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KRIS HARBOUR: I think the building is made out of about 80 to maybe even 90% of either natural, recycled and found materials. INTERVIEWER: Have you ever built a house before? KRIS HARBOUR: No, no. I have worked on building sites in my old job and seen modern construction quite a lot. But I had never built a timber framed house or anything like that. KRIS HARBOUR: I decided that I was going to buy a piece of land. I didn’t know what bit of land or how big it was going to be. I found this bit of land on eBay, surprisingly. I didn’t know what I was going to build because the main thing about what I am doing here is not deciding what you want and then putting it there, but it’s deciding what you need and then what resources do you have around you to use. So, the buildings that arise out of this land will be in shapes and forms that are dictated from what resources I have. KRIS HARBOUR: The method I used to build it is called cobwood or cordwood or stackwood – it has a few different names. The mortar that’s binding it all together is called cob. It’s clay, sand and straw mixed together and it doesn’t really cost anything at all. I think there is something like seven tons of it in this building and it was all mixed with my feet. So, you just kind of stomp on it with your feet until it’s all mixed in. The turf roof is a nice characteristic. It makes it blend into the woodland. I like the fact that if you’re maybe 50 meters away, you can’t even see it. KRIS HARBOUR: The windows came out of my mum’s next door neighbour’s house. They were having their double glazing changed and I took the window units because they were going to go in the skip. KRIS HARBOUR: So the back window, I found down an alleyway. It’s a fridge door like a glass-fronted fridge door and I sort of found it. I thought that will probably come in good use for the house and it ended up the back window. KRIS HARBOUR: Most of the cost was things like bits of pipe and sort of the roofliner and stuff. I think maybe total cost is about £3,500-4000, something like that. Yeah, this is my house where I live. It’s pretty comfy. KRIS HARBOUR: It has all the modern things that a normal house has really. I have fresh running water from a spring, just up the hill. I have normal plug sockets like in a normal house with 240 volt supply which is, goes through an inverter in the shed. Each roof joist rests on the one before it. So it ends up in a spiral pattern, it’s self-supporting. Yesterday, I left the door open in the evening and I think a bat got in here somewhere. So I was woken up at 4 o’clock in the morning with a bat flying around. KRIS HARBOUR: I am supplying my own electricity, water. I have solar power out on the slope out there and I have a hydroelectric system which is generating power from the water in the little streams here. So yeah the sun is going down now and the solar is not making much power. My friend Hannah is coming over so I am going to turn the hydroelectric on and that will power everything throughout the night. KRIS HARBOUR: The water comes along from up the hill, all the way up there, down this length of pipe has about 26 PSI pressure. Its got itself a nozzle about 30 feet a second; enough to probably take the skin of your hand if you touched it. It is quite powerful. KRIS HARBOUR: I had a fairly normal life in London, normal day job, got up, went to work, socialised on the weekends. I felt like I didn’t have enough time to do all the different things I wanted to do. The idea of working for like, two-thirds of your life and having very little time to socialise and do hobbies and things, it just doesn’t sit right. KRIS HARBOUR: All the bills, there’s mortgages, electric, water, internet, TV licenses, insurances, I dunno. I earned good money but everything just went, everyone had their hand in my pocket until there was nothing left. KRIS HARBOUR: I did have a girlfriend at that time. The building process and the moving process of it all, I think, was a big contributor to, to us separating. We kind of, went our separate ways just before I moved here permanently. I thought I was going to be doing this with a partner but I ended up moving here on my own. KRIS HARBOUR: When I was in the tent for like a month on my own, it was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. Looking back at it now, it doesn’t seem that bad. But I remember the time when it was pretty bad. Yeah, lots of times I just thought what am I doing, basically. Yeah! I am quite proud of it. When I first moved here, there was nothing here. It was just an open field that’s been grazed on and I am slowly improving it. And even though I don’t earn much now, I probably have more money now than I did then. My outgoings here are very low. I have very few bills. So I don’t really have the stresses of having to wake up and earn a certain amount of money. KRIS HARBOUR: So I do have an internet connection but it is wireless. That is the only connection I have really to other infrastructure. Don’t think I’d want to live without internet, its so useful educationally. KRIS HARBOUR: Once I built the house I needed to build the little workshop to move my tools. KRIS HARBOUR: I have more power than I actually need for the most part. I have a little device here, which I can check to see how much power I have got at any one point. I did most of the building alone. I probably did 80% of it alone I think. If I get help from volunteers, my friend Hannah, she helps quite a lot, my girlfriend has been helping too. Yeah, I get often lots of help. People are quite happy to come and volunteer. KRIS HARBOUR: I met Dot online on a dating website. Because I moved here, I didn’t really know anyone so that was really my only thing to do and it is pretty hard to meet people when you are in a field. DOT BERE: When I was going through Tinder and I saw that Chris was building this house I was just really intrigued. I thought it was something completely different and I couldn’t believe that it was something that was actually quite close to where I live. KRIS HARBOUR: It’s quite a new relationship with Dot. We are getting on really well and she seems to enjoy staying here. DOT BERE: Yeah, since then I have helped to build the toilet, the new toilet and that’s about it really. KRIS HARBOUR: It still hasn’t got a door, which is actually the only thing she requested. But the door will come next. KRIS HARBOUR: This house is kind of designed to last probably around 20 years with minimum maintenance. It can last a lot longer than that with quite major maintenance. But it’s not built to last forever. KRIS HARBOUR: I wanted to be able to live on the piece of land for a number of years before I did major works of like, building another house. Because I wanted to see how the land reacted through different seasons. So I knew when I build the house that will hopefully be the house I live in for rest of my life, I will know that it’s in the right place. I didn’t put those considerations in to this place. Because this is not as important but while I live in this place here, I can monitor the land and I can decide where I want to build the house. KRIS HARBOUR: My life is hundreds of times richer now. I feel more fulfilled and happier than I have ever been before. I was talking to someone about like, nostalgic kind of looking back at what age would you go back to if, you know, if you go back to any age and I thought, well, I probably wouldn’t go back not even a month. I wouldn’t want to go back far so where I didn’t meet Dot yet. So, yeah! Right now I am kind of the happiest I have ever been.

