Fed up with huge mortgage payments, Simon Dale decided to take matters into his own hands – literally. Armed with only a chisel, a chainsaw and a hammer, the 32-year-old moved his family to a hillside in Wales and started digging for his hobbit house.
The result is a wooden eco-home – constructed in four months and costing just £3,000 – which would look perfectly at ease alongside the Hobbit houses in The Lord Of The Rings.

On a hillside in Wales, 32-year-old Simon Dale went to work. Sick of the costs associated with owning a typical home, Simon sought after a realistic, affordable solution. He found just that. This man with no carpentry or building experience got out his hammer, his chainsaw, and a chisel, and started to build.

Simon lives in the house with his writer and gardener wife and two children, and insists that building an eco-home from scratch is a doddle: “This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverance and a mate or two to give a lift now and again.”

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