Monday, July 13, 2009

Hobbit House

My wife thinks I'm crazy for wanting to live under the earth. But I think it makes a lot of sense, ecologically and from a security standpoint. Now that I've seen this, I also have the aesthetic argument wrapped up!Some key points of the design and construction:
  • 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.


Sam said...

That is toooo cute! But are you sure that particular model is zombie proof?

Stan said...

Oh, yeah ... and in the final picture, "Baby falling down the stairs so fast the picture is blurred". Too bad. Just lost that discussion with the wife. ;)

Rev'd Chris Larimer said...

It's not...but I hear it does a mean job against RingWraiths.

Rev'd Chris Larimer said...

Stan...she's not falling. She's wearing Toddly'ns Jumper of Celerity.

Red_Cleric said...

Before you move underground watch Tremors once again. It's all fun and games till big tunneling earthworms try to make you their dinner.