I have long been a fan of Karen Kingston. I was glad to discover Apartment Therapy, a blog that embraces her principles.
Featured is a Low Impact Woodland home, self constructed by Simon Dale and his family. Definitively worth visiting.
Look at that Hobbit-like house. Oh my Goodness!
It's just the perfect dream house. Obviously the family has worked hard, but the result is so harmonious and happy, that it was definitively worth the effort. Simon says:
"This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again".
Wow! I'd love to believe that!
Some of the eco features include:
a skylight to let in natural light
solar panels to fuel lights and electronics like a cd player and computer
a refrigerator cooled by air coming underground through the foundation
water supplied by gravity from a nearby spring
collection of roof water for use in the garden
a compost toilet
A lovely family, living in a beautiful, healthy house.