A new twist on green homes

There’s living off the grid, living low-impact, living green …. 

But what, exactly, do you call living in a cave?

Or in a Hobbit house?

While not quite a Frodo Baggins-certified dwelling, there is a Shire-esque residence in Wales.  And this home isn’t just for show – it was built with “maximum regard for the environment.” 

Some of the key design and construction points contributing to its low impact on the environment, according to the website, include:

  • Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls and foundations
  • Frame made of spare wood from surrounding woodland
  • Lime plaster on walls is breathable and requires little energy to manufacture (compared with cement)
  • Reclaimed wood used for floors and fittings
  • Wood burner for heating (renewable and locally plentiful)
  • Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
  • Skylight in roof lets in natural light
  • Solar panels used for lighting and other energy-requiring activities
  • Roof water collects in a pond for watering the garden

(Read more)


On the other side of “the pond” is a 15,000-square-foot sandstone cave in Festus, Missouri.  According to Inhabitat, the home was built by the Sleeper family after they traded their home for a three-acre parcel of property which happened to include an empty cave.

Some sustainable properties of the cave-home include its sandstone walls, which provide natural insulation.

To read more and see more pictures of this home, visit Inhabitat.com.



What interesting homes have you come across?

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