- Michael Buck used only natural materials or unwanted items to build ‘cob house’ at bottom of his garden
- He said he wanted to challenge the notion that paying for a house should take a lifetime
- He is now renting out the property to a worker on a neighouring farm, who pays for her lodgings in milk
It looks like something straight out of Middle Earth – and the story behind it is almost as fantastical.
This cottage cost just £150 to build, using only natural or reclaimed materials, and is now rented out for a fee of fresh milk and cream.
And with no mains electricity, gas or water, the bills don’t come to much either.
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Cob house: Michael Buck built this house at the bottom of his garden for just £150 using natural or unwanted materials he found in skips
Interior: Mr Buck rescued the floorboards from a neighbour’s skip and used the windscreen of an old lorry to create several of the home’s windows
Inside: Although the cottage has no electricity it does have free running water from a nearby spring and walls painted with a chalk and plant resin mixture
Homely: The cottage has a kitchen and dining area, along with a bunk-style bed to maximise space below
Smallholder Michael Buck spent eight months constructing the house using the ancient technique of cob – building with a mixture of sand, clay, straw, water and earth. He taught himself the method by reading a book, even shaping the walls without a single power tool.