A Haven for Vee

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Is Bilbo Baggins Home?



The oil delivery was yesterday. What was I saying about holding my breath? Now I need to get out my long johns! ;>

So the cost of the oil delivery encouraged me to do a little research on energy efficient homes. I never thought I'd find anything like the one you see above, though. It is a real home somewhere in Wales where real people, not Hobbits, live. It has a certain charm, don't you think? Do you think that you could live there? I'm beginning to think that I could.

Here are a few reasons for living in such a dwelling: one saves up to eighty per cent of the energy costs because the home is cooler in summer and warmer in winter; they are low maintainance for a number of reasons including that the water lines will never freeze; they're safe...tornadoes blow right over; and for more interesting reasons follow this link.

Here's an article called Bag End (Hobbit Houses) that you might also find of interest. To find more about the picture source, read this article titled A Low Impact Woodland Home.

Just something to think about...

16 comments:

  1. I would LOVE living in one of those houses! A friend of mine in the Midwest lives in a house that's in the side of a hill! Very energy efficient! Every time we get the gas bill I cringe knowing it's going to be higher than it was the month before! We have to do some serious energy efficiency maintenance!

    Jan

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  2. That is such a little dwelling from a storybook!! We would feel like we were a bit enchanted living there!! (and have pockets full of $$$ saved too!!) MMMmm...all new decorating schemes as well!!

    blessings,
    kari & kijsa

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  3. I've seen variations on this theme, on those tv shows about unique housing. But none so precious as these!

    My first thought was, would there be enough natural light? I need natural light. But it says yes. And now I remember the 'overhead' windows. :-)

    My but you are the *mad linker* these days, are you not? >,-) And isn't it fun? Yes, it is. :-)))) Keep linkin' Hon!

    Mari-Nanci

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  4. Oh I could live there...as long as theres an elevator that goes to some lower levels with more living space!!
    Hugs,
    Robin

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  5. M-N, I've always been a mad linker in posts because of the link button. But it sure was nice to learn how to link in comments, thanks to you and thanks again! :)

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  6. Oh YES, I would love to live in a house like that. I love small cozy places!!

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  7. Very cute little abode...but I'm not that good with miniature stuff! And with all the rain we get, I'm not sure it would stand up too well out here. I'll stick with sticks & stones for now.

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  8. Hi Vee:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! It is wonderful that I found you, too.

    Quite a cute blog you have here.

    Lisa
    Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

    PS Love your calico ;)

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  9. A hobbit home seems a lovely place to live, charming!

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  10. It's magical. I would love something like that. The ceiling is just amazing. It's doesn't seem very large but that's OK. It was also be an awesome studio.

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  11. Vee, did you read the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder? I remember the soddy, the sod house built into the side of a cliff with a stove pipe standing up in the middle of the prairie like it grew up out of the grasses...I always wanted to live in a soddy since then...I'd love to live in that little house in Wales...
    hugs
    Sandi

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  12. When we lived in our farmhouse in Tenn, our neighbor had an underground house. I think I would get claustrophobic. And I know I need alot of sunshine and light....
    Penny

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  13. It was very nice to hear from all of you. It's always fun to read your comments.

    Interesting, Jan, that you know someone who lives in this kind of home. Now I'm wondering if you've ever visited and what it's like...plenty of light? not damp?

    Yes, Sandi, I was reminded of the little sod house from the Little House book and wasn't there one built right under a knoll when the girls were very small?

    My carpenter's response to this style of home was, "Oh sure, obviously no building codes there." Ha!

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