The sight of Michael Buck’s cob house must remind you of Tolkien and his Middle Earth- and the story of the house is indeed fantastical.
Micheal Buck, father of three, 59, used only natural materials and unwanted items to build this cottage on his land in Oxfordshire, which costs only £150. The cottage is now rented out and the rent is just mick and cream. Since there is no mains electricity, gar or water in the cob house, the day-to-day spending is never a headache to the tenant.
It takes Michael Buck eight months to build the house by using the ancient methods-cob, and materials used include sand, clay, straw, water and earth. Buck did all the projects by himself, including the wooden roof frame thatched with straw. The 300 sq ft floorboards are made from a skip, and the windows get their glass from the windscreen of a lorry.
The cob walls, thatched roof and the celling filled with sheep’s wool make the cob house incredibly good at storing heat, so you can never worry about being cold.
The house is also installed with a wood-burning stove, and light is provided by candles and lanterns. A pipe, coming from a diverted spring, provides free water is outside the house.
The WC is a separate, compositing thatched outhouse, while the bathroom is a simple tin tub hanging on the wall.
Mr Buck, who himself lives in a conventional home with his wife, said that in a society where we spend our lives paying our mortgages, he wanted to show that houses don’t have to cost anything. His friends lend their hands in building the house and their names are left on the wall now, together with the names of three cows, whose dung provided the materials for plaster.