Simon Dale isn’t your ordinary father and this is no ordinary home. After he decided paying a mortgage and incurring debt wasn’t the greatest thing, he moved his family to the Wales countryside. Armed with a hammer, chainsaw, and a chisel, and with no prior building experience, he set to work constructing a home for his family that Bilbo Baggins himself would envy.

He began with some rough sketches to flesh out the idea…

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While his wife and two children camped out nearby, he began framing the exterior using felled timber from the forest. The process took him four months.

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If you can believe it, he had zero prior experience in carpentry and architecture! Regardless, he learned how to timber frame and use strawbale techniques just fine.

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Giving his son a lesson on structural safety…

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“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.”

5312502c1629c285d8f8ccba17e1cba5_imageHe used lime plaster on the walls as an alternative to cement and other potentially carcinogenic materials.

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The interior is simply stunning, with a magical aura penetrating every corner.

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A living roof of grass and moss covers the roof.

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The home blends right into the hillside, becoming a natural part of its surroundings.

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Unfortunately the local government pushed the family out of this home, citing a lack of proper permits as the reason. However, since building the home in 2003 the family has since moved into a new home, but Simon continues to work on other similar projects, both for his family and others. This hobbit house remains intact and serves as inspiration for others, along with a place for You can see more of his work on his website, http://simondale.net

3 COMMENTS

  1. every thing is beautiful and free until the bureaucrats feel they have to step in to get their dollars and cents.

    bureaucratic nosiness, posturing and muscle flexing to force others into grinding, soul sucking indebtedness.

    along with their feeling of god given rights to interfere, direct and control every facet of someone's life.

  2. i just posted on this…. WHY do the postings never show up??? why does it always say NO COMMENTS?
    there is no freaking way that you are going to convince me that not one single, solitary person has ever made a comment on this????

    • @echo – sorry! We manually approve comments, but you can use the Facebook comment system and they will automatically show up 🙂

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