This earth-sheltered Australian hobbit home stays cozy all year

July 28, 2017 by  
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Nigel Kirkwood worked in the mining industry for 25 years and it was his fascination with the natural sustainability of tunnels that led him to build his own underground, earth-sheltered home to live out his retirement years. Located in Quindalup, Western Australia, Kirkwood’s self-built hobbit house is buried under nearly 1,000 tons of soil and covered with greenery. Working in the mining industry taught Kirkwood a thing or two about the sustainable features of underground structures. Using the tunnel layout as inspiration, he built the home on two large concrete footings and covered the structure with 19 tons of high-quality steel. He then sealed the structure with a Polyurea water- and fire-proof coating and, as the final step, buried his new home under 1,000 tons of locally-sourced loam sand. Along with the protection against fires and storms that underground homes offer, the earth-sheltered structure has natural insulative properties, requiring require no heating or cooling. Additionally, the interior is virtually sound-proofed against outdoor noise. Related: This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build The interior of the home is surprisingly bright and airy, thanks to the all-glass entranceways on either side of the home. The rooftop is covered in natural plants and beautiful flowers that bloom in the summertime. The greenery is drip irrigated and fertilized throughout the year. Mr. Kirkwood will be opening his house to the public in September for Sustainable House Day in order to inspire others to consider sustainable building options. Via Homecrux Images by ABC South West: Roxanne Taylor, via Homecrux

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6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

March 11, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable eco-friendly homes , cheap home designs , cheap houses , Derek Diedricksen , DIY homes , DIY houses , eco-friendly homes , how to build a house , lamar alexander , macy miller , Rural Studios , self-built houses , Steve Areen , tiny homes under $20k , tiny house family        

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10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD

March 11, 2014 by  
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Sydney and Melbourne are home to some of the greatest coffee shops and biggest coffee snobs in the world. Coffee is a cult in Australia , but with any addiction, there are side effects. Perhaps that explains the rise in popularity in the coffee alternative ‘LSD’ amongst Australians. But what is LSD and would you swap your daily coffee for it?  Read on to find out more. Read the rest of 10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Dandelion Coffee , Eco Travel Australia , Latte Soya Dandelion , Melbourne , Melbourne Cafe Culture , Melbourne Coffee Culture , sustainable food , sydney , Sydney Coffee Culture        

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