the foundation stage of construction
Simon Dale
A sketched plan of the house
A sketched plan of the house
Simon Dale
The frame of the house  spare wood from the forest
The frame of the house, spare wood from the forest
Simon Dale
Dale, who claims no professional experience in carpentry and architecture, created his home using "scrap wood for floors, materials scavenged from skips." He admits, however, that he had the help of his father in-law, a professional builder.
He completed the house while his wife Jasmine, and two toddlers camped in the nearby countryside. The Daily Mail reports he said: "Being your own have-a-go architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass-produced box designed for maximum profit and the convenience of the construction industry." He added: "Building from natural materials does away with producers’ profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings."
The beautiful interior
The beautiful interior
Simon Dale
The stairs lead to a small bedroom and a back door
The stairs lead to a small bedroom and a back door
Simon Dale
Candlelight in the house. The house is also powered by solar panels
Candlelight in the house. The house is also powered by solar panels
Simon Dale
A window
A window
Simon Dale
A view of the beautiful interior
A view of the beautiful interior
Simon Dale
According to the Daily Mail, the house is heated by a wood burner. A solar panel provides power. It has lime plastered walls, a compost toilet and a fridge cooled by air from beneath the foundations.
The home owner exults: "This sort of life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology."
According to Dale, his family left the house locals nicknamed "Hobbit house" for woodland workers in 2009 after he bought a 7 acre piece of land at the Lammas eco village in West Wales. There, he built a new house, the Undercroft, which, according to Dale, minimizes energy and pollution using materials that are naturally available. The house allows a lifestyle that integrates into the natural landscape; an ideal he describes as "neo-indigenous."
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