hippies on Grand Designs
Looked cold inside, everyone had hats and jackets on.
Reckon they’ll need a good summer to get any benefit over winter (walls still drying out!!)
And a compost WC………nae chance 🙁
Did like the house though and the concept. Great spot too. Wish I had bought a site in southern france in the 90’s 😛Posted 9 years agomcmoonterMember
Dry toilets are still common in France, more appealing than the ski jump variety. They were common in towns in 60s Sweeden too.
I thought the hippies were brilliant. The first GD in ages where I wasnt nauseated by w*nky bankers turning up on the job with spotless reflective vests and shiny hard hats to assess progress on the build, and smugness of going £300k over budget
There is something very special about the process of building something by yourself for yourself. The more you do something that way the less likely you are to destroy whats left for everyone else. Living and working that way in France is an instant passport into their community. Good on them.
Oh and hairy pits are a must in France, its the Law.Posted 9 years agodeadlydarcyMember
more appealing than the ski jump variety
PLEASE EXPLAIN; if for no other reason than to stop me imagining sitting at the top of a miniature ski jump, making a poo and watching it rolling down and flying off into the distance as it launches itself off the ramp under it’s own momentum…and what’s it supposed to fly into anyway?Posted 9 years agoIanMunroMember
PLEASE EXPLAIN; if for no other reason than to stop me imagining sitting at the top of a miniature ski jump, making a poo and watching it rolling down and flying off into the distance as it launches itself off the ramp under it’s own momentum…and what’s it supposed to fly into anyway?
I was imagining a full size communal ski jump where each morning all the village folk climbed to the top of slope, strapped on their ski’s, dropped theire pants, raced down the slope, then curled one out mid flight over the village dung heap.Posted 9 years agosteve_b77Member
It does make a pleasent change to see people actually building their own house.
I do like how the “Hippie” was so dismissive about going 65k over his budget, where the hell does someone secure that kind of money on a house made from old tyres and dirt.
I’m thinking they may be hippy/eco warrior kinda people with a nice nest egg laid down by wealthy relatives who made all their money out of heavy industry, hence the “we must live an ecologicaly friendly lifestyle” to make up for what our loaded parents/grandparents did.
Nice house in the end though, can you even imagine how much a bespoke oak kitchen of that size would cost, let alone how much they spent on the interior!!
Round bed = hippie sh@g fest/love in/orgy times en france 😆Posted 9 years agoaPMember
IIRC his total build cost was £135K, some people think thats about right for a car and a kitchen.Posted 9 years ago
I can’t stand all that niche/ candle stuff, but I thought they built a slightly quirky, pretty well thought house – and earth shelters have been around for a couple of decades, I just wasn’t entirely convinced by things like the roof falls and some of the roof/ guttering details. Even the bottle wall looked pretty good – although like all these things until you go and actually experience the space all you get is an impression of what it is.
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