Hobbit House Exists in the UK!

Can you believe this?!  Hobbit house exists in the Uk!  In the Cotswolds infact. As we say Goodbye to 2012 and Welcome in a New Year, just imagine the foresight and determination that this building required.  If we could set a visions for ourselves, focus on it and live as tho we already have it, imagine how powerful that would be?  I take my hat off to this person…

This ‘Hobbit House’ was built without planning permission by a local eccentric artist, as a sheep shed. Some shed! It started as a simple single height building but grew and grew. It took over ten years to build using stone from the nearby fields. It is so well hidden that council did not know about it, but when they did find out the artist was told to stop. This was in the late 90′s and the artist just stopped and moved to Scotland, leaving it unfinished. Although the Hobbit House was not finished to was big enough to live in but now is full of rubbish, has been partly vandalized. Some parts are unstable and the building is starting to crumble. I had heard about this building but could not find it(it’s not visiable on Google Earth), until earlier this year. I have been back recently and it is now overgrown by ivy and nettles.

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Straw Bale Construction

The benefits of straw bale construction are huge.  Take a look at this short video to get informed!

Eco Straw House’s Comments: The benefits of using Straw Bale Construction have far more pro’s than con’s.  For example, huge insulation value R 40 to 50, are 4 times more fire retardant than a stick frame house, and twice as structurally integral.  They have very  low heating costs, and don’t need air conditioning.  They have survived the earthquake shake test, use a totally renewable waste resource (straw) and are beautiful to look at, not to mention warm and cozy inside!

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Straw Bale Home for Sale, Aylmer, Quebec

 Straw Bale Home for Sale, Aylmer, Quebec

A warm and welcoming, open concept, 1600 sq.ft. highly energy efficient strawbale home. It is a one of a kind work of art. High pine ceilings and exposed reclaimed timberframe structure. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, beautiful location.

FOR SALE:  $325,000straw bale for sale, Aylmer, Quebec

FOR RENT:  $1600

Contact information: Jacki Coolican  819-827-0459  jackicoolican@hotmail.com

Highlights of the house :

Stamped concrete radiant floor heating on main floor

straw bale for sale, Aylmer, Quebecstraw bale for sale, Aylmer, QuebecSustainably harvested bamboo and cork flooring on second floor

Evokes memories of Mexico and Europe with its rustic charm and warm earth tones.

Beautiful south-facing, solid wood tilt & turn windows

Unique mosaic artwork on each of the extra-deep window sills

Large master bedroom with generous walk-in closet

straw bale for sale, Aylmer, QuebecClaw foot tub and large shower;straw bale for sale, Aylmer, Quebec

Brand new kitchen;

Newly landscaped yard with Eastern white cedar fence with artisan gates;  Superior Energy Efficiency and healthy materials are a major feature:

Straw bale construction, Radiant floor heating, Infrared electric baseboard heating with room by room climate control.  Tankless water heating system.  Bamboo and cork flooring, Energy efficient appliances,  Solar oven (in addition to regular slide in range oven),  Long -lasting and maintenance-free metal roof.  Eco-friendly green materials were used in building and maintaining this home. Interior finishings were done with health in mind, non-toxic hemp oil and beeswax for the wood and rich coloured eco-friendly paint for the walls.

Room Floor type Level
Bathroom
4.2×7.2 ft (1.28×2.19 m)
Concrete Ground floor
Dining room
9.6×8 ft (2.93×2.44 m)
Concrete Ground floor
Entrance
11×6 ft (3.35×1.83 m)
Concrete Ground floor
Kitchen
11×12 ft (3.35×3.66 m)
Concrete Ground floor
Laundry room
4.2×6 ft (1.28×1.83 m)
Concrete Ground floor
Living room
9.6×8 ft (2.93×2.44 m)
Concrete Ground floor
Bathroom
11×8 ft (3.35×2.44 m)
Bamboo Second floor
Bedroom 1 (Master)
15×11 ft (4.57×3.35 m)
Bamboo Second floor
Bedroom 2
10.6×10 ft (3.23×3.05 m)
Bamboo Second floor
Bedroom 3
10×7.6 ft (3.05×2.32 m)
Bamboo Second floor

Eco Straw House’s Comments:

I asked a few pertinent questions about this Straw Bale Home For Sale in Aylmer, Quebec and here are the answers:

What is your source of heating for the radiant flooring?

- electric, water

Expand on the heating issue…. I find people are always most concerned with that.

- very efficient

- hydro bills are approx. $135/ month.

Also, are you on municipal water/sewage?

- Yes

How much land do  you have or what size lot is it on?

- 60 x 100

How old is it?  i.e. what year was it built?

- Built in 2002

Are you the original owners?

- No

Does it have a basement?

- No

Is it wheelchair friendly ?

- No, but could be.

So, if you are in the market for a Straw Bale House, it will be well worth you checking out this Straw Bale Home for Sale, Aylmer, Quebec!

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Life Without Electricity

Living Without Electricity For One WeekCan you imagine Life Without Electricity?

Picture this: the grid goes down, for whatever reason (natural disaster, failure of the transformers, war, etc) and you don’t know when it will come back on.   Pretty scary for Continue reading

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Straw Bale Home/B & B For Sale:

Straw Bale House for Sale in OntarioBeautiful Straw Bale Home/ B & B for Sale in Norwood, Ontario, Canada

For Sale: A large straw bale bungalow in a 21.68 acre hardwood forest. This home was built in 2000 with operating a retreat/B&B in mind but would suit a large family.

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Building Code With Room For Innovation

Jeff Whitney, left, the Grand County, Utah building inspector, and Eric Plourde, the instructor overseeing construction of a straw bale home in Moab.A Building Code With Room for Innovation -

Jeff Whitney, the head building inspector in  Grand County, Utah came by the straw bale construction site in Moab where my wife and I are volunteering. He needed to inspect the Continue reading

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Building a House of Straw

Straw Bale Construction in New Zealand Killdeer/Dickinson veterinarian goes green by building a house of straw in North Dakota!

By: Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press

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Eco Straw House on 6 p.m. News Broadcast

What are the chances that Eco Straw House would be on the 6 p.m. News Broadcast?  Very good by the looks of things!

Click here to view the webcast!

(Fast forward to 7.35 mins if you prefer not to watch the whole newscast!)

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Straw Bale House Tour Today!

Straw Bale House TourOntario Straw Bale House Tour Today!

The tour is in full swing and lots of people are visiting to find out more about straw bale building!

CTV Barrie‘s KC Colby came out earlier to film so be sure to watch the interview on CTV Barrie!

 



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Building With Awareness

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