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A Real-Life Hobbit Home in Pennsylvania

Tuesday 01.01.2013 , Posted by

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Ever since seeing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now the new Hobbit movie, people have wanted Hobbit homes. It’s hard to imagine a dwelling with more natural cozy appeal than the little homes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novels. Round front doors, low ceilings, and curved woodworking galore; these places blend in with their natural surroundings, providing a place many people would be seriously happy to come home to. Now architect Peter Archer has created a Hobbit inspired home for life-long J.R.R. Tolkien fans in Pennsylvania, one which channels the beauty and spirit of the low-set homes, while providing a practical space to enjoy. [Read more…]


Visual Bits #345 > Buildings Inside And Out

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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Earthy European Dwellings Go Off the Grid

Tuesday 11.13.2012 , Posted by

There are so many reasons to head for the country and live lightly on the earth: from protecting our fragile environment, to leaving the speed and stress of city life behind, or just getting to live by your own rules. Photographer Immo Klink has an ongoing project which captures the dwellings of people around Europe who have made the challenging decision to step outside the confines of industrial society, creating their own homes out of the natural world at hand. [Read more…]


A Hobbit Home for Under $5000

Monday 01.16.2012 , Posted by

With nothing more than hand tools, friends, family and a desire to avoid an expensive, unsustainable home, Simon Dale built his own. As a staunch advocate for low impact living, and with only a meager income, 32 year-old Dale decided to build a home in a hillside in Wales, one that he and his family could own outright and was sustainably hand-built directly in the middle of the forest. The design has an uncanny resemblance to Hobbit homes in the Lord of the Rings films, which has contributed to its rise in popularity. [Read more…]