Man Builds Hobbit House in Wales for Under $5000
Posted 09.26.11 by Mandy
If things go as planned, one neighborhood in Wales may be looking an awful lot like The Shire.
Photographer and graphic designer Simon Dale wanted to build a low-cost, eco-friendly house for his family, and ended up with something that would be just about perfect for Bilbo Baggins. The house is dug into a hillside, insulated with hay bales, and covered with a layer of earth and grass for that classic, low-profile Hobbit look. The Daily Mail reports that Dale is using his design to build more houses in Lammas Village, Wales. Hopefully the new houses will be full-on Hobbit-style with round doors and windows.
On his website, Dale estimates the house cost around £3000 (a little over $4,500) in materials and took 1000 man hours. The main tools he used were a chainsaw, a hammer, and a 1-inch chisel. Dale thinks being your own "have-a-go architect" is fun and is convinced that just about anybody could build their own J.R.R. Tolkien–inspired house... But we think it looks pretty complicated. It would, however, be definitely much easier than creating one ring to rule them all.