This amazing, hobbit-like house was hand constructed by farmer Michael Buck with unwanted scraps and £150 of materials (about 245 USD, but 150 sounded catchier in the title).
Technically categorized as a summer house, it’s located in Mr. Buck’s garden. He spent two years gathering materials for the home and about 8 months building it. He used a technique called cob for the walls, which consists of making the walls from sand, clay, straw, water, and earth.
The purpose behind its construction was to challenge the notion that it should take a lifetime to pay for a house.
It would have been free to build, too, except that he miscalculated how much straw he would need for the thatching. He used the money to buy extra straw and nails to hold the roof in place. But everything else was gathered scraps, such as wood from a skip used for the floors and an old windshield from a truck for the windows.
It has no electricity, but there’s a wood-burning stove and a water supply from the nearby stream. It’s livable, and, in fact, is currently being rented to a local dairy farm worker who pays her rent in milk and cream.
See the whole story at The Daily Mail.
8 Great Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home:
1. Wash your house’s face
2. Freshen the paint job
3. Regard the roof
4. Neaten the yard
5. Add a color splash
6. Glam your mailbox
7. Fence yourself in
8. Maintenance is a must
To read all of the details of these suggestions, check out this article from HouseLogic:
Does your house remind you of a Halloween Haunted House?
Now that Fall is here, your house may be experiencing some expanding and contracting via its pipes, framing, glass, and even its nails. This can cause a variety of problems.
If you find you have
- Zombie Odors
- Footsteps in the Attic
- Smells of Something Burning
- Moaning and Clattering
it may be time to call your plumber, exterminator, or even your HVAC technician.
Read why here:
Got a free weekend? Even just a day?
Try one of these do-it-yourself projects that cost about $300 – or even less!
1. Add a garden arbor entry.
2. Install a window awning.
3. Screen off your air conditioner from view.
4. Add garage storage.
5. Edge your garden.
Read details and instructions here:
1. Fix a leaky toilet.
2. Repair drywall holes.
3. Adjust cabinet doors.
4. Open a stuck window.
5. Stop a leaking faucet.
6. Silence door squeaks.
7. Turn off the main water line.
Find out how to solve all these common homeowner maintenance issues here:
Want a complete kitchen remodel, but don’t have the full budget you’ll need available yet?
Try these 5 money-saving steps:
Stage 1: Start with a complete design plan
Stage 2: Order the cabinets, appliances, and lighting fixtures
Stage 3: Gut the kitchen and do the electrical and plumbing work
Stage 4: Install cabinets, countertop, appliances, flooring, and fixtures
Final phases: Upgrade if necessary
Read all the details here: