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  1. Kristine Sackville Baggins
    February 27, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Dear Jim: Looking at your wonderful work, I am forced to think of myself as the twin Lobelia Sackville Baggins; she wants Bilbo’s/Frodo’s house (don’t we all?), and I want this shed too. It’s a treat to see your work. Thanks for sharing the video and information, Kristine

    • Jim
      February 27, 2015 | 12:06 pm

      Kristine! Thanks for leaving a comment and I’m glad you liked the shed. You may not have noticed but I’m currently working on a real Hobbit House. If you click on the Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog you’ll get an idea of what a real live Hobbit house may look like!(I have a ways to go but you’ll get the idea.)


  2. Finni
    November 28, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Hi Jim,
    Greetings from Portsmouth in the UK – what a wonderful piece of work – just a delight – well done for persevering! I came across it on a wonderful FaceBook page (link below), which, if you ever want to wander around the world to see the architectural artistic endeavours by ordinary (and extraordinary!) people, is a great place to scroll through – it has introduced me to some amazing places! If you click on the little arrows to the top right of your photo here, you will open the photo viewer, so you can scroll through the magical garden of photos… some of them are of course photoshop, but many, like yours, are real…
    With warm wishes,
    finni golden

    • Jim
      November 30, 2014 | 7:52 pm

      Finni! Thanks for writing! It’s always great to hear from others and see what else creative people are doing around the world. You may not have noticed it but I’m writing a construction blog (Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog)about the current house that I’m working on. It won’t be done for quite some time but if you have some time check it out.

      Thanks again for writing it’s always much appreciated!


  3. Luke's class
    June 2, 2014 | 10:53 am

    Hi, After Luke shared his weekend with the class we went on your website to see your hobbit shed. We all thought it was amazing and so well done!
    Luke was very proud to share this with his class.

    • Jim
      June 8, 2014 | 8:03 pm

      Hey Luke’s class! I’m so sorry it took so long for me to respond. I’ve been getting home late from work every day. I’m so glad you stopped by my website and left a comment! I hope you guys and gals are all doing well and maybe someday when I’m all finished you can take a field trip up to check out a real Hobbit House. That would make me happy. Don’t hold your breath though it’s going to take a long time to finish this Hobbit House….a few years at least. Luke what happened to those Rangers the other night????

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Uncle Jim

  4. Carrie Buhler
    April 14, 2014 | 11:26 pm

    This shed is so wonderful! I’d LOVE to build one out at my farm as a small guesthouse or office! By the way, I’m from Morland, Kansas!

    • Jim
      April 15, 2014 | 9:16 pm

      Carrie! So nice to hear from you. I’m glad you like the shed. I wish I had thought of the shed as a guest house when I had first started. Live and learn. I hope you are following along with the Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog as well. I get a big kick out of it. Thanks again so much for writing!


  5. Rhonda Tron
    April 7, 2014 | 7:13 pm

    I love your Hobbit Shed! I would like to build one for a storm shelter here in Southern Indiana for the tornado season. My problem is my property if flat. Could I dig into the ground for half of the depth with steps going down? I have a plan in my head to keep water out but do not know if it will work. Thanks for all the info you put on your blog.

    • Jim
      April 9, 2014 | 1:12 pm

      Rhonda: Thanks so much for writing and following along! Hmmm, there’s a lot to talk about with this one. Water is always a probem. If it was up to me I would definitely try to use gravity to deal with water.

      I don’t live in an area susceptable to tornades but if one did hit you wouldn’t want to be worried about water. It’s doubtful there would be any electic for a pumping system.

      This gets back to how elaborate you want to get as far as size, looks, and the like. If your idea is simply a storm shelter you could probably do something that’s a combination of my shed and the house I’m working on right now. If you wanted to set it up so it was like a guest house on your property with running water and a bathroom then that’s a little different.

      As far as stepping it down into the soil that will probably affect the look of the Hobbit house. If you keep it relatively small say 16’x12′ you really wouldn’t need all that muach soil trucked in to cover it up with.

      Also the smaller you size the lower the cost obviously which gets back to what I said previously. Would there be any other use for the house? (ie. shed, guest house, office, TV room) Once you’re into a project like this sometimes you are better off going the extra mile.

      I hope I haven’t confused you more. If you are relly serious about doing this it also might pay to have an architect come up with a plan. Or at least consult with one so you know what you might be up against with permits and the like in your area.

      Good luck on your unexpected journey!

      Take care!

  6. jody
    January 8, 2014 | 8:54 pm

    This is awesome and very creative. Good job

    • jim
      January 9, 2014 | 8:22 pm

      Jody with a y: Thanks for writing! I’m glad you like the shed. Take care!


  7. Cynthia Caillagh Midwife
    December 31, 2013 | 6:15 pm

    Gorgeous. I would love one of this for a birthing center. Very inviting

    • jim
      January 1, 2014 | 8:23 am

      Cynthia: Hmmm… a birthing center… Very interesting. It’s nice to hear everyone’s different take on what they would use the Hobbit shed for. I’m so glad you like it. Best wishes for the new year!


  8. Chris Hone
    December 30, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    Jim –

    Needless to say – A very cool shed!! And since you are in the concrete business (and given the number of comments), I think you really hit a cord with your shed. Might be a business idea?! A lot of us have the desire to have something like this – but few have the skill. I am in South Texas – San Antonio and would love to put something like this on my property someday! Well done.

