Hobbit House: Planning

A few people have approached us lately to suggest a group hobbit-house construction project at Better Farm. Who are we to argue? These amazing little structures are right on our wavelength for their alternative properties, potential use of green materials, and unusual style.

We had an informal meeting yesterday to scope out the grounds at Better Farm to find an appropriate hillside into which our hobbit house could go. To start out, it was important to consider the style we might want. I found a proverbial goldmine of ideas over at Webcoist:



Here are some possible locations we liked at Better Farm:

Utilizing the old barn foundation, we could construct our hobbit house and put dirt over the top.
A lovely hillside behind the Art Barn.

And here's our ideas list so far:
  • Get a work day together in the next week or two to pull useable scraps together and ready them for upcycling
  • Secure a source for lime mortar to be used on our walls
  • Get dimensions together for the structure, secure enough tires to build an earthship structure
  • Secure old barn wood for the interior ceiling
  • Utilize a strong roof appropriate for dirt and foliage cover
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.