As Featured in Grand Designs Series 17.
Simon Dale and his wife Jasmine left their left their day-to-day lives as a photographer and environmental scientist and created this self sufficient 3 bedroom ‘Hobbit Style’ home for thermselves and their 2 children Elfie and Cosmo, for just £27.000.
Built on a seven-acre smallholding the plot forms part of the Lammas eco-community, endorsed by the Welsh Assembly under its One Planet Development policy.
In exchange for planning permission, the smallholders were given five years to demonstrate that 75 per cent of their everyday basic needs could be met from the land. The need to set up the small business side of the smallholding, both to make money and meet the planning conditions, meant the house was sometimes side-lined for months at a time.
Designed to be ecologically sustainable; heat in the house is generated by a wood-burner and electricity comes from solar panels on the roof, whilst water is collected from a nearby spring and roof insulation comes in the form of Thermafleece Welsh Sheep’s wool supplied by Celtic Sustainables.
Recycling and reclaiming the majority of the goods and materials used, Simon and his wife Jasmine started the build with just £500 in the bank.
When the project appeared on Grand Designs last year, ‘Kevin McCloud said this was the ‘cheapest house ever built on the Western Hemisphere, and should be used as inspiration for the rest of us.’
“It’s not just an example of how and how we should live, it’s a clarion call."
Find Celtic Sustainables based in Ceredigion, Wales on the web at: https://www.celticsustainables.co.uk/, or phone 01239 777009 for help on selecting the finest environmentally friendly products that benefit your home.
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