Simon Dale: How I built my hobbit house in Wales for just £3,000
By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 21:26 EDT, 21 September 2011 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. 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. Finished article: Simon Dale's family home which he built in four months for a cost of £3,000 Nestled: The moon rises on the house which is roofed with grass and blends in to its woodland surroundings Cosy home: The house is heated by a wood burner and a solar panel provides power Mr Dale, who has no experience in carpentry or architecture, created his sustainable family home using scrap wood for floors, materials scavenged from skips and by diverting water from a nearby spring. From scratch: Simon Dale building his 'hobbit house'