NY man spends 6 years building this incredible, energy-efficient hobbit home

September 13, 2018 by  
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A lot of lives have been touched by the Lord of the Rings films, but super fan Jim Costigan took it one step further by building his own Bag End-inspired hobbit home . The New York construction supervisor and his family spent more than six years building the energy-efficient cottage with a curved shape and lush green roof that would even make Bilbo Baggins a little bit envious. Like millions of people, Jim Costigan was enthralled by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Specifically, though, he was drawn to the home of Bilbo Baggins, Bag End. The curved home enveloped in greenery spoke to Costigan’s love of design.  “I thought that was the coolest house I’d ever seen,” Costigan said. “Architecturally, I thought that that house in the movie was just really well-done, that it was really original. The curvatures, everything about it was unique.” Although Costigan had spent most of his career working on skyscrapers in Manhattan, he decided to re-create the charming design in his own backyard, with a cottage he now calls Hobbit Hollow. Related: This earth-sheltered Australian hobbit home stays cozy all year More than just a fan’s whimsy, the ambitious builder set about to not only recreate the famed hobbit home, but to make it an earth-sheltered passive house . From the start, the entire project was integrated with energy-efficient details, including thermal bridge-free construction that provides a tightly insulated shell, as well as triple-pane thermal windows and a heat recovery ventilator. Starting with a concrete foundation, the 1,500-square-foot home was built with various creative features that showed off his attention to hobbit detail as well as his commitment to sustainability . Just like Bag End, the exterior of the house is clad in natural stone. However, when it came to putting in the signature round door, there was a bit of a snag, because it didn’t meet Passive House standards. Working around the problem, Costigan built a circular red frame that hides the rectangular door. And of course, no hobbit home would be complete without a lush green roof that follows the curve of the design, blending it deep into the landscape. On the inside of the home, a high barrel-vaulted ceiling gives the tiny space character and depth. The abundance of windows and skylights in every room, except the guest bathroom, flood the interior with natural light . Adding to the charm is the various geometric shapes and patterns that the family imprinted into the concrete ceiling and skylight borders themselves. As an extra nod to the beloved films, a replica sword hangs over the electric stone fireplace, a gift to Costigan from his sons. Located in Pawling, New York, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom hobbit home sits on 1.7 acres of natural forestscape with an open-air bluestone patio in the back. From there, the family and visitors enjoy the sounds of a babbling stream that leads to an idyllic Shire-like waterfall and pond. + My Hobbit Shed Via Houzz Images via Jim Costigan

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This incredible Hobbit Treehouse is a Tolkien fan’s dream come true

October 5, 2015 by  
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Couple convert vintage 1954 Airstream into a dream home on wheels

October 5, 2015 by  
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Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

August 22, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “sustainable architecture” , Architecture , Eco Architecture , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green materials , green roof , Hobbit House , Iceland , Nordic countries , norway , old world , sod house , sod roof , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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Vote For The Most Innovative Green Kids Design of 2013!

December 29, 2013 by  
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Many discussions of green design revolve around architecture and transportation concepts, but sometimes examples of great design can be found in much simpler places. Like a child’s toy box, or maybe your own backyard! Throughout the past year, Inhabitots has reported on countless awe-inspiring innovations in the realm of sustainable design for children . From fairy castle treehouses to cool light-up circuit stickers, there are plenty of designs that left us impressed and inspired. Help us decide which one of these green kids design stories deserve to be crowned best of 2013! Follow the link below to cast your vote. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best green design , best green design for kids , Folding Furniture , green design for kids , Hobbit House , Inhabitots , kids furniture , kids treehouse , lego , LEGO scientist , playhouse , treehouse design        

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14 Delightfully Tiny Hobbit Homes

November 6, 2013 by  
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Hobbit homes aren’t just for Middle Earthlings anymore. Regular humans can now own their very own cozy Hobbit Holes made to order by Wooden Wonders, a Maine-based company. Click here to take a tour through some of their most popular styles – from the adorable Little Merry to the grass-topped Woodshire . SEE MORE HOBBIT HOMES > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , hobbit holes , Hobbit homes , Hobbit House , kids playhouse , lord of the rings home , middle earth , small living , sustainable design , tiny homes , tiny shed home , wooden wonders        

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“Tree Dragon” Super-Treehouse Built for Child Survivors of the Japanese Tsunami

September 21, 2013 by  
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“Tree House Guru” Takashi Kobayashi has created something spectacular for the child survivors of the Japanese Tsunami : a magnificent treehouse that melds with its environment to create a safe, beautiful haven. Kobayashi’s intent was to create a space in which the children could feel secure, while allowing them to conquer their fear of nature and regain an appreciation for the natural world. The ground floor is built into the mountain like a hobbit-hole, complete with stone fireplace, and the upper stories wind through cherry and sycamore trees. Click through to learn more about this brilliant building: READ MORE>   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Children , Hobbit House , survivors , Takashi Kobayashi , tree house , treehouse , tsunami        

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“Tree Dragon” Super-Treehouse Built for Child Survivors of the Japanese Tsunami

September 21, 2013 by  
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“Tree House Guru” Takashi Kobayashi has created something spectacular for the child survivors of the Japanese Tsunami : a magnificent treehouse that melds with its environment to create a safe, beautiful haven. Kobayashi’s intent was to create a space in which the children could feel secure, while allowing them to conquer their fear of nature and regain an appreciation for the natural world. The ground floor is built into the mountain like a hobbit-hole, complete with stone fireplace, and the upper stories wind through cherry and sycamore trees. Click through to learn more about this brilliant building: READ MORE>   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Children , Hobbit House , survivors , Takashi Kobayashi , tree house , treehouse , tsunami        

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Wooden Wonders’ Hobbit Holes Let You Live Like Frodo In Your Backyard

January 27, 2012 by  
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Anyone familiar with JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of The Rings’ knows that the homes of hobbits are something special. But these tiny abodes aren’t just for little people anymore — a Maine family has brought the concept of the hobbit hole to life with their line of Wooden Wonders . Built for work and play, these functional little holes can be used as everything from chicken coops, saunas, playhouses, garden sheds, cottages, and even a bus stop! + Wooden Wonders The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Eco Architecture , green architecture , Green Building , green storage , hobbit hole , hobbit home , Hobbit House , little people architecture , lord of the rings hobbit home , lotr house , wooden wonder

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