Inspiration Station: Low Impact Homes

Lately I’ve been inspired by houses made out of sustainable materials, like this Low Impact Woodland Home located in Wales:

 Looks like a little hobbit lair! This house is old news, since apparently the owners have already moved on to greener pastures…but I still think his “key points” on building his low impact home make for a good universal list:

  • Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter
  • Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls, foundations etc.
  • Frame of oak thinnings (spare wood) from surrounding woodland
  • Reciprocal roof rafters are structurally and aesthetically fantastic and
    very easy to do
  • Straw bales in floor, walls and roof for super-insulation and easy building
  • Plastic sheet and mud/turf roof for low impact and ease
  • Lime plaster on walls is breathable and low energy to manufacture (compared
    to cement)
  • Reclaimed (scrap) wood for floors and fittings
  • Anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere (windows,
    burner, plumbing, wiring…)
  • Wood burner for heating – renewable and locally plentiful
  • Flue goes through big stone/plaster lump to retain and slowly release heat
  • Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
  • Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light
  • Solar panels for lighting, music and computing
  • Water by gravity from nearby spring
  • Compost toilet
  • Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.

If you’re not going to buy an existing house, you might as well build a home that respects the natural landscape (or even, one that grows with it – Check out Botany Building):

From Apple Cocaine

From Kate Grice 

From The Magnificant Soil

From Re-Nest

And don’t forget to use salvaged materials whenever possible!

From Low Impact Living

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