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Young family win their three-year planning battle to live in the ‘Hobbit house’ in Pembrokeshire — 4 Comments

  1. Good news – they should be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. It is very artistic and beautiful and it is hard to plan the creativity that gives ‘hobbit house’ the uniqueness. Only the general concept could have possibly been approved.

    • That’s right. Trouble is, as you probably know codes require all the detailed plans in advance. The whole code system is seriously screwed up. This young couple were extremely fortunate. The only reason their house was saved was because of the huge public outcry that forced the hand of the officials.

  2. This story highlights three main points that we’ve been emphasizing on our blog for years:
    1. Simple owner-built houses made with natural local materials can be built at a fraction of the cost of factory made materials. Building to code can raise the cost 10 times as much.
    2. The building codes need major changes so they reflect the will of the people. People have a right to shelter. People should be able to build sustainable houses like these if they can’t afford or don’t want to build with wasteful factory made materials.
    3. Natural homes can be very beautiful as well as simple to build and energy efficient.

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