We built off-grid our French straw house for €30,000

Felicity Lee and Dan Coleman built their house from straw and old tyres

A three-day course on how to build a straw house on a foundation of old tyres helped a British couple with no construction experience create their own home in France.

Felicity Lee and Dan Coleman, both 34, wanted a place to settle down after working as English teachers in Asia and as hosts for mountain holiday companies in Europe.

'We want to show people that there is another way of getting your home' says Felicity Lee (left, with Dan Coleman)

Now they are in the final stages of the interior work on their home.

It is on the edge of a hamlet with neighbours hooked up to electricity, water and sewerage systems, but they have decided to go “off grid” for all but their telephone – essential for their work as English language teachers over Skype.

Dan said: “In part, it is for environmental reasons – we want to make as little impact as possible and live without being consumed by consumption.”

Felicity added: “But it is also because we built the house on a limited budget and we were really lucky in doing so when the price of good-quality solar panels was ...

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