Wanna be a hobbit?

How about these underground houses.

Some are very cool.


  • ltwickey
    ltwickey Posts: 369 ✭✭✭

    I would love an underground home!! They are so energy efficient and unique. Just finding the right builder to ensure all safety concerns and waterproofing were done correctly is a nightmare. I hear all the horror stories of trying to find a reliable construction crew for "normal" houses...

    Thank you for sharing.

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I always thought these were so neat. Though I don't know if my claustrophobia would allow me live in one. The article was fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,156 ✭✭✭✭

    @JennyT That was my first thought! As I have added years, my claustrophobia has also grown!

    Otherwise, I love the concept!!

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love the look of those houses, but ultimately I prefer windows to let in natural light.

  • Annie Kate
    Annie Kate Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭

    My husband wants a hobbit house/man cave and we have a hillside, so if I ever get rich I will make that happen. And then put in a secret tunnel to the house etc, and probably use part of it as a root cellar. :)

  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 968 ✭✭✭✭

    I have said for awhile how much I love Bilbo baggins house in the hobbit! It's so beautiful and medieval and cosy :). I would love one ❤

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,457 admin

    ... kind of tough at 6'4"

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @shllnzl I'm with you. Love the little hobbit houses. But natural light I must have. Lots of big windows for me.😁

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,537 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would love to have a hobbit house but out zoning is so rigid here, it would never be approved. I'm still trying to get permission for a natural swimming pool.

  • blevinandwomba
    blevinandwomba Posts: 813 ✭✭✭✭

    I think these are so cool.

    On the subject of windows, I saw an underground house on a show years ago( HGTV I think?). I think they made a kind of artificial hill with it- I'm pretty sure it was dome shaped inside and out. Anyhow, there were windows all over the front and I think wrapping around the side. From the inside it was almost like a greenhouse. If I remember correctly the couple who lived there said is was mostly heated by passive solar- looked like a pretty open floor plan. They had an indoor pool too, so it wasn't a tiny house.

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Some underground homes incorporate skylights.

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭

    I have always wanted one of these! I want a big one full of secret passages.

  • stephanie447
    stephanie447 Posts: 404 ✭✭✭

    All I can think about when I consider an underground home is that it would be full of BUGS! Of course, in a magical Hobbit land, you wouldn't have such awful creepy crawlies! :-)

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,102 ✭✭✭✭✭

    We wanted to build an underground house here. Several friends went ballistic saying we could not do that here because of earthquakes and the risk. That we could never get one approved. Oh well. May look into it anyway and see what the actual regulations and requirements would be. Hoping at least to have a root cellar built into the hill on our property, someday.

  • Silkiemamuska
    Silkiemamuska Posts: 99 ✭✭✭

    I would love an earth type home. Key is taking cues from the past for what is feasible to the climate. Yes, the zoning laws for the land are also an element.

  • Wendy
    Wendy Posts: 138 ✭✭✭

    My husband has dreamed of an underground home, and I am open to the idea. His thought is to have a "summer space" on top with lots of windows for natural light that can filter down through the rest. I think a dark, quiet bedroom would be so restful.

  • frogvalley
    frogvalley Posts: 675 ✭✭✭✭

    My grandfather built one of the first buildings in the U.S.A. that was covered with earth. It was a fascinating idea way back then and it is still a thought that nudges me once in a while.

    If all the engineering and building was done correctly, it would drain and be a great place for the summer as well as the winter. Where we are now, next to a lake, it's too wet to build underground.

    We went to the Solar Decathlons on the Mall in Washington DC while they were there. Very interesting! It would be great to take some of their building ideas and use them for a cozy little underground cottage far from the madding crowd.