A 59-year-old retired British art teacher has proved that anyone can have their very own little piece of heaven on Earth for hundreds of dollars. Michael Buck successfully built a cob house on land he previously owned for only $250.
Homeownership, even after the recession and real estate market's nosedive, is still an unobtainable dream for many, but it doesn’t have to be.
A 59-year-old retired British art teacher has proven that anyone can have their very own little piece of heaven on Earth for hundreds of dollars. Michael Buck successfully built a beautiful cob house tucked into his garden.
The total construction cost to erect the building was a mere $250. Buck used materials he already had and tracked down local building supplies he could find on his own. Anything requiring the use of power tools was not used in the construction.
The living conditions inside the residence are certainly for a minimalist. There is no running water, no electricity and the composting toilet is in a separate outhouse. However the layout is beautiful and the design can be described as cozy.
A woodstove provides heat, keeping the temperature nice and warm thanks to the insulated cob walls, A few examples of Buck’s money saving efforts included using window glass from a salvaged truck and floorboards from his neighbor’s old and abandoned boat.
Buck stated “A house doesn’t have to cost the earth, you only need the earth to build it.”