MAN BUILDS FAIRY TALE HOME for his family for only 3000 lbs sterling

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    MAN BUILDS FAIRY TALE HOME for his family for only 3000 lbs sterling

    Post  THEeXchanger on Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:08 am

    http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2011-12-21/man-builds-fairy-tale-home-for-his-family-for-only-3000/

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    Post  Carol on Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:08 am






    http://simondale.net/house/why.htm
    Interview with Simon Dale. Part of Future Ethics, a workshop series on 'climate change, political action and the future of the human'. A Project of the Lincoln Theological Institute (www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/lti)


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    Post  Carol on Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:11 pm


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=z9H1qn84V_I&feature=endscreen
    The house; It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour).The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. 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. Main tools used: chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really. Oh and by the way I am not a builder or carpenter, my experience is only having a go at one similar house 2yrs before and a bit of mucking around inbetween. This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again.This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. 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. These sort of low cost, natural buildings have a place not only in their own sustainability, but also in their potential to provide affordable housing which allows people access to land and the opportunity to lead more simple, sustainable lives. For example this house was made to house our family whilst we worked in the woodland surrounding the house doing ecological woodland management and setting up a forest garden, things that would have been impossible had we had to pay a regular rent or mortgage. Why are we doing this? First answer: It's fun. Living your own life, in your own way is rewarding. Following our dreams keeps our souls alive. Second answer: Our society is almost entirely dependent on the availability of increasing amounts of fossil fuel energy. This has brought us to the point at which our supplies are dwindling and our planet is in ecological catastrophe. We have no viable alternative energy source and no choice but to reduce our energy consumption. The sooner this change can be begun, the more comfortable it will be.For our energy consumption to decrease we must reduce consumption and dramatically increase the productivity of our land. This will require developing infrastructure and skills to enable locally self-reliant living. The simplest, sustainable solutions involve small-scale permaculture type land management systems centred around individual or small groups of dwellings. There is significant and growing energy at the grass-roots to start implementing these low impact developments. This enthusiasm comes from a combination of intellectual concern and the innate appeal of living closer to nature...

    http://goodnews.ws/blog/2011/09/23/green-future-is-possible-here’s-an-example-the-eco-house-of-simon-dale/


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    Post  Carol on Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:19 pm


    The tools are fairly simple. The main concession to modernity was a chainsaw, which he used to cut down about 30 small trees. No old growth forest fell to his family’s needs. He focused on tools that used his own energy, like shovel, chisel, and hammer. Yet it took him only four months to produce this lovely home.


    The home is constructed from wood, stone, straw, and has a sod roof. It’s heated with a wood fireplace and has a solar panel for power. Most materials were scavenged. The effect, though, isn’t of a run-down get-by-with-second-best sort. It’s creative, artistic, elegant, and cozy.Most amazingly, the home didn’t require years of training or experience. Simon had none. He’s not an architect. He’s not an engineer. He’s not a carpenter. He started from scratch in every sense. He told the Daily Mail:

    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.










    Simon Dale, his wife Jasmine Saville, and their two children in front of their completed home just 4 months after starting it!


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    Re: MAN BUILDS FAIRY TALE HOME for his family for only 3000 lbs sterling

    Post  Floyd on Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:20 am

    Great story

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