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Published on May 10th, 2016 | by Important Media Cross-Post

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Off-Grid Hobbit House Micro-Community Grows In Washington State

May 10th, 2016 by  


Originally published on Green Building Elements.
By Dawn Killough

Inspired by the earth-sheltered tiny homes, often called Hobbit Houses, created by Simon Dale and others, designer, dressmaker and tiny house expert Kristie Wolfe is building a micro-community of three houses in Chelan, Washington. The first Hobbit Home is complete, and Wolfe hopes to have the other two done by the middle of 2016.

hobbit-house-shire-23Wolfe’s Hobbit House is located on a 5.5 acre plot, and built into the mountainside so completely that it could be easy to miss on first glance. Visitors reach the small garden through a wattle fence and gate, and enter the home via a round door that Wolfe made from a large cable spool.

hobbit-house-shire-5The inside, a total of just 288 sq ft of floorspace, is split between a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and living area. The interior design is based on the concept that it’s actually a home for a Hobbit carpenter, and design touches include cordwood floor, bespoke lighting, and even a woodworking bench and tools to whittle wood.

hobbit-house-shire-16The home is completely off-grid, and the power system consists of three 100 watt solar panels, an inverter, and two 6-volt batteries. Water is delivered to a nearby water tower that feeds the home, while waste goes into a septic tank. A gray water system filters and redistributes waste water to the grass. Heating comes in the form of a propane fireplace in the living room.

hobbit-house-shire-12“We made the building super sturdy to withstand the weight of being buried,” explains Wolfe. “2×6 studs on 12-inch centers and 3/4-inch marine plywood. Then we wrapped the exterior with Certainteed ice guard and house wrap and also used a moisture guard insulation by Certainteed as well to combat any water issues we might experience being underground. There’s also a French drain around the whole perimeter. Plus since there a heap of soil on all but one side it is incredibly well insulated and super quiet inside.”

Source: Gizmag

Reprinted with permission. 
 





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