    • Jim
      December 30, 2013 | 8:01 pm

      Hi Chris! I’m glad you like the shed. It’s nice to hear that people might be interested in building these kinds of structures. I love it. Unfortuneately I can’t quit my day job. 4 kids to put through college and all.

      I don’t know if you saw the construction blog part of the website.(My children say you can’t see the title well so people don’t know about it.) But the blog is a work in progress of the hobbit house I’m currently working on. If you get a minute check it out.

      I really appreciate you writing. It’s really inspirational for me when I get such nice feed back! Thanks again!


  9. Jim Divis
    June 16, 2013 | 10:14 pm


    Thanks for sharing your work on your site. It takes some courage and patience to engage in such endeavours. Your shed is some nice work. I can’t wait to see the continuing progress on the home. I wish you the best in your project.

    • Jim
      June 17, 2013 | 8:50 pm

      Dear Jim: Thanks for writing and I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog.Believe it or not the blog is the hardest part about building this house.I never did well with my essays for english while I was in school. I’m trying. Thanks again!

  10. Titan Garages & Sheds
    April 24, 2013 | 8:25 am

    I think your site has an immense catalog and helpful for those public who want to do something unique and do for others.

    • Jim
      April 24, 2013 | 9:04 pm

      Dear Titan Garages and Sheds aka “The Kings of Steel”. I’m glad you liked the site.My hope is to educate people on energy efficient homes and the building process in general. Most people do not realize how much is involved in building a home and how many ups and downs you go through during the building process. I hope you guys enjoy the blog.Talk to you soon.

  11. José Antonio Domingos
    April 22, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    Congratulations Jim!

    I’m from Brazil and your job is amazing.
    Tolkien is ever a great inspiration!

    • Jim
      April 23, 2013 | 7:43 pm

      Jose: Thanks for writing! I’m glad you liked the shed. Take a look at the construction blog I’m working on if you have some time. Hobbit Hollow is going to be a larger version of the shed. Enjoy!

  12. Sarah
    March 4, 2013 | 7:42 pm

    Jim, fantastic work. I absolutely love your projects. Best of luck with Hobbit Hollow.

    South Eastern Australia

    • Jim
      March 6, 2013 | 7:55 pm

      Sarah: Thanks for taking the time to write. I’m glad you like what I’m doing. It means a lot to me when I hear from people like you.


  13. Wooden shed
    February 25, 2013 | 9:46 am

    love this site – it’s a great blog.Thanks for shearing this with us .It is very useful for who wants to find the information about discussed topic including me.
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    • Jim
      February 28, 2013 | 8:31 pm

      Dear Wood: Thanks for leaving a comment and I’m glad you like the blog! Interesting first name. My wife submitted my building application this week so I hope to get started once the weather gets better. Trying to keep the blog light hearted and not too serious. Thanks again!


  14. Ny lighting
    December 21, 2012 | 7:50 am

    I really like the name of your blog. It’s quite distinct and unique.

    • Jim
      January 1, 2013 | 9:47 am

      Dear Ny: Thanks for writing! I hope you enjoy the blog. Take care.


  15. Raymond Akey
    August 20, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Jim, love the look and “feel” of your project. I plan on modifying it for a non-passive shed with planters to replicate the in-ground look. No concrete for me… I am a wood guy. Thrilled to see you give mention to Rob Roy. He used to be a customer of mine when I ran a hardware store in UPstate NY… (see Plattsburgh) He does not get the credit he deserves. I now live in DE and am looking at the project as a playhouse for my kids. Wish you well on the hobbit house.. I will check in on your page from time to time and might try and be one of your first weekend tennants.

    • Jim
      August 21, 2012 | 9:17 pm

      Dear Raymond: Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I’m glad the shed has inspired you to take on a project of your own. I actually demoed the house on the property for the Hobbit house I will be building just last weekend.Once I clear up all the debris I will put some pictures on these pages. Thanks again for writing and good luck with your project!


  16. Lisa Hutton
    May 19, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Hi Jim

    Just wanted to leave a quick comment and say i LOVE the shed! i would sooo love one of these for my jewellery studio but alas im stuck with the dinning room table as my work space! good luck with the house build sounds like a fantastic project!

    • Jim
      May 20, 2012 | 8:22 pm

      Dear Lisa: Thanks for leaving a comment and I’m glad you liked the shed!Good luck with what you are doing with the jewelry!


  17. Georgia
    April 24, 2012 | 8:47 pm

    Hi Dad!!!

    I was just thinking about you and your hobbit shed/hollow today and I just want you to know that I’m so proud of you. It makes me so happy that you’re doing this and fulfilling your dream. You are a truly inspirational person and I love you so much for everything that you do. Thanks for the email the other day too!! That really made my morning that day and it was a great surprise! I hope everything is going well and I can’t wait to see more of the construction on Hobbit Hollow!!! I love you!!! =)

    • Jim
      April 25, 2012 | 9:06 pm

      Georgia: Thanks. Miss you and can’t wait to see you!


