The Hobbit house

The Dale family in Wales thought it would be a good idea to live in a “hobbit house”. Although it is in miniature, as an authentic hobbit’s dwelling structure, it still seems very spacious and is regarded as one of the most eco-friendly structures in the world.

frodo's home

frodo's home

The family father, Simon Dale, came with the idea and he also designed and built the house in the hillside with the help of his father-in-law and some friends. The whole thing cost him about £3000.

frodo's home

frodo's home

frodo's home

When constructing the house, Dale wanted everything to be eco-friendly and one with nature. For example, the frame of the house is made out of oak thinnings that were gathered by the family and the walls and other foundations were made out of stone and mud. For insulation in the floor, walls and roof, he used straw bales.

frodo's home

frodo's home

Frodo's home

Lime plaster was used for the walls, recycled wood for floors and fittings, and windows, burner, plumbing and wiring were all constructed from recycled material the family collected.

Frodo's home

The house is also designed for sustainable living: a skylight in the roof provides natural light durin the day, electricity comes from solar panels, a nearby spring provides water, the fridge is cooled from underground air, water on the roof is used for the garden and the toilet is used as a compost.

Frodo's home

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