11 Awesome Hobbit Homes for Preppers
J.R.R. Tolkien captured the hearts and minds of the American people. The Hobbit came first, then The Lord of the Rings. Perhaps not surprisingly, his writing, and later the films based on his books, inspired people to build real life hobbit homes. These homes are dug into the earth. They are not dirty, dark holes but rather, as Tolkien writes, “they are Hobbit holes. And that means comfort.”
For the survivalist, a Hobbit home is more than a fun fantasy. These dwellings are energy efficient and require fewer building materials than traditional houses. Such low impact homes make living off the grid much easier. And they can be concealed as though they were part of the landscape, making them a great bug-out option.
1. Hobbit House in a Hill
Remember, a hobbit house must be comfortable. That means warm and dry, above all else. Make sure to place a thick membrane of plastic sheeting between the framework and the earth that will cover it. This will prevent any moisture seeping into the house. You should also consider your heat source. While straw bale insulation will help retain heat, how will you generate it? Wood burning stoves are popular choices in hobbit homes.
2. DIY Welsh Hobbit Home
An eco-conscious couple built this hobbit home for only £3000 (that’s roughly $4500) in materials. They did the work themselves, in a total of about 1250 man hours. The end result is a beautiful, cozy house that is energy efficient and built primarily from recycled and renewable resources. Their advice to hobbit home builders (or any low impact home builder) is to look harder for materials. In their experience someone near you is throwing away nearly everything you need to build a beautiful home.
3. Shire Style Hobbit Home
Some hobbit houses are built by digging a hole and then building a mound over top of the home. This one was dug into an existing hill, making it a discreet part of the landscape.
This is a truly Tolkien Hobbit home. The most notable Hobbity feature is the round door. While it isn’t the most traditional, it is nice to have the width to move furniture in and out. Just make sure the roof is high enough so you (or your tall guests) aren’t forced to stoop or whack your head on the door.
4. Hobbit Style Turf Home
Turf houses were not inspired by Tolkien. They have been popular in Scandinavia for centuries, thanks to their heavy insulation and durability. They say that a well-built turf house can last over a hundred years. Maybe these are the houses that inspired Tolkien.
They should also inspire the survival prepper. This home is tough, warm and nearly invisible if you aren’t standing right in front of it.
5. New Zealand Hobbit Town
This is the real-life Hobbiton. You know, the main Hobbit village in the movies. When the director conceived the idea, he built an actual town of Hobbit holes in a New Zealand village called Matamata. While no one currently lives in these homes, you can go and spend the night in one. Now that the filming is long over, it is simply a tourist destination. With stunning countryside and unique accommodations, it’s worth a stop-over whether you’re a Tolkien fan or not.
And it is great concept. The right community could come together to build an inexpensive and eco-friendly town styled after this one.
6. Hobbit Hole Storage Shed
This Hobbity looking hole is actually an earthbag dome. It can be built for $300, is charming and makes a great storage shed. These domes are so well insulated by the earth that the interior temperature stays constant, like in a natural cave. This makes them an ideal design for root cellars. You can even grow your vegetables right on top of the dome.
7. Vacation Hobbit Home
This stunning Hobbit home is located in Scotland. It is an eco-friendly vacation rental built of stone and sod. You can see the chimney from the wood burning stove, and the vent from the back of the house. The views must be incredible.
8. Swiss Hobbit Home
In Switzerland this family wasn’t so taken with the round-door Shire style Hobbit hole. They went for a more modern look. Yet they still capture all the benefits of building into the earth.
Many Hobbit home designers recommend placing straw bales under the floors and within the walls. They form an inexpensive and highly effective layer of insulation. Even a stylish home like this one could have straw bale insulation hidden behind the walls.
9. The Roundhouse Hobbit Home
This is a fall image of The Roundhouse, a family summer home. In spring the yard abounds with flowers and the house looks buried in the vegetation. Many potential home builders might question the circular features of a classic Hobbit hole.
But the roundness is exactly what this family loves. “Our house is lovely: you’ve got a panorama wherever you look, and there are no corners for things to get stuck in,” they say. This Hobbit home is self sustaining. They use solar power, dug an earth fridge into the ground and their water comes from a Victorian well.
10. Hobbit Like Sod House
Sod homes have been around for thousands of years. They were used widely in Iceland and throughout Scandinavia, even back in the days of the Vikings. More recently, sod was a popular building material on the plains of the Old West, where lumber was scarce. The thick web of roots provide a sturdy, living structure from which a home can be built.
How useful to be able to construct a home out of nothing but grass and earth. Properly positioned, a sod home can be nearly indistinguishable from the prairie.
11. Eco-Cave Hobbit Home
This Hobbit like cave is built into a hillside. It has broad front doors so the whole living room can become a patio when the weather is nice. Keeping a Hobbit home well-ventilated is important, especially when whole family shares the space.
One of the coolest things about a home like this one is that the roof is totally functional. You could graze sheep, chickens or rabbits up there. They’ll get fat while keeping the living roof healthy and fertilized. You could also turn parts of the roof into a garden.
Plans for Hobbit Homes
Did we manage to get you excited about living underground? A Hobbit home is not your only option. Check out these websites for underground home plans. Some are ingenious, some are frighteningly claustrophobic. But all are inspiring and can help you design your perfect Hobbit hole.
- Earth Sheltered Underground House Plans
- Underground Buildings: Architecture and Environment
- Underground Home Plans
- Underground Home Design