  18. Austin Grech
    March 23, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    Dear Jim,
    Great job.I have a seafront plot on the isle of Hoy Orkney Scotland and lately have been doing some reaseach on earth bermed house-builds.I have read that if concrete is made up of chipping made from lava it will have a high insulation value.Will you be considering anything similar in the hollw house project.Since you have mentioned that you have been involved with concrete for many years,any hitech additive you plan to use to help seal the concrete to make it less porous just in case any of the ‘tanking off’ material fails.Good luck with your next project and many thanks for providing a wealth of information to us all

    • Jim
      March 24, 2012 | 5:52 pm

      Dear Austin: Thanks so much for the comment! It’s always interesting to hear what other people are doing. I have never heard of the lava chip additive in concrete that you mentioned. Lightweight concrete uses pumice stone which is much lighter than stone concrete. Pumice might be a form of lava but I don’t know. This is typically used for fill areas in buildings where the engineer does not want to overload the slab with a serious dead load. The problem with concrete is that its insulation value is essentially zero. I have never heard of an increase in R values with a change in the type of stone being used. I could go on about concrete for quite some time.I’m not really sure what “tanking off” means. This is not a term I have ever heard of in New York City high rise. Concrete is not porous per se.What happens to concrete is it cracks when it is in tension. This is the reason reinforcing bars are used in reinforced concrete. The concrete takes the compression loads and the rebar takes the tension. What is great about my structure is that it is an arch. An arch is always in compression so there should not be any cracking. I did reinforce my arch and I did waterproof it.My next project will apply 12 inches of XPS insulation on the roof and 8 inches on the sidewalls. I don’t know if I’ve hepled you or not just leave another comment if you want to.Thanks again for writing.

  19. Borislava
    March 6, 2012 | 5:08 am

    Greetings from Bulgaria and the Balkans :))
    You did a great job! Thanks for sharing, I am glad that there people, who are so dedicated to the love and magic that springs from Middle Earth 🙂

    • Jim
      March 10, 2012 | 4:33 pm

      Dear Boris: Thanks for the comment and greetings from Pawling, New York! I’m glad you liked the shed. Please stop back here in a couple of weeks and you can learn about my latest project called Hobbit Hollow. Take care and thanks again!

  20. Zak
    March 1, 2012 | 8:50 am

    Dear Jim,
    I am from Serbia and I dream of this kind of home. Unfortunately, with my salary, construction is likely to last for at least 50 years ….
    I’m jealous …. I’m joking of course 🙂

    Greetings from Zajecar


    • Jim
      March 3, 2012 | 6:06 pm

      Dear Zak: Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I apologize for taking so long to respond. I don’t know if you have read any of the comments here but I have started working on drawings to build a real hobbit house in Pawling, New York. I hope to start building sometime this summer. This house will be a vacation rental that you could come and stay in with friends someday when it is finished. My hope is that this type of home will be economically suitable for people with modest incomes. I will be expanding this website so I can update the construction process every few months to keep people informed.If you don’t mind me asking, how did you find my website? Thanks again for the comment!


  21. Deborah
    January 25, 2012 | 8:22 am

    Dear Jim,

    Thank you so much for showing that dreams can become reality.

    I first read ‘The Hobbit’ about three years after I had the pleasure of living in an underground house in Cobber Pedy, South Australia for a couple of months as a teenager. It really took me back to memories of relief by getting out of the extreme summer heat by going under ground, which was very welcome with the rooms being pretty much any size, shape and configuration you could dig out. It was also a heck of a lot of fun.
    However, when Mr Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Homes appeared up on the big screen, I couldn’t help myself – I turned to. My hubby and said ‘I want one!”.
    Your shed is a work of art, and it certainly makes me want to live like that again. No air conditioning required, nor heating either. But I digress, thank you, it looks beautifully done, in especial the details you have placed. And I Love the door. Well done.
    Kindest regards,
    From Perth, Western Australia.

    • Jim
      January 26, 2012 | 9:19 pm

      Dear Deborah: Thanks so much for leaving a comment! It is really very satisfying to hear from people like you who really appreciate the shed. I am currently working on plans for a 2 bed 2 bath Hobbit House that I hope to get started on sometime this summer. It will be called Hobbit Hollow and I hope to make it a vacation rental. If you ever visit New York City you can take a short train ride and spend a night in a real Hobbit House! Thanks again!


    • Pete
      September 24, 2012 | 5:46 am

      Hi Deb,

      Saw your post and got interested in your own hobbit home existing in lil ol’ Perth. Would love to come and see such awesome architecture in my native city.

      Any chance of coming to have a look at what you have built?

      I’m currently up in Exmouth, hoping to get land to embark on a project with a mate and I. We aim to have a few accommodations made from monolithic building practises, as well as a sunken amphitheatre made from earthbags.

      Our project is called ‘Option B’:

      Option B is unique tourist accommodation: an eco-friendly hostel/backpackers/camping area all rolled in to one, created from scratch and run with as minimal an impact on the environment as possible – with a focus on educating guests of all walks of life about sustainable living practices and introducing them to the splendid surrounds of the Gascoyne region. Option B will endeavour to use natural resources (such as solar and wind generated power) for energy on site, as well as solely using recycled materials to build guest accommodations (converted caravans, train carriages, yachts and ‘hobbit homes’) that are designed to aesthetically reflect a “green” business geographically located in an area with spectacular marine life and a plethora of water based activities nearby. Minimising water wastage will be a priority and made effective via grey water systems, compost waste solutions and self- sufficient gardens. Ample edible produce from our garden beds will be a task, to say the least, in Exmouth’s harsh climate but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to tackling. Whilst the business wouldn’t be “off-the-grid” or entirely self-sustainable, the concept that we hope would appeal to guests would be that of attaining as close to a carbon neutral option as possible while staying at our ‘homestay away from home’. Option B will provide a wealth of activities (and advice on activities) without stretching the visitor’s budget. We’re aiming to (gradually over time) fine tune our approach to tourist accommodation that will hopefully develop a unique vibe on site and one day make Option B a tourist attraction/destination in itself – set in the stunning surrounds of Exmouth, built and run by two enthusiastic West Australians who collectively hold over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry.

