Hobbit Homes. They’re something I’ve dreamed about since I was old enough to understand the stories about them. Shockingly, they’re not something we had actually considered building when we made an offer on this property. There aren’t any hills on the property in which we can effectively build a hobbit hole the old fashioned way. The more I think about it, though, the more I think that building a hobbit home and building a hill over it is probably a better idea in the long run anyhow. It will allow the home construction to be done in whatever manner we deem appropriate. If we want each bedroom to have a window (which, I think, is necessary for emergency escape reasons), we can build it that way. If we want to build it with alternative methods (ie – straw-bale building, as in the simondale house) we can. I’m not at all sold on the idea of straw-bale building (I’d much rather see reinforced concrete and metal go into a home, as it makes it far more permanent, and far less intensive on the upkeep), but the fact remains that it would be much easier to create a strawbale building BEFORE adding a hill, than trying to incorporate it into the hill.
One of the things we have talked about when considering tiny-homes, and alternative homes at WilderWolf is the concept of not building a home with any one specific person (or group of people) in mind.
With that in mind, the first hobbit hole I want to build will be a root cellar for us. It will allow me to make mistakes, and teach my brain and my hands how to build a hobbit hole and still remain unworried that it will collapse on a family who is sleeping there every night.
The second, though… the second is far more important. It will be a three bedroom tiny-home (is that like saying a small mansion? I don’t know yet), which I will only help really in placing it, building it, and contributing my brain power to design. I intend to request (nay, demand) help for design from a friend of mine who has dreamed of living in a hobbit home probably as long as I’ve dreamed of having one on my land.
Much of this will require things about which I am not yet truly familiar. Earth moving machines, poured concrete, hepa filters, slope of man-made hills, design ideas, how small a room can be and still remain comfortable, and so on. Rich will be an enormous help in the entire process. Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without him when I’m performing seemingly menial tasks (like welding small silver pieces together), much less building a home that has lived in the depths of my mind for as long as I’ve been able to comprehend the idea of it.
And with that in mind, I want to get a little bit mushy here and say thank you to my husband. Without you, Rich, my dreams would have remained just that. Dreams. I cannot imagine any other human being who could have brought me together with the people I now consider intended family. I truly cherish the support you have always given me. From the day I considered dating you, until this moment, I have been the happiest I have ever been in my life. You are everything to me, and I hope you know that to the depths that I mean it. I love you. Thank you – for this, for giving me the tools to believe that dreams can become realities, for knowing my name and knowing how to dial me in, for telling me constantly that you believe in me. Thank you for everything.
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