How To Build The Coolest, Coziest ‘Hobbit House’ In Your Backyard

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30-year-old Ashley Yeates is not a hobbit. The Bedford, England, is a design and construction expert that’s much too big to be a hobbit, although rumor has it his feet might be just as hairy–but despite these shortcomings, he decided to build a “hobbit hole” in his garden, a project that took almost a year to complete. After a tree died in the yard, he decided a hole was just the thing to take its place!

Yeates explains the waterproofing procedure he used: “We created a strong internal wooden frame which was hugely over-engineered…The corrugated iron was used to seal everything in and the panels were all seam welded from top to bottom once in position and then finished with plenty of waterproof barriers. The base concreted with waterproofer and finished with further waterproofing and finally a leveling compound so there was a lovely clean finish inside.”

This is how all (modern) Hobbit Holes begin

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A load bearing roof was necessary to make it “mowable” once the grass was planted
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Waterproofing was essential everywhere

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Hobbit Hole with the sod roof in place

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Slowly the interior comes together

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Ventilation is key while underground!

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Talk about cozy!

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Now all that’s missing is a hobbit to inhabit this home…

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More info: UK Hobbit Hole 

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