This is soo amazing! I found this on sk*rt- my new favorite place to surf the web. If you've ever watched "The Lord of the Rings" and wished you too could live in the shire then check this out!
Simon, Jasmine, Cosmo and Elfie a Welsh family found a unique solution to the high-cost of housing while also indulging their desire to live closer to nature and built a small eco-home into a hillside. It took them a few months, a few thousand dollars, and a tolerance of mud and slugs.
Built by Dale, his father in law, visiting friends and "help from passers by" (good morning to you, oh and by the way, do you want to pick up a hammer and help me bang in this beam? weird.), none of whom were trained architects.
Said Dale, "This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again." (Umm, I have my doubts)
Some of the eco features include:
a skylight to let in natural light
solar panels to fuel lights and electronics like a cd player and computer
a refrigerator cooled by air coming underground through the foundation
water supplied by gravity from a nearby spring
collection of roof water for use in the garden
a compost toilet