This Charming Eco-Friendly Cob House Was Built By Hand for Only $250! (Video)

Posted by on March 6, 2016 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 43 Comments

By Amanda Froelich |

What could you  do with $250? Buy a one-way plane ticket? Splurge on an evening out? What about build a charming little cob home, in which you – or someone else – might live?

If you chose the last option, you’d be in good company with Michael Buck, a British farmer who hand built the charming abode shown below.

Credit: Michael Buck

Credit: Michael Buck

Oddity Central reports that the 59-year-old retired art teacher from Oxfordshire crafted the tiny house in his garden for a mere £150 (USD $250). He did this by using no power tools and using only materials that he could find. In addition, he didn’t need to pay any special permits, as the cob home is considered a summer home.

Credit: Michael Buck

Buck spent two years collecting local materials which he foraged or salvaged himself. He also drew up the design on the back of an envelope.

The cob home’s floorboards were from a neighbor’s derelict boat, and the glass for the windows was salvaged from a scrapped truck. The roof’s thatching is straw which he gathered and hauled himself from adjacent fields.

Credit: Michael Buck

For pleasure and bathing purposes, there is a nearby creek which supplies water. There might be no running water or electricity in the house, but one could definitely include these resources with a bigger budget.

Inside, there is a wood stove to heat the well-insulated space, and a spherical pile of wood is stacked right outside the home. A nearby well serves as a refrigerator, and there is a composting toilet in a separate outhouse.

Credit: Michael Buck

The farmer now rents this cozy 300-square foot house to a woman working at a nearby dairy farm, which allows her to pay rent in fresh milk. 

Undoubtedly, amazing things can be created with a bit of determination and integrity. And, perhaps, with a couple hundred dollars.

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  1.' Professional cartoonist says:

    <<< like this page and inbox me i will draw you as a simpson portrait 🙂

  2.' Donald Thompson says:

    I think he’s waiting for The Smurfs???

  3.' Sabrina Ielardi says:

    Jessie Szabo lets do it smurfs life ?

  4.' Ronda Rodda says:

    Paula Nelson

  5.' Sharon Rose Dean says:


  6.' Julie Geroudet says:

    Elle est trooooop mignonne 🙂

  7.' Sara Duguay says:

    Cyndi Jones lol

  8.' Stuart N Karen Jacobs says:

    Some States have classes on building with cob. There’s buildings over 3000 yrs old still standing and the can have a R factor of 35 to 50 depending on how you build one. There a lot of hard work and takes patients from what I’ve researched. But there beautiful if done right. 🙂

  9.' Kimberly Stanley says:

    Anthony Lopez look babe

  10.' Sarah Reilly says:

    Catherine Evans

  11.' Danielle Nelsen says:

    Julio Ramos

  12.' Ozka Odin says:

    Watch the IRS try and impose a property tax on those people. Those damn cockroaches.

  13.' Felicia Lynch says:

    Ashley Brooke Procop

  14.' Sara Schaank says:

    I love that! ?

  15.' Jayme Adams says:

    Jess Cutt problem solved.

  16.' Jake Stanley says:

    Jon Bucks, twice this size and you’re set

  17.' Maddy Hunter says:

    Fabian Maldonado one day ??

  18.' Belinda Maree says:

    Ash Kilner

  19.' Pedro Santiago says:

    A true fire hazard…. 😉

  20.' Naughtyever Elmunz says:

    super unique

  21.' Roland Abiabdallah says:

    Sarah FO

  22.' Ceci Dodd says:

    lets do thisss Clemente Carranza

  23.' Martin Jupp says:

    Cob house’s in new forest UK 500 years old been lived in all that time , how long do new house’s last, not that

  24.' La Tran says:

    Helene Tum ^.^

  25.' Marian Haitel says:

    Ria Albert??✌?️??

  26.' Philip Havice says:

    Robert Ratliff

  27.' Martyn Jones says:

    Yes I could live there

  28.' Mary Carlson says:


  29.' Margien van Doesen says:

    Dorien Grötzinger ?

  30.' Sara Ballarano says:

    Zack Coombs

  31.' Pancha Shakya says:

    I would like one in my bak yard always dream of this every time i look at my backyard

  32.' Albert Rave says:

    Ik ben om

  33.' Shawn Race says:

    When do I move in?

  34.' Ash Wallflower says:

    Jack Edwards how cool is this man

  35.' Ashlee Conway says:

    Joshua DoubleOg Sundberg

  36.' Diane-Frances Champagne says:

    Yes I would live there!

  37.' Olivia Lockyer says:

    Jessica goals

  38.' Kim Ward says:

    Yes I would love one

  39.' Vicki Carey says:

    Caroline Smith

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