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Farmer builds a house for just £150 using materials he found in skips

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 neighbouring farm, who pays for her lodgings in milk

A farmer has built a house for just £150 using an ancient building technique and materials he found in skips.

Michael Buck, 59, used only natural materials or unwanted items to build the ‘cob house’ at the bottom of his garden in the Oxfordshire countryside.

The former art teacher, now a rural smallholder near Oxford, has started renting out the property and his current tenant – a worker on a neighbouring dairy farm – pays for her lodgings in milk.

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

Cob houses are built according to a method thought to date back to prehistoric times which uses only earth, clay and straw.

In building the house, 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.

He even carried a 10ft wide bundle of reeds draped across his back on foot to avoid racking up a carbon footprint.

The dedicated father-of-three also taught himself how to thatch in order to create the house’s intricate roof.

Although it has no electricity the cottage boasts free running water from a nearby spring and walls painted with a chalk and plant resin mixture.

It has a kitchen and dining area, along with a bunk-style bed to maximise space below.

 

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