Simon Dale, a self-build devotee, constructed his Hobbit house entirely from natural and reclaimed materials, including tiles from a showroom skip and spent $4,900 and only 4 months on this low-impact living. It took about 1000-1500 man hours to finish the project.
The house was built with maximum regard for the environment. It was dug into hillside. Foundations and walls were made of stone and mud from diggings. Frame of oak thinnings came from surrounding woodland. Straw bales were used to build walls, floor and roof for super-insulation.
There is a naturally cooled refrigerator in the house. It is cooled by air coming underground through foundations. The house residents use water from the nearby spring. Solar panels generate electricity for lighting, computing and music. Day light penetrates through the skylight in the roof of the house.
Candles are another way of lighting the “hobbit house” in the evening.