A few years ago, I watched an episode of the british tv-series Grand Designs. The series follow british people who design and build their own houses, from start (and sometimes) to finish :) This particular episode "The Woodman's Cottage" featured the builder Ben Law (and his family) who wanted to build a environmental friendly, low-impact house out of natural materials such as wood, straw, clay, etc. They wantet to be self sustainable with a garden where they would grow their own food.
~ The house ~
Ben's philosopy was to create a beautiful, handcrafted, low tech home of inexpencive materials that would blend in with it's natural sourroundings. He also used centuries old, traditional tecniques. The inside walls and insulation were made of clayed straw bales (cob), and he wanted to keep all his timber in the round, as nature intended
(not cut square like most modern houses).
I love his vision, the materials and the kind of odd shape. Just look at that window :)
And the cob oven above :)
What a heavenly flourishing garden!
~ My awakening ~
The first time I saw this episode (yes, I've seen it several times, and again in the preperations of this post), it was like something changed in my head and heart. I had never given the idea of 'growing your own food' or 'building your own home' any thought. First of all, it was "something no one did anymore". Second; it seemed impossible. Luckily this man and volunteers proved me wrong :D
As a young woman who still hadn't quite found her goal in life, this episode from a tv-series came as a guiding star. It immediately changed my life and suddenly a magical, low impact, self sustainable lifestyle in harmony with nature
had become my ideal, my dream and life goal :)
Below I've shared the revisited-episode that shows the whole process,
and how the house and family were doing some years later.
If you only want to see the finished results, skip to 36.00:
Ben Law's web page: http://www.ben-law.co.uk/
My own list of inspiring homes:
Other inspiring natural houses: http://naturalhomes.org/
Grand designs: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs
~ Love and light ~