Last week, we saw a lodge in Chile that looked like a hobbit hotel and this week we bring you a woodland home with a similar aesthetic. Though this domain doesn't gush gallons of water, it is an alternative living space for a natural homestead. Photographer Simon Dale is responsible for the design and construction of this eco-home, despite his inexperience in architecture and carpentry.

The 32-year-old photographer was tired of mortgage payments and had a passion for nature. Equipped with a chainsaw, hammer, and 1-inch chisel, the determined family man began construction on a plot of land in the woods, which the family luckily gained ownership of in return for their care of the area. With the help of his father-in-law, who just happened to be a builder, Dale set forth to build his ecological dream home on a budget.

The home, which was constructed for a grand total of £3,000 (approximately $5,200) features plenty of sustainable materials. It uses scrap wood for flooring and bales of straw on dry-stone walling for the interior walls. Other unique attributes to the house include lime plaster instead of cement for the walls and a compost toilet. The emerging architect even diverted water from a nearby spring and incorporated solar panels to provide power. Within four months, Dale built an unhindered habitat for his family in Wales that takes pride in a low-impact lifestyle. It may not boast the technology of Apple's headquarters, but it is a natural haven for a young eco-friendly family. Dale is currently working on constructing his first home in the Lammas Village, Wales’ first eco-development.

Simon Dale's website
via [Daily Mail]

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Tags: Hobbit House, Simon Dale, architecture, design, nature

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Comment by Stephen M. Barrett on December 31, 2011 at 1:15pm
Nice, very nice.
Comment by gyermo gyrato on December 9, 2011 at 9:36am

take a bath already, hippies.

Comment by Drew Davis on December 7, 2011 at 5:13pm

Wow! So inspired! Honestly, this would be my dream home. One day...

Comment by Kate Clarke on December 3, 2011 at 11:03pm

Comment by Kate Clarke on December 3, 2011 at 11:03pm

AWEsome !

Comment by Annie on November 29, 2011 at 9:00am
How lucky are those kids? I'd love to grow up in that house!
Comment by Enzo San Martín on November 22, 2011 at 12:16pm


Comment by paolo velasco on November 18, 2011 at 12:40am

wow! this is pure genius! i know we'd all love to have one!

Comment by Vince S. Manayaga III on November 17, 2011 at 9:14pm it


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