A wacky, wonderful woodland house in Wales

image from: http://simondale.net/house/index.htm

This funky little organic home is located in Wales in the U.K. It was built by its owner in less than four months.

image from: http://simondale.net/house/build.htm

“You are looking at pictures of a house I built for our family in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends.”

– from: http://simondale.net/house/index.htm

That’s so neat that they just recruited people passing by to help. It reminds me of the time when I moved into my first house and people walking by just offered to help move the heavy stuff!

Anyway… this particluar house was built into a small hillside so it is technically an earth-bermed house.

image from: http://simondale.net/house/build.htm

I love the way that this plucky young fellow describes building his unique creation:

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 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.


image from: http://simondale.net/house/build.htm

The completed house is compact, but it houses a family of four – the owner/builder and his wife have two very young children!

Inside, it is cozy and tight, like a bear-hug from Mother Earth:

image from: http://simondale.net/house/index.htm

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In fact, the house sort of reminds me of a beaver den… not that I’ve yet been inside a beaver’s den, but I have looked at plenty of diagrams of them.

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The interior has such a natural, earthy feel thanks to the thick lime-plaster covered straw bale walls and other green features including: composting toilet, reclaimed wood, scavenged wood and scavenged anything they could find that has a use in a house (e.g. “windows, burner, plumbing, wiring“).

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For more photos and loads of entertaining discussion on the why’s and how’s of building an affordable, eco-friendly hobbit home like this, see the owner/builder’s website here.

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I would totally live in a house like this. My ancestors probably lived in a domesticated mound like this. But I don’t know that I would feel so confidant in building it myself.

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The owner who built this house said that he used only a: “chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really“. He said he had virtually no construction experience before building this home.

But I’d imagine that he was probably one of those kids who built elaborate mini houses out of mud and sticks.

I was the kid who went around on my bike admiring everyone else’s house.  🙂


  • Marie Hunter says:

    I am wondering what type of building codes they have in Wales…I’m not sure this would be allowed in Canada….especially the reclaimed/scavenged wood.
    But it looks like a very interesting place to live!

  • Sue says:

    Interesting comment above about the building codes. I did not think of that. I like the time it took to build it and the low cost.

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