The Hobbit Hole: Part 1 Of The Hobbit House Architecture Guide
The hobbit hole is the first thing to think about when you begin building your hobbit house. It may seem like a simple step, but there are things that can easily be overlooked when you are first starting off.
So, in part 1 of the hobbit house architecture guide, I will take you through the task of digging out your hobbit hole :). Do you have your shovel ready?
Choose Your Hobbit Hole Location
Where will your future hobbit house be?
First things first, what you're going to want to do is choose a good location. This means you need to find a lovely hill.
Ideally, you would want your hobbit house to be near a stream or a lake so that you always have water close at hand to help sustain your very eco lifestyle. A well would work too - basically, you need drinking water, house hold water, and water to nurture your hobbit garden.
So a lovely hill near a sustainable water source would work out perfectly as the place to start digging your hobbit hole.
Decide Your Hobbit Hole Positioning
Once you've found that lovely hill, you'll then need to pick a position on it that takes its surroundings into consideration.
If your water source is directly next to the hill, it will make sense to build a bit higher than ground level. If there is a tree just in front of your lovely hill, you may want to build near the top of the hill to have an unobstructed view.
Frank Lloyd Wright wasn't a hobbit, but hobbit house architects can learn from his thoughts because he was the father of "organic architecture".
Essentially, Wright held an architectural philosophy of being sensitive about the nature around a building site. And what I spotlight now in bringing him up is that, when deciding where to position your hobbit house, it is important to remain conscious of the natural environment as you explore your options.
And here's some of Frankie's work
Supposedly, a picture says a thousand words, so this book would represent over 160 thousand words about Frank Lloyd Wright's work.
I'm always inspired by the work of creative individuals who are (or were) masters in their field. And what better way to find inspiration for not only the positioning of your hobbit house, but also its design than to crack open a book full of illustrations of the work of a brilliant architect?
With the positioning along the hill clear and an approximate understanding of what house dimensions you have available to you, things are opened up to exploring room configurations and space layouts.
This means that now it's time to get your drafting pencil out and sketch up a design that suits your needs. Think about how many bedrooms, chimney or no chimney, space on the side for a garden right next to your door or keep it simple and have the garden off to the side at the base of the hill?
Sketch these things up in a sectional drawing or a floor plan so that once you begin excavating the hill, you already know what you're aiming for (regarding depth and shapes).
What does the chief architect do on an architectural project? Well, they oversee everything from building planning to project execution. Now, the fact that you're reading this lens shows not only that you're interested in taking the hands-on, do-it-yourself approach to things but that also, you're likely the chief architect for this project! Well how about some help, chief architect?
Chief Architect Home Designer Suite 9.0 is a program that you may find to be a very useful planning tool. It has really great features that will speed up the process overall while allowing you to create lovely 3D views of your hobbit house as you design, as a way to help decide on home features.
If you're a bit of a creative hobbit who's already somewhat familiar with computer-aided design or merely are used to using basic photo-editing software, then you'll find the program easy to learn.
If, on the other hand, you are a bit intimidated when it comes to laying ideas out on a digital screen, you may want to take your time with the software at first as there might be a learning curve. But never fear, there's great instructional materials that come along with it and tutorial resources available too.
So, read over the users manual and reference manual a bit, watch the videos that are available, and play around with the features to get really familiar with the software's structure and setup (so that you can then start putting that energy into your hobbit house's structure and setup instead) :).
Start Your Hobbit Hole
Now we move on to the manual labor. Excited? Me too! Okay, you are going to need to dig your hobbit hole in that perfect spot you mapped out earlier.
You already planned the dimensions of the house, so make sure that the hobbit hole is close to that size.
It's impossible to be EXACT when your tools are muscle power and a shovel, but you can aim for something close and still do well.
What's that? No shovel? I'm sorry, I thought you had one already. Ok, no worries. That's not a problem at all, because Amazon has you covered! Yeah, Amazon is cool :)
After Your Hobbit Hole Is Dug....
