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Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

Simon Dale proves that you don't have to be an architect to design and build a beautiful, cozy, low-energy home. With £3,000, a few simple tools, and a little help from his father-in-law and friends, Simon constructed an extraordinary hobbit home that has virtually no visual or environmental impact on the surrounding landscape.

from One Kindesign

55 Amazing space-saving kitchens under the stairs

Wealden Times | House | Micro chic eco style Another, more rustic way to use the under ladder/stairs space.

from the Guardian

Zero-carbon eco home is light years ahead

The world's first Active House stands at the crest of an estate. Its south-facing roof is covered in solar panels and solar cells, which between them harness more than enough power to keep the occupants warm and the appliances running. In around 30 years' time, if designers have got their sums right, the excess electricity flowing from the house into Denmark's grid will have cancelled out the energy costs of building it, leaving a non-existent footprint on the earth's resources.

from Minieco

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The best eco-friendly homes

You name it, this house has it: an air-source heat pump, a rainwater harvester, central-vacuuming system, triple-glazing and motion-sensitive lighting system. It also features underfloor heating and self-closing loos. The five bedrooms are arranged over three storeys.

from family budgeting

Monday Money Quote: Environment vs Economy

If you really think the economy is more important that the environment, try holding your breath whilst you count your money.

Yes I wanna get married and all that jazz, but what's wrong with a little bachelor-pad-cave-thingy in the yard?