It looks like something straight out of Middle Earth – and the story behind it is almost as fantastical.
This cottage cost just £150 to build, using only natural or reclaimed materials, and is now rented out for a fee of fresh milk and cream.
And with no mains electricity, gas or water, the bills don’t come to much either.
Cob house: Michael Buck built this house at the bottom of his garden for just £150 using natural or unwanted materials he found in skips
Interior: Mr Buck rescued the floorboards from a neighbour’s skip and used the windscreen of an old lorry to create several of the home’s windows
Inside: Although the cottage has no electricity it does have free running water from a nearby spring and walls painted with a chalk and plant resin mixture
Homely: The cottage has a kitchen and dining area, along with a bunk-style bed to maximise space below
Smallholder Michael Buck spent eight months constructing the house using the ancient technique of cob – building with a mixture of sand, clay, straw, water and earth. He taught himself the method by reading a book, even shaping the walls without a single power tool.
He also made the simple wooden roof frame and thatched it himself with straw from his fields. The 300 sq ft of floor space features floorboards rescued from a skip, while an old windscreen from a lorry provided glass for the windows.
With no central heating, you might think it would be a bit chilly, but he says the cob walls and thatched roof make it incredibly well insulated – and the ceiling is stuffed with sheep’s wool from a nearby farm to help keep the heat in further.
6 thoughts on “The £150 hobbit hole: Farmer builds a cosy cob home using materials he recycled from skips… and the tenant pays the rent in MILK”
Nicer and cheaper than my house, and possibly better insulated too.
The thatched roof gets greasy when wet, and pets who curl up there for warmth have a tendency to slide off during rainstorms. That’s where the expression “raining cats and dogs” comes from.
Looks nice inside and out. Problem is is where was this built because it would never pass the building codes here where I am from. About a year ago a couple built a log cabin that reminds me of this and it was condemed because it didn`t pass building codes.
In some areas you have to work with the inspectors.
Yes D,that is what they say but then again it is those inspectors that think that they own your land. they are another example of illegitamate trouble makers. F them inspectors. D. they are all just a bunch of busy body trouble makers that always like to point the finger. Them inspectors are just a bunch of bought off govt. paid employes at best. they are a bunch of low lifed busy bodied snoops and I do again say at best.
This is what I’m planning to build for my family. We found cheap land and I sketched rough plans to build a 1700 sq ft home. There is a ton of material on cob all around the Internet. I’ve been a builder for 15 years and only just learned how to build with cob about a year ago. It makes much better sense to build this way, rather then to build with toxic materials as most homes are nowadays, also to mention it doesn’t contribute to all the deforestation that takes place. Its really easy to do and takes little knowledge to build with it.
The best part, its only going to cost about 8-10 thousand to build the entire home. I’ll send in pictures as I progress with the build.