Whether you're a longtime "Lord of the Rings" fan or you appreciate unique architecture when you see it, this energy-efficient hobbit home will make onlookers stop and stare.
Created by "Lord of the Rings" fan and civil engineer Jim Castigan, this residence dubbed Hobbit Hollow is officially on the market for $795,000. The 1,500 square foot home is built right into a hillside of the 1.7-acre property in upstate New York, literally making it one with its surrounding landscape.
The two-bedroom, two-bath hobbit home shares similar qualities to its cinematic inspirations, complete with intricate details like etched geometric patterns and a faux circular door, reported by Houzz. "I thought [Bag End] 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."
In addition to the design being true to the franchise, the home's lack of carbon footprint makes it as close to the real thing as humanly possible. Costigan was committed to building the hobbit house with energy-efficiency in mind, using thermal bridge-free construction, triple-pane thermal windows, and a green roof with a bluestone patio. Choosing to go sustainable almost doubled the time it took to complete the project, but Costigan's dedication to creating an eco-friendly residence is admirable in its own.
With such accurate attention to detail, it might come as no surprise that this isn't Castigan's first go-round at building a hobbit structure. His first attempt at a hobbit shed took place in his own backyard about 12 years ago, according to his blog. And once he was finished with that, Castigan was inspired to tackle the full house project.
The single family home at 16 Wilkinson Hollow Road in Pawling, NY, and is currently listed here. Even if you're not in the market for a new home, this achievement proves that any idea is capable of coming to life.