      My mobile is 0420 228 104 and email is I’m back in Perth for a week in the middle of November.



      ps. Jim – awesome hobbit home. If I’m ever in NY I’ll definitely come visit!

  22. Tory
    December 27, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    Hi Jim.
    I’ve been blown away by your hobbit shed since my son, Justin, brought your site to my attention earlier this year after seeing the shed in person (He’s a friend of Georgia’s). I should have commented at the time, but.. best laid plans. Spent more time on the site today and am just as impressed; look forward to updates on your new project.
    My neighbor sent me this morning,
    a project with which you may already be familiar, and I know he’ll be fascinated with yours, more so in that it’s local, so I’m passing on your site. As lovely as the fairy house is, it fills me with practical concerns related to long term use/living, issues that you appear to have well in hand.
    Thanks for letting us share in the wonder (without lifting a finger!).

    • Jim
      December 28, 2011 | 8:40 pm

      Dear Tory: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from all the people who have written. I’m glad you liked the shed and I have talked with your friend Peter. It sounds like he is interested in his own hobbit shed somewhere on his property. I may see him this weekend. Anyway I’m glad you liked the shed and I appreciate you letting others know about it! The next project is called Hobbit Hollow and I hope to have a site started by June or July of 2012. Thanks again!


      • Tory
        December 30, 2011 | 1:03 am

        Dear Jim,
        Peter certainly didn’t let any grass grow under his feet! I’m glad you two have made contact. He will certainly leave you smiling.
        Looking forward to Hobbit Hollow.
        Best of the New Year to you and your family (and a hug to Georgia!)

  23. Eileen Mullen
    December 27, 2011 | 8:05 am

    Hey Jim,
    It’s your cousin, Eileen. We were just taking a peak at your Hobbit house as both my son, Peter (8), and I begin our Hobbit adventure with the reading of the Hobbit. Unfortunately my 10 year old, Jimmy, is more interested in books of Rick Riordan right now to join us on this adventure. Anyway, we are enjoying the ” tea” in Bilbo’s Hobbit House and are ready to set off!
    Hope you and your family are well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Jim
      December 28, 2011 | 8:53 pm

      Dear Eileen: It’s cousin Jim returning your comment. Thanks so much for writing! I hope all is well with you and your family.I’m glad you are reading the Hobbit. The new Hobbit movie is going to come out December 2012. If you go to youtube you can view the official Hobbit trailer. I think it’s called “Hobbit Official Trailer #1”. If you are into the way Peter Jackson makes the movies check out Hobbit Production Diary Video #4. This get into how they are filming the Hobbit in 3-D. Have fun and enjoy the book!

      Best wishes,

  24. debra ritchie-hospes
    December 12, 2011 | 9:38 am

    All I can say is wow!

    • Jim
      December 13, 2011 | 7:17 pm

      Dear Debra: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked the shed.Keep on the lookout for my next project which will be called Hobbit Hollow. I should have a website or link to it by this coming June of 2012.


  25. Helen
    December 8, 2011 | 11:54 am

    Since my husband and I love Hobbits and talk about living in a Hobbit Hole, I love the outside look of the shed. I would love it as a playhouse, but of course, that would be much more expensive.

    • Jim
      December 8, 2011 | 8:12 pm

      Dear Helen: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked the shed! I’ve purchased a building lot and plan to build a real Hobbit House that will be used as a vacation rental. The property is called Hobbit Hollow and I hope to start building sometime this spring! In the next 3 to 4 months I hope to develop a website that will update the building process and a potential finish date. I’m glad you enjoyed the structure and I really appreciate you taking the time to write. Thanks again!


  26. Casey
    November 6, 2011 | 11:53 am

    Oh – p.s., I just saw your note on building a hobbit house near NY sometime starting next year – I’m in! Please put me on the rental list – I will fly to NY to stay there and make a childhood dream come true! (Hey – thought from a marketing guru for free – maybe you could raffle off chances to stay?)

    • Jim
      November 6, 2011 | 8:26 pm

      Dear Casey: Thanks for the wonderful comments.I’m so glad you liked the shed.The closing date for the property is November 8th.Unfortuneately I cannot quit my day job to work on this full time. The name of this place will be called Hobbit Hollow and I hope to be opening the doors in about two years. This will be a two bedroom two bath hobbit home, with accomodations for up to six little folk. I will be adding a topic to my title bar called Hobbit Hollow and this will post updates as to the progress of the construction. There are some complications with the site that will take some time to remedy. I hope to start in earnest sometime in the spring of 2012. Thanks for the support and the tip. As of right now you are officially on the guest list!


