OVERVIEW -The plan for this section was to offer tips on how to go about planning and constructing a hobbit hole. As far as websites/literature go, I haven’t come across much more than basic instructions (more detailed instructions can be found in some of the projects in the Hobbit Hole Showcase section). My intention is to provide information as I find it (or even better, provide steps for the construction of my own home – which probably won’t be happening in the immediate future, but definitely at some point). Nonetheless, any techniques or ideas that I discover, or sketches and doodles I come up with, as I try and evolve my idea from a pipe dream to reality, will also be included here. In the interim, techniques and materials mentioned in the alternate eco-homes section might help people come up with more concrete ideas (no pun intended ;p).
I’ve also decided to include sites that build custom-made hobbit homes, but they (obviously) don’t provide their methods or blueprints for public viewing. This might be more appealing for those less interested in the grunt work and creative process behind building their own home, and would rather plop a fully functional home in their backyard without complication. Please note there are delivery expenses in addition to the initial purchase cost.
So go ahead and browse through some of the websites I’ve added and feel free to comment with any questions or ideas you might have on the whole process. I’m learning myself and probably won’t get a true understanding until I’m sitting down and building one first hand! ;p
HOBBIT HOUSE ARCHITECTURE: A HOW-TO GUIDE
This comprehensive website provides a very basic approach to building your hobbit hole. Although some of the instructions are meant to be humorous, there are also some very helpful tips (particularly focusing on the door and the basics of wall and floor building). These instructions also assume that we are using the side of a hill (which is the ideal scenario), rather than building an independent structure. Advertising for products (ranging from shovels to home building software) are interwoven in the instructions. I found them to be more nuisance than help – but maybe you might be inspired to purchase one or more of them ;p. The website starts off with a nice introduction filled with amusing anecdotes, an interactive poll, and some videos (which are also featured in the Inspirational Video section here). Instructions are broken down into 2 parts and may be accessed via links at the bottom of the introduction.
OUR HOBBIT HOLE
This website was developed by a couple for the purpose of keeping track of their hobbit home project. Although inactive since 2004, the site offers interesting information, with a forum section that seems more recently active and includes numerous topics on hobbit hole start up and earth-sheltered homes.
HOW TO BUILD A HOBBIT HOUSE
Again, a very basic guide on how to build a hobbit hole from e-how…5 rudimentary tips and that’s it. Guess I need to get cracking with my own instructions if this is all there is!
This company, based in Maine, offers a variety of custom play houses or garden sheds with a distinct hobbit hole architecture. Prices are reasonable, with numerous delivery options. Be sure to check them out in the Inspirational Videos section!
Although this London-based company focuses primarily on tree houses, they also offer a wide variety of hobbit holes in addition to other backyard structures. Be sure to check them out in the Inspirational Videos section! Unfortunately they do not build in North America.
This personal blog discusses the possibility of using concrete piping as structure for a hobbit home. Sounds great but transport and moving must be expensive given their weight.