Fed up with huge mortgage payments, one family decided to take matters literally into their own hands and build their home from scratch.
Armed only with a chisel, chainsaw and hammer Simon Dale moved his family to a hillside in Wales and started digging.
The result is a fully sustainable house constructed in just four months, for an astonishing £3,000, using scrap wood for floors and diverting water from a nearby spring.
And while Mr Dale, who has no experience in carpentry or architecture, was building the house his wife Jasmine Saville and their two children camped in the nearby countryside.
He said: "Being your own have-a-go architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass-produced box designed for maximum profit and the convenience of the construction industry. "
"Building from natural materials does away with producers' profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings."
The owner of the woods they were building in was keen to have someone living there, taking care of the forest, so they didn't have to pay for the land they were building on.
Starting by digging into the hillside, Mr Dale, with the help of his father-in-law, put the timber frame up first, then the roof, so his family could be sheltered while he carried out the rest of the work.
The roof has a layer of straw bales for insulation, plastic over that to render it waterproof, and earth on top.
Materials were gathered from skips, builders' yards and donations.
Then the family made a straw bale wall inside, with the bales stacked on rough dry stone walling and staked together with hazel sticks.
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