  27. Casey
    November 6, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Coolest shed in the world! I have been reading Tolkein since I was a wee thing and loved the way the movies evoked the feeling of his writing. You’ve done a wonderful job and I am completely jealous! (I stumbled on this while searching for a viable, inexpensive way to build a small pottery studio in Arizona. Alas, though I have the room (an acre) I haven’t the hill for a hobbit house.) Wonderful to see this!

    • jim
      October 14, 2014 | 8:31 pm

      Casey! I don’t know what happened. How I missed replying has thrown me for a loop. I just happened to be re-reading some of the old comments for a little morale booster and I noticed I never responded to you. I apologize.

      If you get a chance, and I know this is coming late in the game, check out the blog. I don’t have a hill either. We’re going to make it work though.

      Thanks for leaving a comment! Again sorry I’m so late!


  28. Jackie Olson
    October 23, 2011 | 8:28 pm

    Hi Jim
    wow, there’s a ton of comments to scroll through! The shed is mad cute! What a great job you did. My husbands a bricklayer; wonder if I could coax a BagEnd residence out of him?? Gotta watch my property taxes, though; I’m in Bergen County, NJ.

    Any chance you’d get a bunch of builders and take on a low-income Hobbiton somewhere? 🙂

    Take care. ~Jackie O

    • Jim
      October 25, 2011 | 8:42 pm

      Dear Jackie: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked the shed. The big question is can an affordable hobbit house be built? That is what I am currently trying to answer. And of course how will the assessor assess this so called hobbit house on the tax rolls! I too am in the greater New York metropolitan area and am very aware of the tax man and the havoc he can reek on a simple hamlet like Hobbiton. I digress. I am in the process of buying a lot to build a Hobbit house on. I hope to start bulding this coming spring! Maybe your husband can give me some pointers on the brick chimney I plan to build for it. Anyway,take a look back at this site sometime in June of 2012 and hopefully I will have an update about the progress on the house.Thanks again for writing. It is very inspirational to hear from people who like what I’ve created.


      P.S. The hobbit house I am going to build is going to be a vacation rental so someday you can come up with your family and spend the night!

  29. Arun Menon
    October 21, 2011 | 6:31 am

    Dear Jim,

    Came here from the youtube. Awesome work buddy!!.

    Hope to see your hobbit house on the net soon.

    This sure is an inspiration to do something different from the also ran mundane stuff.

    Thank you


    • jim
      October 23, 2011 | 10:18 am

      Dear Arun: Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked the shed. I will be closing on a beautiful piece of property for my Hobbit House in early November. I probably will not start working on the structure until the spring of next year(2012). I hope to keep a blog or add to this website with updates on the construction. When the Hobbit House is complete I hope to rent it as a vacation rental so people can check out what real Hobbit living is all about. The location is only one hour from Nes York City by train so if you visit the city someday you can come spend a night at Hobbit Hollow. That’s the name of the place. Thanks again for writing.


  30. jj
    October 15, 2011 | 6:11 am

    Nice desigan! Would love to see something like that that you could actually live in. Thanks for sharing. jj

    • jim
      October 18, 2011 | 8:34 pm

      Dear jj: Thanks for the comment! I’m working on a full scale house as we speak. I’ll be closing on the property in about a month! Keep an eye out for how to build a hobbit house on you tube in the coming year!


  31. Mike Driscoll (again)
    August 11, 2011 | 11:11 pm

    Saw the 5 minute video tour that you posted on YouTube.
    I’m not too internet savy, but perhaps put a link to the video somewhere on this site. Again, great job!

  32. Mike Driscoll
    August 11, 2011 | 10:47 pm

    Wow. An amazing accomplishment.
    I will call soon for a tour!!
    Been far too long (my fault).

  33. barney
    August 11, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    dear jim: Nice job.

  34. Georgia
    August 9, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    Hi Dad!!! =)

  35. Marta
    July 15, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Hi! Your work is AWESOME!!! You are really a LOTR geek! I want the same one in my garden 🙂
    Greetings from Tolkien fan from Poland!

    • jim
      July 17, 2011 | 6:59 am

      Dear Marta: Thanks for leaving a comment! It’s funny you mention putting one in your garden. I had someone come over and look at it and they said it would be perfect if there was a little garden nearby. I’m glad you like it. I’m currently trying to find some property where I live so I can build a real Hobbit House. My intent is to make it a vacation home so people like yourself can see what Hobbit living is really like. Thanks again for the kind words.


  36. Dwayne
    July 4, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    Found a link to your shed site at Backwoods Home Magazine’s forums:

    Very cool shed! Several of those on a steep slope overlooking a river etc would make fantastic, low maintenance “campground” cabins.

    • jim
      July 17, 2011 | 6:48 am

      Dear Dwayne: I apologize for taking so long to respond.I was very busy the week of the 4th and then I went on vacation. Thanks for writing and leaving a comment!I’m glad you liked the shed and hopefully someday I’ll be able to build one in a location like the one you mentioned.Thanks also for mentioning where you saw the shed. The number of web sites out there is absolutely mind boggleing!


  37. Cyndy
    July 3, 2011 | 12:16 am

    Hi Jim, I just found your hobbit shed. Way to go, I want one, badly. But, I don’t have any land to build it on. darn it all. I’ve always loved round things, houses, gers, sheds, doors, window, etc. I can wish all I want, I suppose and maybe someday, it will come true. Thanks so much for putting the pics up. I could definitely make it into a craft place. Sewing, gourd craftin, beadwork, etc. furniture building………and of course gardening.

