Real Life Hobbit House Built For £3000

hobbit house

When you think of the Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit, you think of fantasy, magic and the magnificent majesty of wizards and wonder of the mysteries of the Hobbits and Aragorn. You’ve probably seen the Hobbit houses in the Shire, in Middle Earth and thought, “That is a cute little house. I’d love to live there.”

Well, Simon Dale of Wales, UK has brought the Hobbit house to life. Literally. And he did it for less than $5000! It’s dug into the hillside, comes complete with a wood stove, solar power system, refrigerator, and a composting toilet. It took Simon and friends over 1000 hours of labor to build the Hobbit house.

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hobbit house interior

 

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hobbit house interior frame

 

  • Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter

  • Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls, foundations etc.

  • Frame of oak thinnings (spare wood) from surrounding woodland

  • Reciprocal roof rafters are structurally and aesthaetically fantastic and very easy to do

  • Straw bales in floor, walls and roof for super-insulation and easy building

  • Plastic sheet and mud/turf roof for low impact and ease

  • Lime plaster on walls is breathable and low energy to manufacture (compared to cement)

  • Reclaimed (scrap) wood for floors and fittings

  • Anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere (windows, burner, plumbing, wiring…)

  • Woodburner for heating – renewable and locally plentiful

  • Flue goes through big stone/plaster lump to retain and slowly release heat

  • Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations

  • Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light

  • Solar panels for lighting, music and computing

  • Water by gravity from nearby spring

  • Compost toilet

  • Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.

PLANS:

 

hobbit house drawing plan

 

hobbit house plans drawing elevation

The home is one of the most elegant, and cute houses I’ve ever seen.

This is truly a beautiful fantasy dream home.

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Images: http://simondale.net/hobbit.htm