I have a pretty big obsession with homes. I have a big obsession with a lot of things, but #1 is homes and #2 is what goes into them.
On the topic of Obsession #1, I have come across some very interesting “offbeat” homes lately. Ones that look like a hill. Ones that look like they’re from Hobbiton. See what I mean:
Low Impact Woodland Home:
Built in Wales, this house was built into a hillside and looks very much like a Hobbit house. Materials include found wood, lime plaster, straw, and a wood burning oven.
I cannot imagine how it feels to wake up in a house like this every day! Well, maybe I can imagine it, because I think it would be absolutely AMAZING. Take a look at the website to learn more about the story, and what these people are working on now! Perhaps it will inspire you!
Want to build your own dome? Here are some instructions! I can just picture people with a dome in their backyard (now, I’m talking EVERYone) instead of those little sheds you buy at Home Depot. Wouldn’t that be cool? If you made one big enough and sturdy enough you could put in a bed and make it the In Law Suite I think, using these principles, you could make your own little house or cottage out in the woods. Wouldn’t that be peaceful? I think so!
Check it out here.
Shevy’s Earth Home:
A cool little place covered with earth on most sides. How adorable is this?? There are so many benefits to using earth to cover your house; it keeps cool in summer and warm in winter. I want to live here!! Check out the building process.
This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!! Houses made from living trees. They are grown like this. A.MAZ.ING.
You NEED to go look at the rest of them. Right now.
OK so now I am going to let you drool over these houses. They are not really like the ones above… but I just love them so much I wanted to share Check out the Estate! Holy cow. Yeah yeah yeah these are crazy architectural houses that you and I could never afford… but hey. A girl’s gotta dream See more Earth Houses by Peter here.
I really like the idea of these. You can build a house out of natural materials, use natural processes to moderate your temperature and solar power to get some electricity. It is totally doable! I especially like the use of renewable resources (straw as a building material? Heck yes!) and low-impact building techniques.
Have you seen any cool eco/earth homes you’d like to share? Link to them in the comments, let’s see how cool they are! (Literally… earth homes will keep you cool!)