    • jim
      July 3, 2011 | 8:04 am

      Dear Cindy: Thanks for leaving a comment! Where did you find out about the shed? I’m amazed at how many people have come to the site. I am currently trying to buy a building lot to build a real Hobbit House on but the properties near by are still very expensive. The big picture is to build this Hobbit House and then use it as a vacation rental.This way people could come and see what real Hobbit living is all about. Check back here in a couple of months I will add any news about new Hobbit construction here. Thanks for writing!


  38. David
    July 2, 2011 | 11:16 pm

    Let’s see:
    Blueprints, Check
    Building Permit, Check
    Excavation, Check
    Footers, Check
    Concrete, Check
    Rebar, Check
    forms, Check
    Concrete Pumper, Check

    All the things normal people do not need when building a shed. I love it!

    • jim
      July 3, 2011 | 7:53 am

      Dear David: Yeah, most people think I have issues. Thanks for the comment!


  39. Christoph
    June 25, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Hi Jim,

    this is a amazing piece of work. I am from Germany and we are very keen on getting engergy saving homes like passive houses etc. In general your approach is very good from energy perspective, as the winter is not that cold and the summer not that hot in the earth.

    The only thing I would be concerned of is the humidity inside of the home and how to get it out (venting by openening the windows would not work under the earth).

    Thanks for that insparation.


    • jim
      June 26, 2011 | 9:29 pm

      Dear Christoph: Thanks for leaving a comment about the shed!The way humidity and air is controlled in this type of a home is throught a heat recovery ventilator. This device monitors the humidity is the home and exhausts stale or humid air as needed. This results in excellent indoor air quality. During cold winter months the energy from the exhausted air is transfered to the incoming air through a heat exchanger with an efficiency rating of 75 to 95 percent. What this means is that the incoming cold air is heated by the outgoing stale air. The result is that very little energy is needed to heat this incoming fresh air. The book “Homes for a Changing Climate” by Katrin Klingenberg gives an excellent description of how passive houses are supposed to work. I hope I have answered your question. My hope is to build a passive Hobbit House. When I do I hope to share It with everyone. Good luck and best wishes!


  40. jim
    June 19, 2011 | 10:51 am

    Dear Wes: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m not sure where you got the six feet of earth on top of the shed from. At the front of the shed there is about 8 inches of soil and towards the back there is 12 to 18 inches. But you are correct.If someone did build a shed with that much cover there would be a heating issue. If you have the time go to the passive house website.This type of home is basically airtight and superinsulated.The house uses a heat recoveery ventilator to bring in a constant supply of fresh air into the house. I attended one of their seminars and according to Katrin Klingenberg, one of the founders of passive house in the US,these sysstems create the best air quality you could ever possibly want in a home. The site is . I have read articles and books about solar passive houses with too much window wall that have become overheated so I hear what you are saying about your friends house. I’m glad you liked the Hobbit Shed and I’m hoping to build a real Hobbit House soon that will be available for vacation rentals so people like yourself can see what real Hobbit House living is all about! Thanks again.


  41. Wes
    June 17, 2011 | 12:21 am

    Love what you have built, but with 6ft of earth cover over you roof it would keep you indoor temperature down to 57 degrees all the time. That is if the sun doesn’t shine in thru big window (which you don’t have). You have done a fantastic job and have a treasure everyone loves. Here in Oregon I know for fact the temperature would be 57 degrees. I also know east of San Diego a friends Uncle built a subterranean House and it was hot inside and he didn’t understand why. I mentioned to him that he would have to put 40 watt light bulbs in to drop the temperature, and it did. He didn’t understand or think of that before complaining about it. Love what you have created in real life. Thank you from all whom I know that love LOR.

  42. Jenny (Costigan) Reale
    June 10, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    Wow Jim, truly amazing!!! I’m posting your website on my facebook page. My husband is a huge J.R.R. Tolken fan and loved the Lord of the Rings movie. Your an expert craftsman.

    • jim
      June 16, 2011 | 8:43 pm

      Dear Jenny: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked it. Your father stopped by with Mary a couple of weekends ago to take a look. Thanks for putting it on your facebook page! I hope all is well with you and your family.Sorry it took so long to respond. It’s always nice to get a comment. Thanks again for taking the time to write.

      Best wishes always,

  43. Shannon M. of Grand Forks, ND
    June 10, 2011 | 12:06 am

    Love the design, even though my husband is the Lord of the Rings fan… Would like to try something like this in more of the roundhouse style, maybe using earthbags instead of cement. You did an excellent job!

    • jim
      June 10, 2011 | 9:16 pm

      Dear Shannon: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad a non LOTR fan enjoys the look of a Hobbit House. I don’t know to much about earth bag construction but the main consideration in an earth sheltered home is the roof load. The soil load is about 100 lbs. per square foot for 12 inches of soil. The snow load in 70 lbs per square foot. So for a 1000 square foot home that is 170,000 lbs.! That is one of the reasons I thought a real Hobbit House has to be made out of concrete. Best of luck with your design! Thanks for writing!


  44. Hi, Jim – This looks brilliant! It certainly beats my little falling down shed on my allotment. I am deeply envious. I always did think that the houses on the film looked very desirable – so snug and beautiful. Why would anyone not want one???

