When you ask Simon Dale why he’s doing what he’s doing, he has a simple answer: it’s fun!
He has nearly completed building his second unique, sustainable, low-impact home in Wales, designed to nourish the residents as well the natural environment.
“Our society is almost entirely dependent on the availability of increasing amounts of fossil fuel energy,” Dale writes, and if we don’t start drastically decreasing the energy we use we as a world will be faced with an “ecological catastrophe.”
The method of reducing consumption that Dale is passionate about is building homes that respect, repair and connect with the immediate natural environment.
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The first natural home he built, which also happened to be the first major construction project he’d ever tackled, is tucked in the side of a quaint hill in Wales, is wood heated and solar powered, and was built in less than six months for under $5000.
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Dale built this house primarily by himself, though family, friends, and passersby often leant a hand.
The Dale family was able to move into their cozy hillside home after just four months of construction and Dale says he spent £3000, or $4627 US dollars.
He used oak thinnings from the area around the building site to build the house frame. Reclaimed wood served as a low cost and environmentally friendly flooring.
A composting toilet, turf roof, wood burning stove keep the house sustainable and comfortable.
Simon Dale, like many tiny house builders, makes a point to say that anyone can build this kind of house if they have a mind to.
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Just three years ago, Dale had never built a house before and had limited construction experience.
He relied on a chainsaw, hammer, chisel and little else to build a cozy, sustainable Welsh home for his family. “It’s fun,” he says.
And then takes it a bit deeper. “Living your own life in your own way is rewarding. Following our dreams keeps our souls alive.”
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Written by Newt Stremple for Tiny House Talk