A family who built themselves a Hobbit hole for a home in Wales was kind enough to post instructions on how they did it. The “low impact woodland home” cost about 3,000 euros ($4,059) to build, and was done completely by hand.
The eco-friendly home was “Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter” and a grass covered roof makes for “low impact and ease” according to a website to help others build similar homes.
Most of the home was constructed from basic materials—stone and mud obtained from digging, a frame built from spare wood, straw bales for insulation.
They also use nature to help save energy. Their refrigerator, for example, is “cooled by air coming underground through foundations” and a skylight gives natural light during the day. They use solar panels for electricity. It seems they have roof leaks covered also. Aside from a plastic coating, they direct rainwater to their garden.
Life in a Hobbit hole? Count me in. I’d probably go with a round door though.
[All photos courtesy of the Low Impact Woodland Home website]