You'll Need To Gather Materials
The best hobbit house materials are locally-sourced. Even though you may not be in The Shire right now... Well, I assume you're not in The Shire right now, or otherwise you would just walk on over to Merimas Gamgee's house and ask him about this stuff for in-person guidance on building instead of consulting some random human.
Anyway, even though you may not be in The Shire, where the trees are strong and have a lovely smell similar to mahogany :), still though, where ever you are is bound to have great trees for building too. Gathering your materials from as near as possible to where you are makes sense for three main reasons:
1) This practice is significantly more ecologically conscious than burning fossil fuels to transport wood from a far away destination.
2) If you're not going to do the chopping for the wood yourself, then you are supporting local commerce which is FANTASTIC!
3) The tree(s) grew up near to your building site, and thusly there will be no question about whether or not the wood is well suited to the environmental conditions of your area.
Reinforce Your Hobbit Hole
Ok, so now for the reinforcement of the structure. The prototype of a hobbit house that I'll go into now will be merely a single room (to keep things as uncomplicated as possible) but, you will be able to easily use the floorplan drawings you did earlier as a guide to then position addition walls.
Basically, since a hobbit house is a simple structure, you can replicate the process used to make the external reinforcement to build your walls as well. No offense to hobbits for calling hobbit houses "simple structures", by the way.
The place to begin in the reinforcement process is by first chopping up that tree you will be using. The beams should be cut into planks of 10 Ã 20 cm (or 15 Ã 30 cm to be safe) and to a length of 5 m. For the American hobbits out there, that's 4" Ã 8" (or 6" Ã 12" to be safe) and a length of 16 feet.
Again, your design will ultimately dictate the dimensions, but for this generic, one-room hobbit house, I need numbers to work with for the width of the room.
Get The Nails Out
You'll need to make a box out of the beams and boards.
The beams are the support structures that you nail the boards to in order to create your floor and ceiling. The beams will also be the columns that connect the outter edges of the floor to the outter edges of the ceiling.
There should be a 1.5m (5 feet) space between each beam going horizontally. Repeat the pattern vertically with the boards, but space those a shorter distance apart - about 4 cm (1.5") instead. Then, nail the boards to the beams as shown in the illustration above.
Take A Break
Building a house is hard work! Take a break, relax, and reconnect with folks you may have started to neglect since the start of your project and just enjoy a bit of time away from the building site.
This will help to recharge your batteries and also remind you what having a house is about - sharing time and space with those close to you. And once the dust has settled and your hobbit house is complete, you'll be happy you took the time out to spend time and share a meal.
With Your Hobbit Hole Done...
Next You'll Need To Start Bringing Your Design To Life
The next steps are mapped out in the next lens, which is titled Hobbit House Construction: Part 2 Of The Hobbit House Architecture Guide. Click here to check it out.
The ULTIMATE Housewarming Gift - A Blessing
I wouldn't have been surprised if a few wizards or faeries would have dropped by. But angels? Wow, I'm so pleasantly surprised to not only have been visited by, but also blessed by angels. Here they are:
Kathy is an inspiring American angel. Her lenses teach, her lenses pull at your heartstrings, her lenses make you think. I'm aware that Kathy gives more to the community than she takes, and I am truly honored to have had my hobbit house lens blessed by this Squidoo Angel.
Angel Cynthia flies around on the other side of the world from Kathy. Her wings have been ornamented with lovely personal sketches.She titillates our ears as she beautifies the community with informative, touching, funny lenses. You should check out this Squidoo Angel's work.
Share W/Your Friends!
If you're not in Middle Earth (where the soil is ideal for building hobbit houses into), it would be a good idea to enlist the help of a knowledgeable professional to help you assess the soil in your area before you start excavating.
There may be safety considerations that are otherwise overlooked. Don't ask me though, I'm merely going over the theoretical stuff! And, as such, I won't be responsible for any adverse affects that may result from your hobbit hole digging.