Eco Architecture is something that generally employs cutting edge technology, unusual design, a plethora of green innovations and many sleek gadgets that promise to cut down on your energy consumption and carbon footprint. But then, most of these modern behemoths tend to forget the most important ingredient that truly brings green design to life- nature.
Simon Dale of Wales had absolutely no interest in transforming himself into either an Eco-conscious architect or even a Hobbit from the movie Lord of the Rings. But when he did finish his new sustainable self-built home in Wales, he seemed to have inadvertently become both in eyes of the world!
One can make all the Hobbit references when they look at this ingenious and almost picture-perfect dwelling created in a hill on the countryside by Mr. Dale, but at the end of the day it is an amazing example of design, resourceful thinking, creativity and unmitigated harmony with ones surroundings. The idea initially came to Simon Dale when he grew sick of the huge mortgage payments he had to shell out for his home.
Despite not being an architect of any kind, he decided to take up the task of creating this home all by himself, and mostly with scrap and what most of us regard as waste. After collecting scrap wood for the floor, other materials scavenged from the area and using the nearby spring as water source, the man went to work on the hillside that turned into this gorgeous little home 4 months down the line.
For those wondering about the costs, the plot was given to the family for free by the owner of the woods in exchange for looking after the area and it cost Simon Dale just another additional £3,000 to finish the home. A roof drenched in grass provides for great natural heat regulation, a central fireplace offers the heating, solar energy is being tapped into for power and a spring in the vicinity offers fresh clean water.
A composite toilet, fridge cooled by natural air and a whole lot more make this as green as it gets. The interiors are remarkably beautiful and have an air of romantic nativity about them, while the dew laced windows in the morning and the lush green outdoors truly bring Hollywood to life.
Compact interiors, smart design and amazing imagination make this home now renowned locally as ‘Hobbit Home’ (What else, really!) an inspiration for all. (with help from the DailyMail)