Incredible Tiny Hobbit Home For Under $30k
From television shows to entire movements, the tiny house trend is on the rise in the real estate world. Now one man is hoping to use his construction skills to take tiny houses to the next level.
Randy Jones worked on log cabins for years. Now he’s downsizing to custom-made hobbit houses. His first creation is located in Morristown, Tennessee. From the eyebrow windows to the ivy covered roof and the round door, you can see the hobbit-like detail throughout the house.
“Normally you have straight edges and lines,” said Jones, but “in a hobbit there is nothing straight. Everything is curved and round.”
Jones says he can turn out one of these homes, with custom requests, in about two weeks. So far he’s done lots of labor and very little marketing.
“The tiny house community is very big,” Jones explained. “It’s a tight knit community. They are finding me in all different venues.”
Jones says after he sold the Hobbit House, he made just one tiny home and posted it on an online site. Within just 24 hours, it caught a lot of attention. He is currently building a home for someone in the Chicago area and has orders for several more. He says the big difference between his work and other contractors is cost. Most of his homes are below $30,000.
Here are some other tips to keep your construction budget low when considering how to build your tiny slice of awesome.
If you're blessed with more time and skill than money, building from salvage is a great choice. Not only can you get beautiful, sturdy materials, you also can avoid the excessive chemicals present in many new materials. Here's an example of a beautiful wood floor built from pallets. Old windows, doors, and panelling can be found at salvage stores, dumps, curbside on trash pick up day and through Craigslist and Freecycle. Keep in mind, however, that you may need to modify your design to work in the materials you're able to find. In addition, if you're trying to meet building codes, you'll want to document and take pictures of your materials, and perhaps even ask your building inspector to come out and take a look to be sure they're acceptable.
According to the article, Design for Climate, "approximately 40% of household energy is used for heating and cooling to achieve thermal comfort. This rate could be cut to almost zero in new housing through sound climate responsive design." While written for Australia, the tips and different climate types are easily translatable to other regions of the world.
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