Sustainable Eco Villages Header
Forgot password?
Join Now

Eco Housing

Low Impact Affordable Housing

CSS Quick Menu


The following home located in Wales taken from

The house was estimated to cost $3000 pounds (About $5000 Australia Dollars) and 1000 to 1500 man-hours.

Some key points of the design and construction:

Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter

Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls, foundations etc.

Frame of oak thinnings (spare wood) from surrounding woodland

Reciprocal roof rafters are structurally and aesthetically fantastic and very easy to do

Straw bales in floor, walls and roof for super-insulation and easy building

  1.    Plastic sheet and mud/turf roof for low impact and ease

  2.    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

  1.     Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations

  2.     Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light

Solar panels for lighting, music and computing

Water by gravity from nearby spring

Compost toilet

  1. Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.