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Art Sharing #8: Simon Dale & family (sculpture)

Simon Dale & family

I missed last week (did you notice?) but am making up for it with an extra-inspirational art sharing this week; a living sculpture, a true home. This small family took organic, natural materials and put them together with deep respect for the earth, resulting in an unimaginably beautiful dwelling place. Seeing the natural shapes of the wood put to use (rather than chopped and shaved into sameness) fills me with delight! Everything about it -- the sod-covered roof, natural-shaped windows, loft area, reciprocal frame roof, skylight -- makes my heart sing. ♥ And I am grateful to them for being so mindful of resources and using scrap wood and glass that would otherwise have been discarded. I'm really awed.

Seeing these photos moved me so deeply that I have made a goal to have land of my own and build an organic home (I hated the idea of buying a house and being tied down, and I knew that my old dream of a giant custom house was really beyond my reach). Ben is both relieved (that I seem to be willing to settle and make the financially wise choice of owning) and doubtful (that such a dwelling would be sound and strong). I've even thought about making nice with my male bio-parent and his brother (because they build -- the uncle does it for a living). hmm. Who knows, it's still a ways off, but I could see it happening in another year or two.

the frame

building the roof

parent and baby peering in the skylight

front of the house

view from the front door, under the porch roof

looking at the front door and the west window

west window

looking down at the kitchen and west window from the loft

stairs, loft above playroom below, kitchen, west window, front door.

loft before stairs and railing / twinkle lights!

east window & living area in candlelight

east window in daylight

east window from the outside

thank you to shioneh for introducing me to this!

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sylvanfae ══╣House╠══
I've seen that before, and fell in love! Talk about dream house! <3<3<3
tree joy
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
yeah! :D
febrile_lune ══╣╠══
That is absofuckinglutely amazing. It's actually MAGICAL.

Wow... *entranced*
belenen ══╣magical╠══
yes it is ♥
kschap ══╣╠══
My boyfriend and I want to live there! :) That first picture of the house in the dusk is so beautiful.
belenen ══╣wanderlust╠══
move to GA and we'll buy land together and start a commune hee hee :D
acid_burns ══╣╠══
Damn... wow.
tree wisdom
belenen ══╣tree wisdom╠══
I know. ♥
gem_night77 ══╣╠══
belenen ══╣amused╠══
haha, I thought so too! ;-)
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
When I first saw these pictures, I kid you not, my mouth dropped. It is just an absolute dream and fantasy come true! I can imagine myself living a very spiritual writing life under that roof.
belenen ══╣treespirit╠══
I KNOW! my mouth absolutely dropped too. ♥
armandii ══╣╠══
I remember a tv documentary about the building of that house. It looks amazing.
belenen ══╣curious╠══
oh wow, I would love to see that! do you remember what it was called?
armandii ══╣╠══
hyrkanian ══╣╠══
There are a *lot* of books about earth-friendly building, and we've bought and read several over the past few months. Our search for homestead acreage continues, but we plan to do some kind of earth-friendly house when we find land. If you look on Amazon for books on cordwood, cob, slipstraw, straw bale, stoneslip, adobe, rammed earth, papercrete, wattle and daub, etc., you'll see a lot of what we bought.

As for structural soundness, modern construction methods are not "sound." We have a 2 story, 2000 square foot house that has settled in less than a decade to not be entirely level. If you're using cordwood you have walls up to 18" thick, strawbales the same. IMHO these are much more structurally sound buildings than stick-frame houses. And they are so much healthier, for the residents and for the planet. Less chemicals in them!
belenen ══╣wanderlust╠══
oooooh, how wonderful! thanks for the info, and I wish you the absolute BEST of luck finding the right land!
bezigebij ══╣╠══
Very hobbit like. I bet you could eat several breakfasts there each day.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
hee hee! :D
storeyphoto ══╣╠══
Absolutely gorgeous!
belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
I agree! ♥
winternightsky ══╣╠══
That looks seriously amazing, I love the curves and shapes of the house. Who wouldn't want to live in something like that?
belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
I know! I love the curved walls and lack of corners.
deleon ══╣╠══
this is wonderful
tree wisdom
belenen ══╣tree wisdom╠══
indeed ♥
(Anonymous) ══╣╠══
tree wisdom
belenen ══╣tree wisdom╠══
yes! ♥
suesniffsglue ══╣╠══
That place is an absolute dream. Can you just imagine how it would feel to live there? It would be amazing.
belenen ══╣treespirit╠══
oh it would ♥
this is the place I call home
smurfb1ue ══╣this is the place I call home╠══
It's like a Hobbit Hole.
I could dwell in a place like that forever. Probably!
belenen ══╣wanderlust╠══
:D me too! with occasional trips away.
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