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Is it possible (or I guess I should saw practical) to build a hobbit house like in the Lord of the Rings? I love the way the outside is so covered with plants and grasses. It would be so awesome to have our house just be part of the earth like that. we live in new england so would harsh winters be an issue? thanks so much for any advice, if you know specifics on how to build something like that I would really appreciate it!
 

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I did some googling and found this..it's an interesting idea..<br><br><a href="http://www.stormbear.com/bagend2/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.stormbear.com/bagend2/index.php</a>
 

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I believe "soddies" or sod houses were commonly built when people first started to settle the American West. These berm houses protected against the cold winters.
 

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I can't remember which of the books it was in, but Laura ingalls Wilder and her family lived in a sod house for some time.... Plum Creek maybe? sorry, it's been a while since I've read them.<br><br>
That link for the modern day hobbit hole is very cool! I'm leaving it open for my husband to check out tonight.<br>
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Check out <a href="http://www.undergroundhousing.com/" target="_blank">http://www.undergroundhousing.com/</a><br><br>
I got his book and video from my library, and found it to be very interesting, and informative.<br><br>
Although it's not exactly Hobbit House, his ideas and plans seem sound.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Check out <a href="http://www.undergroundhousing.com/" target="_blank">http://www.undergroundhousing.com/</a><br><br>
I got his book and video from my library, and found it to be very interesting, and informative.<br><br>
Although it's not exactly Hobbit House, his ideas and plans seem sound.</div>
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I requested the book from the library, they had to get it shipped, I can't wait to read it. Do you think it's really practical to build a house that cheaply? It sounds amazing! Did his book go into enough detail about how to actually build a house that way?
 

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There are more people doing this than I thought!<br><br><a href="http://www.lifelinedomes.com/underground_domes.htm" target="_blank">http://www.lifelinedomes.com/underground_domes.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.countryplans.com/underground.html" target="_blank">http://www.countryplans.com/underground.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/travelfeature.asp?featnum=23&menu=4&menuitem=3" target="_blank">http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/travelfe...u=4&menuitem=3</a><br><br><a href="http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/keepcool.htm" target="_blank">http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/keepcool.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/glennkangiser/album?.dir=8ac1" target="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/glennk...lbum?.dir=8ac1</a><br><br><a href="http://www.cablelan.net/charles/" target="_blank">http://www.cablelan.net/charles/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.jmbamboo.com/home.htm" target="_blank">http://www.jmbamboo.com/home.htm</a>
 

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cool
 

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snugglebug14,<br>
His book was good, and pretty detailed, but his house wasn't expensive because he used wood from his own land, and hand dug out his place. But imo, it's totally doable. He explains the flaws he found in researching other underground building plans, and how he overcame them. Plus he's lived in his house 30 years.<br><br>
Once you've read his book, if you like his plans, and can get a hold of his videos (again, check your library), you should do it, because they really pull the whole thing together.<br><br>
Let me know what you think when you've read his book. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
ETA: QueenOfThePride's second link is a to a guy using "The $50 and up Underground House" book. Check out his Discussion Group link, too. Good info and pictures.
 

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When I was a child there was a house near us that was basically underground. It was built into the side of a hill. The house had a front with doors and windows. But the rest was covered with grass. The only thing you could see other than the front was the chimney sticking out. I always thought it was cool.Personally I would love to live in a yurt. But I don't see that happening in this lifetime.<br><br>
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I just remembered an article from Mother Earth News, from a few years<br><br>
ago.<a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/Homesteading_and_Self_Reliance/2002_December_January/Living_Free" target="_blank">http://www.motherearthnews.com/Homes...ry/Living_Free</a><br><br>
This is so cute!<br>
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So, snugglebug14, did you read the book? What do think?
 

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Yes, it was <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0060581832%2F" target="_blank">On the Banks of Plum Creek</a>.
 

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i did read the book. sorry i haven't gotten back to you all yet. i thought it was interesting and there are definately some ideas i plan to take away. i did feel his costs were a bit misleading....he was very fortunate in the resources he had available to him for free or very cheap. but nonetheless, interesting ideas
 
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