When it comes to housing or real estate, the more you spend, the more money everyone makes.
The bigger the house and lot, the more expensive it will be. The materials used for building the house can be really pricey, so you have to do a careful research on what to choose. Location is also one of the factors you must consider to avoid high mortgage fees.
It’s important to have a budget for your priorities; it doesn’t have to be very luxurious. In fact, you can explore and be a little creative when checking out houses to buy or rent. Perhaps you can build your own based on your family’s beliefs and goal.
Today, interests rate are more than double in most places making it hard for families to pay their bills. A Welsh family decided to make something extra ordinary since they don’t think that paying overpriced monthly payments or loans are options.
Simon Dale and wife Jasmine Saville with their two children, standing outside their Eco-friendly home, this was taken just four months upon construction.
Simon and Jasmine Dale with their two young children, build a nature themed home, they use raw materials like how ancestors do their houses thousands of years ago.
The total cost of their house was less than $5,000 U.S., they were able to save so much without sacrificing the quality and strength of their house. A local land owner donated a piece of land for the Danes family to use. The Danes purchased windows, plasters and tools. They are the ones who did the plumbing and carpentry with occasional help from other people.
They built a home that is in harmony with "natural landscape, ecologically sound, a reminder of ancestral past, comfortable to live in and has an affordable cost."
Simon was able to build a beautiful house even if he has no experience with architecture and construction, the key to his success was lots of research, patience, perseverance, hard work and infrequent help from others.
Their home is literally a Hobbit house. Their love for nature gave them an idea to use local stone, wood and mud in building their house. The roof was made out of layers of straw bales for insulation; it is also covered with plastic to make it waterproof. The earth layer covering of the roof makes it more appealing as it blends the house perfectly to the surroundings.
The walls inside their house were also made of straw bales stacked on dry stone walling with hazel sticks, in addition to that, it has lime plasters on it. They use compost toilet, a refrigerator cooled by air below with solar panels for power.
According to Simon, his wife Jasmine and their two children were camping in the nearby countryside during the time he was building the house.
Simon's passion, hardwork, determination, patience and perseverance allowed him to fully accomplish this wonderful masterpiece even without having a background on architecture and carpentry.
Simon Dale 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.
Building from natural materials does away with producers’ profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.
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.”
They want to live in a place supple and biodiverse to their basic needs, away from pollution and harmful substances.
They want to minimize the use of energy so they make Eco-friendly sources of power inside their home.
He also got an occasional help from his father in law, who happens to be a builder. He helped construct the building's timber frame.
The Dales purchased a few acres of land in Wales, six years after. They set out and built a bigger and better version of their hobbit house. They finished building the house after one year and half.
They bought a 7 acre piece of land and built a bigger house with the same concept.
According to Simon, they wanted to live in a place where they can have tree, vegetable and fruit planting, in which they can maximize a bio diverse home.
Their family describe their new house “ The Under croft” . They have been living here since then with their two teenage sons. Their new home is an upgraded version of the hobbit house they first built but this one is complete with skylight, conservatory and bathtub.
This is where the Danes live today. They made us of their skills in crafts, arts, construction, woodwork and planting as stewards of their land.
Simon and Jasmine made this a business in which they give workshops and provide booklets outlining the process of building an Eco friendly house and other environmental projects. Their house and ideas garnered the interests of several people. More and more people are eyeing for an Eco-friendly and nature themed houses that is affordable but sturdy.
What can you say about their Eco-friendly house? Will you live on it?
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