To put us all in the 'Hobbit' mood even more, I thought i'd re-blog and update one of my favorite posts from a couple of years ago.
This real life hobbit-house has been single-handedly built by the Welshmen Simon Dale. It only took three months to complete, and costed US$5,000 (GBP3,000) to make! (demonstrating that you don't need to be architectural school graduate to come up with the goods.)
The house, serving as Simon’s family home, has been constructed from wood, stone, straw, and has a sod roof.
Simon used lime plaster to coat the interior walls, which provides a breathable and greener solution to cement. Scrap wood was used for the flooring and fittings, It’s heated with a wood fireplace and has a solar panel for power. Most materials were scavenged and refurbished appliances. The effect, though, isn’t of a run-down get-by-with-second-best, It’s creative, artistic, elegant, and cozy. It is, in fact, magical.
Simon gives two reasons for building the home. The first elegant one, from his website, is:
It’s fun. Living your own life, in your own way is rewarding. Following our dreams keeps our souls alive.
His second reason is a plea for sustainability, in which he states that “our supplies are dwindling and our planet is in ecological catastrophe”. You can read the full and passionate statement here.
Words barely do the Hobbit home justice, so we let the images do the talking.