Were mesmerized with the Hobbit's dwellings in Middle Earth in 'The Lord of the Rings'? Did you want to live in the Shire? Think they had a magical life? You will love looking and these websites and conjuring up in your mind what it would be like to live in a eco-friendly house. I am not sure I could sustain a life with only an outhouse. The idea of a simpler, quieter life does appeal to me.
Frankly, I have not understood the way we build houses, especially in the last 15 years. Pre-menapausal me, before I felt like I had a volcano bubbling inside somewhere, I would take very long, very hot baths. I felt so guilty about wasting that perfectly good grey water that I would haul it one bucket at a time downstairs to the backyard. Why is it that we don't have some little switch somewhere in the bathroom plumbing so I can send that water to the flowers? Why did they built this house in 1960 with NO insulation? Why aren't solar panels included as standard home-building procedure? Why don't gutter systems come equipped with a rain barrel? It should be all inclusive and most important affordable!
As a side note, I think our government keeps us so confused with wars and talk of wars. I think most of us are so busy driving back and forth to work, making money to pay our bills. We are so busy with the business of survival, we do not have so much time to think about the future of a more earth-friendly existence or doing much about it.
Life in an eco-roundhouse, a house, made of wood, turf, straw and recycled materials, is designed to make as low an impact on the environment as possible, on BBC.
Simon and Jasmine's exquisite house in West Wales.
Matavenero is an ecovillage in North-west Spain.
A gallery of low-impact dwellings.
The Cae Mabon Retreat Centre has been evolving since 1989.
Building straw bale project. Sonoma home built with straw bale.
The baleraising of Lou Harrison's Desert Retreat. Greenbuilder.com's Straw Bale Home Tour. Article about Down to Earth Homes from Mother Earth News.
A very expensive home built out of an old missile silo.
Pre-fab by Weberhaus. KitHAUS K1 module from Prefab homes.
Green roof tiles by Toyota Roof Garden. I saw the Library in Ballard has grass on their roof. I think it a looks beautiful and more about green roof at Ecotist.com.
And how many times do I have to tell my son and husband to turn off the lights when they leave a room?