In these exciting times of energy descent and cultural metamorphosis, Roundhuts are robust and cosy portals into a new and ancient way of living—in close contact with the circle of life.
Shaped from natural materials using basic hand-tools and gentle processes, these wild structures are light-footed, One-Planet creations.
They offer inexpensive, ultra-low-impact shelter for anyone seeking to move into a closer relationship with the land.
Roundhuts make comfortable homes for one or two humble earth-dwellers. For more space, two or more circles can be built adjoining to create a figure-of-eight hut. Beyond that, elaborate cosmic geometries could easily be created for extended tribes: I have fun imagining some of the crop circle designs as ground plans for roundhut complexes of the future!
They can be built in as little as 10 days by a work party of 10-12 people and have an estimated life-span of 25 years.
The cost of basic materials varies depending on size and other factors, ranging from £1,000-£9,000.
- Sizes between 11ft and 18ft internal diameter = 95 -255 sqft
- Insulated wooden platform
- Circular strawbale wall
- Three large windows
- Reciprocal frame green roof
- Earthen plaster
- Spacious overhang for porch / storage
- Easy to fit woodburner or open hearth
- Great fun to build in a friendly group
- Wonderfully easy to heat and maintain
- Gentle on the eye, blending almost invisibly into any natural environment
- Healing and nourishing circular-living spaces
- Massively simplifying
While living in such a basic dwelling does have its challenges, what I think is really great about these huts is that:
- They are Earth-friendly, made from mostly very simple natural materials and built using only basic hand-tools.
- They are very inexpensive to create, to maintain, and to live in, eliminating the need for lifelong debt and wage-slavery, allowing more freedom to do the work that one loves and offer one’s gifts and talents to the world.
- They occasion a close relationship to the elements, the seasons, natural rhythms and cycles, offering shelter without cutting one off from the encompassing web of life.
For roundhut-related enquiries, please get in touch.
Special thanks to the Earth Pathways Diary for awarding £500 seed-funding for tools and equipment to help make roundhuts and teach the gentle art of hut-building.