100 thoughts on “I Quit The City To Build My Hobbit House | HOMES ON THE EDGE

  1. Greetings from this rat race money hungry greedy killing society of Southern California. Your life style is awesome! Best wishes.

  2. I found Kris' Website when he was just starting his little house – He is really a master-craftsman. I am watching his Shop come together now – One of my favorite Youtube subscriptions. Everyone should check out his channel.

  3. Wow! Very nice comfy living and he look so happy and contented..bless you lots of ppl wants to have this kind of simple life aswell nothing is really impossible if ppl work it out.

  4. Amazing good for you. I in the proses of doing what you are doing now….. Julian California is where I have my eye on…. blessing

  5. People would like to know how you got planning for this as most other people who try get knocked back 99% of the time.

  6. My dream … living off grid in a place in the woods ! But how to go about it ? Building permission needed ? Beautiful place 😃

  7. I would absolutely love to stay in such a house in the country because anyway there's water and internet, but baby, the bathroom has to meet international standard before I move ok? 😁

  8. I tip my hat to this MAN , very smart : he is living the way that makes him happy : I work for a Large very Powerful and Rich company
    ,, Guys there are never happy , : always looking to spend , spend spend , $$$$$ ::on that next new car or iiphone; or clothing
    it never ends. : you dont need all that in life to be happy :: congradulations man I stay safe

  9. I enjoyed this video so much and wanted to post it on my FaceBook timeline aonly to get the following message "Your message couldn't be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive" I'm at a loss for words on the lengths they will go to in order to censor these types of life styles as it does not suit their fluoridated minion agenda. YouTube video converted to post 😉

  10. That's awesome to bad over here in L. A. Their is no nice green woods but the dry mountains or else I'll be doing that too

  11. It must feel good to go from dream to reality. Enjoy it and be happy because most people only dream about this … I just hope one day it will be reality for me!!

  12. Very inspiring build. I have been checking Into tiny houses for awhile. I like how he didn't use much for conventional modern construction. This really is like a Hobbit house. I know this guy has the one true ring hidden away somewhere In that shack. Sorry to be cliche but I had to say it haha

  13. Im a filipino citizen. When i went to Amish place i felt so amazing & wonderful. The fresh air the quiet places & the organic food that they eat. It seems that if podsible i dont want to go back to the phils. Sad to say that i am not a happy person due to all bad experiences i met. I always pray to the good Lord to bring me to a place where can i have a peace of mind, fresh air; organic food & good people around & try to forgive the people who hurted me.

  14. Im proud of u my dude, I have the same plan as well, im in the military ill retire in 5-10 years and im planning to buy a propriety like yours with my savings and build something small and cute-modern in the same time, wish u the best

  15. Um… cool place, but this chick right here won’t be coming to visit due to all the damn spiders and other crazy forrest bugs 🕷🍋🍋🍋

  16. Your story inspired me so much, Id like to come to you and help you with the work, maybe to chop some woods whatever u might nee. U have inspired me so much , I have been living down South in Poole, spending £700 for a tiny room, working so hard to pay bill, hitting targets, u name it, we all habe been there. I was thinking I was makimg a lot, yet my bank account remained empty, so eventuale I gave it all up and move to cheaper live in Midlands, hence I where u are, I think is the ultimate goal, being out of bills, mortgage payments, fule prices chasing u everyday. Abt finding meaning in life outside office, meaningful relationshps etc.

  17. I went to share this on Facebook and got the message "Your message couldn't be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive." lol

  18. Your living the life you want plus you said your happy plus you have a new girl that can actually share the dream you like so to me your a winner in my book bro..

  19. looking at the title I thought that this has to be the gayest video on the internet like but only after I watched a couple of minutes found out it was pretty down to earth guy doing some stuff he like, good job

  20. You've done a great job. It really takes a big heart to quit the job for an uncertain life. I would also love to be somewhere away from the city rush and those so-called judgemental near and dear ones. Hats off dude for being such an inspiration.

  21. Great Job man,, u r living the dream in today's world,, i wd like that for myslf ,,, wnt to go there someday ,meet u 😊😊😊 God bless

  22. He did an excellent job..I love his house and I would definitely live in a house like that..omg I love it ❤️❤️

  23. You are a down to earth young man. I hope Dot can appreciate this rare quality you possess. The allure of possessions is illusory.

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