Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday's Photos - An Organic House

"Following our dreams keeps our souls alive."
When I saw this house in Green Parent Magazine it reminded me so much of a hobbit's home - warm and friendly - tucked away in the Shire. This home may be going to the extreme, in terms of being "Eco friendly", but it's definitely worth checking out.
A young Welsh couple intent on building a low-impact, self-sufficient home in natural surroundings for their growing family. Starting out with no capital to speak of, no experience as a builder and using a minimal set of basic tools, Simon, his wife and his father-in-law, along with a little help from visiting friends and passersby, were able to construct this charming, functional home using local materials over a period of four months. It was built with maximum regard for the environment at a cost of £3000(a little under $5000.00). There are a number of projects making this a reality in Britain and Ireland and plenty of resources to support green building ideas. This makes for lots of wonderful innovation.
• Their refrigerator is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
• They use solar panels for lighting, music and computing
• The water comes in by gravity from nearby spring
• Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light
• Compost toilet
Photos Courtesy of - At Home in the Forest by Jasmine Savillean in an article written for
Green Parent Magazine ( Raising Kids With A Conscience).
P.S. Happy Friday!!


ambika said...

This looks like the ultimate tree house--Robinson Crusoe comes to mind as well as the Shire. How lucky for those kids to grow up that way & kudos to the parents for undertaking such a thing.

Here in earthquake country I don't know if it'd fly but I'd love to see some version of it here.

Flo said...

I can only begin to imagine how happy children can be growing up in such a house. The tales about magical forests, fairies, elves and others, and the close contact to nature...
Thanks for sharing this. I've been reading your blog for some time now, but hadn't commented before. I love it, it's beautiful and always interesting.
Cheers from Chile, another earthquake country.

corine said...

what a wonderful dream this house is.

Honeygo Beasley said...

Wow, like hobbits or fairies - I would LOVE a house like that. Love the moss on the roof. How cool for a kid to grow up in such a place.

I want to go visit there, but for now, I will just love the pictures...

: ) Have a wonderful weekend, Sabina. You find the most interesting things to share with us here!

(How's son?)

Krissy said...

holy amazing! i want that house :)

Fifi Flowers said...

AMAZING home! GREAT for kids to grow up in... like living in a playhouse!
ENJOY your weekend!

Linda Lou said...

It does look like a hobbit house, or one that fairies live in - I could never live in that but I am glad someone in the world is that eco-conscious-and what a way for their children to grow up--like in a fairytale!

XUE said...

What an amazing looking house! Lucky family with wonderful friends!

M.Kate said...

wow..what a to go home now, but I'll come back and see it in detail..

me, myself, I said...

The stuff of dreams! I love the idea of living somewhere like this - how fun and so, so original - thanks for sharing ^_^

Ashley L. said...

Oh how beautiful. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings!!

So beautiful and natural... straight out of a fairy tale :)

MOTM said...

Odd about the first few comments, my first thought upon seeing this home was about earthquakes! I don't even live in typical earthquake area! But can you imagine living in such a place? What a dream come true.

melissa davis said...

Oh my GOD, that is the cutest thing ever!! Looks like a little gnome house!! ;)

jennifer lorton said...

How sweet is this house? It seems like you can actually feel the love that went into making it. So Sweet! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Hillcrest Acres said...

What an amazing house. It's like living in their own fairy tale.

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