Friday, October 14, 2011

The "Charming House"

The Low Impact Woodland Home

How charming is this very real home which has been built in Wales!
If you follow the link, you will see other pictures, and a description of how this residence was created and why.... So fascinating! The owner says it was basically built from rubbish- discarded parts.
Amazing space... !

Some key points of the design and construction:
  • Plastic sheet and mud/turf roof for low impact and ease
  • Lime plaster on walls is breathable and low energy to manufacture (compared to cement)
  • Reclaimed (scrap) wood for floors and fittings
  • Anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere (windows, burner, plumbing, wiring...)
  • Woodburner for heating - renewable and locally plentiful
  • Flue goes through big stone/plaster lump to retain and slowly release heat
  • Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
  • Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light
  • Solar panels for lighting, music and computing
  • Water by gravity from nearby spring
  • Compost toilet
  • Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.
Also- follow links to the bigger and better, second project:

Enjoy, my friends!

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