Fed up with huge mortgage payments, Simon Dale decided to take matters into his own hands – literally.
Armed with only a chisel, a chainsaw and a hammer, the 32-year-old moved his family to a hillside in Wales and started digging.
The result is a wooden eco-home – constructed in four months and costing just £3,000 – which would look perfectly at ease alongside the Hobbit houses in The Lord Of The Rings.
Mr Dale, who has no experience in carpentry or architecture, created his sustainable family home using scrap wood for floors, materials scavenged from skips and by diverting water from a nearby spring.
And while he was doing the building work, his wife Jasmine Saville and their two toddler children camped in the nearby countryside.
Woodland home: Simon Dale, with wife Jasmine Saville and their two children outside their home, just four months after starting work