    Kind regards……Jane

    • jim
      June 10, 2011 | 9:03 pm

      Dear Jane: Thanks so much for writing and leaving such a nice comment! I agree. The look of a Hobbit House is appealing and I hope if I build one someone like you who appreciates this kind of architecture buys it! Thanks again.


  45. Patty Smithson
    June 8, 2011 | 10:52 am

    We lov your Hobbit home Very Unique! Would Love to see pictures of the inside…….ENJOY!!!

    • jim
      June 16, 2011 | 8:51 pm

      Dear Patty: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked the shed.If you go to the title bar and click on construction photos you will see a couple of pictures of the inside of the Hobbit Shed. I built the shed to put my lawn tractor and tools in.I think alot of people were expecting to be able to live inside the shed, but that is not what I originally intended the shed for. I’m working on plans for a real Hobbit House and hope to build one someday. Thanks for writing!

  46. Jared Wasdin
    June 3, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    Absolutely love it, as a big Tolkien and architecture fan I have also always been fascinated by the Hobbit Hole styled home (or shed). I am impressed and think this may be the most unique shed I’ve ever seen! Well done!

    From Fort Worth, Tx.

    • jim
      June 3, 2011 | 9:08 pm

      Dear Jared: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I’m glad you like the architecture. I’m facinated by this structure type (the curved ceiling etc.) and am trying to come up with an economical way to produce it for single family homes. Thanks for the encouraging words.


  47. Brad
    June 2, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    this website might give you some ideas for your upcoming projects. didn’t know if you have seen it or not.

    • jim
      June 3, 2011 | 9:18 pm

      Dear Brad: Thanks for the website! I have seen it but it’s nice to have here so other people can link to it. It’s nice to see other people creating their own versions of Tolkien’s work.

      Thanks again!

  48. Brad
    June 2, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    An entire Shire would be AWESOME!! I would sooooo buy one! Great job on your shed, dude! Looks fantastic!! from SC

    • jim
      June 2, 2011 | 8:01 pm

      Dear Brad: I’m glad you liked the shed. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment they always lift my spirits!


  49. Kevin Wilbeck
    June 1, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    This is an awesome and very creative structure, even if you weren’t a LOR fan. And what a huge number of complimentary comments! I like your low energy loss view as well. I have been converting farm outbuildings into little cabins for our farm place campground but would love to convert our corn crib into a zero lost energy house/workshop someday. Also have a little “bump” in our pasture that would be perfect for a Hobbit House. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • jim
      June 1, 2011 | 8:58 pm

      Dear Kevin: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I continue to be amazed at how many people have viewed the Hobbit Shed website. Where did you hear about it? As you said I think if people could see what can be done with an earth sheltered home they might become interested in one.(Even if they don’t know who Bilbo Baggins is.) I’m glad you liked the structure and I hope Camp Coyote begins excavation for its first Hobbit House soon. Good luck with it and thanks for writing.


  50. John Adamo
    May 30, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    awesome shed! very creative. is there a stash spot big enough to hold a ring?

    • jim
      May 30, 2011 | 7:56 pm

      Dear John: Thanks for the comment! I hope all is well with your family. Tell everyone I said hi! Uncle John stopped by with Mary this weekend to take a look at the shed. We had a nice chat about Hobbit Houses and the like….. The eye of Sauron sees all.His gaze can pierce wood, stone, earth and flesh.Surely you do not think he can find the ring in a simple Hobbit shed? But yes John there is a place that I alone know that is the hiding place of the one ring!

      Best wishes and beware …the enemy has many spies under his service!


  51. Jenny
    May 28, 2011 | 8:33 pm

    SO glad to see someone actually building a Hobbit Hole!!! (I wonder why there are so few!) But congratulations to you and I really hope your dream of building an actual house come true! You are inspirational! Keep up the good work! You should know I saw your work on’s “Hobbit in 5” all the way here in Argentina!!

    • jim
      May 30, 2011 | 7:45 pm

      Dear Jenny: Thanks for such a wonderful comment! I’m glad you liked the shed .Thanks for letting me know where you found out about the shed.I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Hobbit in 5. Thanks for wishing my dreams to come true also.

      Best wishes,

  52. Heather
    May 28, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    We gotta get a bunch of like minded people together and build The Shire! Coolest Neighborhood ever.
    19, from Alaska

    • jim
      May 28, 2011 | 7:18 pm

      Dear Heather: Thanks for the wonderful comment and the enthusiasm! I’m currently working on drawings for a real Hobbit House that I hope to build someday.We are thinking that it would be nice to make it a vacation rental so people could come and see what real Hobbit living is all about! If we build this Hobbit House we will probably notify people through this website and maybe even on a you tube video. My wife thinks a weekly blog about the construction would also help people stay informed. This would be the first step to actually doing a Shire like development. Stop back here in September and maybe I will have some more definite plans that I will post on a new page!

      Thanks for the encouraging words!


  53. Jacob
    May 28, 2011 | 10:06 am

    Freaking awesome!

    • jim
      May 28, 2011 | 7:05 pm

      Dear Jacob: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m having a bit of trouble coming up with any additional reply. Needless to say I appreciate your taking the time to write. All comments are welcome! Thanks again.


