Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry


I just watched this episode of Grand Designs Revisited, looking at an almost entirely wooden house build in the forest in Sussex by a woodsman, using volunteer labour and materials almost entirely from his own woods, crafted by his own hands.

It's fully self sufficient in water and energy, and almost so in food.

The roof is wooden shingles, the frame coppiced sweet chestnut, the walls weatherboarded but lined with straw bales and lime render.

The toilet is composting and a wood burning stove provides hot water and heating, although it doesn't need much heating since it is so well insulated.

The straw bale walls were carved and curved around the windows to let more light in.

Never has a project tempted me more to leave everything behind and live self sufficiently, somehow!


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
That house is amazing! We'd love to do something like that, but even buying land with planning permission is so expensive. That's pretty much my dream house, I'll have to watch it!
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)

I love it... I'd love to do someting like this.
I wish "new builds" were obliged to incorporate even 1/10 this things here.
( 2 comments — Leave a comment )