Build Your Own Low-Impact Home
Self-built with maximum regard to the environment, this low-impact home, which is dug into a hillside, uses natural and reclaimed materials, solar panels and a compost toilet. With little else than a chainsaw, hammer and chisel, Simon Dale, his wife and her father built the home for roughly £3000. A desire to raise children full-time, avoid chemical-infested commercial homes and live close to the land prompted the family to spend three months getting their hands (and everything else) thoroughly dirty.
Oak posts, straw bales and mud claimed from the surrounding area make up most of the structure. Pine palettes, originally scheduled to be burnt, were polished with non-toxic citrus oils and provide the flooring. Misfit windows, that eventually fit perfectly, were given free from a local glazier.
“When building is done in the way that I am talking about, what I'd call low-impact building, it's done on the ground by the person whose building it is, who is the architect and builder, who is working with respect for nature around and inside themselves. Then I think the process and result will be organic in every way and ecological. There would be no separation," says Simon Dale.
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