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A Home Fit for a Hobbit A Home Fit for a Hobbit

A Home Fit for a Hobbit

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Dubbed Hobbit Hollow, the energy-efficient dwelling in New York State was designed by Jim Costigan, who has for many years fashioned quite the opposite in his career as an architect of Manhattan skyscrapers.

The structure is located on a little under 2 acres of land in Pawling, New York. A stream and waterfall are nearby.

Costigan recently told New Atlas that after seeing the Fellowship of the Ring, he believed that Bilbo Baggin's house, known as Bag End, stood out as truly one-of-a-kind.  Feeling as though the cinematic depiction was a dwelling he'd like to inhabit, Costigan researched whether a similar model had already been built, but came up empty. As a result, he built what he calls the Hobbit Shed in his backyard to house his lawn tractor.

He put an image of the shed on the Web and says that he received a "tremendous response" to the posting. At that point, Costigan started to come up with ideas for a version of the shed that could serve as an actual house.

Hobbit Hollow, he explains, is "sort of for the modern day Bilbo Baggins who is concerned with climate change and all that other good stuff."

The structure features a pair of parallel 16 inch-thick concrete walls holding up a bolstered concrete roof that measures 16 inches above the walls and 9 inches at the peak.

The 1,500 sq ft interior includes two bedrooms and bathrooms, a dining room, living room, dining room, utility rom, halfway, and kitchen. Skylights allow for parts of the house to be bathed in natural light.

The house has been placed up for sale, though the asking price has yet to be announced.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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