This Charming Cob Home Was Built By Hand For Less Than $250

Cob-HouseBy Amanda Froelich

What could you  do with $250? Buy a one-way plane ticket? Splurge on an evening out? What about build a charming little cob home, in which you – or someone else – might live?

If you chose the last option, you’d be in good company with Michael Buck, a British farmer who hand built the charming abode shown below.

Oddity Central reports that the 59-year-old retired art teacher from Oxfordshire crafted the tiny house in his garden for a mere £150 (>USD $250). He did this by using no power tools and using only materials that he could find. In addition, he didn’t need to pay any special permits, as the cob home is considered a summer home.

michael-buck-cob-house-2 Buck spent two years collecting local materials which he foraged or salvaged himself. He also drew up the design on the back of an envelope.

The cob home’s floorboards were from a neighbor’s derelict boat, and the glass for the windows was salvaged from a scrapped truck. The roof’s thatching is straw which he gathered and hauled himself from adjacent fields.

michael-buck-cob-house-6 michael-buck-cob-house-7For pleasure and bathing purposes, there is a nearby creek which supplies water. There might be no running water or electricity in the house, but one could definitely include these resources with a bigger budget.

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Inside, there is a wood stove to heat the well-insulated space, and a spherical pile of wood is stacked right outside the home. A nearby well serves as a refrigerator, and there is a composting toilet in a separate outhouse.

michael-buck-cob-house-4 michael-buck-cob-house-8And, don’t forget about the chicken coop!

michael-buck-cob-house-9Buck’s main interest in creating this abode was to show that a house can cost absolutely nothing to make:

A house doesn’t have to cost the earth, you only need the earth to build it. I wanted to show that houses don’t have to cost anything. We live in a society where we spend our lives paying our mortgages, which many people don’t enjoy.

The $250 accounts for what he paid for straw and nails.

michael-buck-cob-house-1The farmer now rents this cozy 300-square foot house to a woman working at a nearby dairy farm, which allows her to pay rent in fresh milk.

michael-buck-cob-house-10Undoubtedly, amazing things can be created with a bit of determination and integrity. And, perhaps, with a couple hundred dollars.

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