You are looking at pictures
of our family home in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law
with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting
we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000
put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly
£60/sq m excluding labour).
The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation
gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Being your own (have
a go) architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something
which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass produced
box designed for maximum profit and convenience of the construction industry.
Building from natural materials does away with producers profits and the
cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.