  54. Patryk
    May 28, 2011 | 9:10 am

    WOW! It is fantastic! I’m realy impressed. Congratulations:)

    • jim
      May 28, 2011 | 7:00 pm

      Dear Patryk: Thanks for leaving a comment. It’s always nice to hear from people from other countries who appreciate the shed! Thanks.


  55. Lennert
    May 26, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Hello there Jim,
    I’m just a 16 year old kid who loves the stories of J.R.R Tolkien.
    But everytime i watch the movies from Peter Jackson adaption, i really love the way hobbiton is build and how fun it looks to live there, for my studies at school, i need to draw landscapes once and a while, and my inspiration is most of the time “hobbiton”. Now this shed you build here looks really fun and amazing to hang out or even live in, you really did a great job ^^ greetings Lennert from Belgium, Europe (:

    • jim
      May 26, 2011 | 8:58 pm

      Dear Lennert: I am so glad you liked the shed! I too enjoyed the Peter Jackson movies and told myself I have to build a Hobbit House! I spent many hours drawing pictures and sketching the way I thought it should look and how I would construct it. It’s very nice to hear from you! Your wonderful comments give me inspiration to create a real Hobbit House that people can live in! Best of luck in the future and thanks again for writing!


  56. Jane Rounce
    May 24, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    PS. I live in the UK.

  57. Jane Rounce
    May 24, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    I love your Hobbit hole shed, you’ve done a great job! Wish we had one in our garden… 🙂

    • jim
      May 24, 2011 | 8:11 pm

      Dear Jane: Thanks for leaving a comment! I don’t know where you found out about my shed but I am in a shed competion in your country. The website is called and there are about 1500 sheds to look at. I’m under the unique shed category. It really is amazing how many different ideas there are out there. I’m glad you liked the website!


  58. Sunnyjim
    May 24, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    Nice work! It’s always great to see people actually *doing* the stuff I’m always just *thinking* about.

    I’ve got a hobbit house in my “someday” files – I gave a lot of thought to concrete, but now I’m leaning toward strawbale walls with a recipricating living roof – you still get a lot of insulative benefits, and here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t have the super-cold winters or super-hot summers.

    • jim
      May 24, 2011 | 8:06 pm

      Dear Summyjim: Thanks for leaving a comment! It’s always nice to hear about other people’s projects. I don’t know too much about the type of construction you mentioned but if you had a website with some info on it I would like to see it! Best of luck with your project and in the future!


  59. Don Saito
    May 24, 2011 | 5:42 am

    Nice job! I’m planning to build a hobbit home, myself, using non-mortered, surface-bonded concrete block construction.

    Did you know your project and website was given a mention at TheOneRing.Net’s “Hobbit in 5” Episode 18? How cool is that??

    • jim
      May 24, 2011 | 8:01 pm

      Dear Don: Thanks so much for leaving a comment and letting me know about the plug I got on! I would have never known. I don’t have much time for the computer. Anyway I’m glad you liked the site and I’d like to wish you the best of luck with your own Hobbit House!I did not get a chance to look at your website but that must have been quite a journey!Thanks again!


  60. Edgar Sardón
    May 23, 2011 | 10:41 pm

    Just brilliant! I’m really stunned by your work. My sincere congratulations Jim.

    Greetings from Lima, Perú.

    PD: I’d love to see some pictures of the interior of your Hobbit Shed.

    • jim
      May 24, 2011 | 7:52 pm

      Dear Edgar: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked the shed. If you go to the construction pictures section towards the end there are two photos of the interior. I guess I’ll have to put more photos in on the next one I build!


  61. Elise
    May 22, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    Dear Jim,
    I’ve been a fan since the sixth grade, and it has been my ambition since then to live in a hobbit hole. This is so incredible and inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us. 🙂

    Los Angeles

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 9:28 pm

      Thanks for your comment Elise! It’s so nice to hear such positive feedback from people! It would be cool to live in a hobbit house, wouldn’t it?

  62. Tony Power
    May 22, 2011 | 4:35 pm

    Great work,it looks amazing! I would love to build something like that some day,although planning could prove difficult here in Ireland!

    Well done and enjoy the fruits of your efforts!

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:30 pm

      Dear Tony: Thanks for leaving a comment from the Emerald Isle!My father’s side is all Irish and I’ve worked with quite afew Irishmen. I’m working on plans for a real Hobbit House.If I get a chance to build one my wife says I should write a blog about the construction. I’m really going to try and make that happen. Thanks for the encouragement!


  63. Dorene Grover
    May 22, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    WOW!! I love it!! I wished I lived in a Hobbit House, but here in Long Beach, Ca. it isn’t possible. You shed is amazing and an inspiration for all Middle Earth dreamers. I am glad that you were able to accomplish it. Thanks for sharing with all of us!


    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:23 pm

      Dear Dorene: Thanks for the nice comment! I knew that Middle Earth fans would get a kick out of it but it is really great when people who have no idea what a Hobbit is like it. I’m hoping the Hobbit House I’m working on is not a dream. Thanks for sharing your thoughts they give me inspiration.


  64. Niels
    May 22, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    Amazing! It’s very interesting that it might be economically and enviromentally good way of life. I’m sure it’s a spiritually good way of life 😉 Too bad it’s just a shed, this should be a home!

    Greetings from Denmark

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:15 pm

      Dear Niels: Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I really believe if I can get the opportunity to build one I can prove without a shadow of a doubt that this is a feasible and unique way to live! I also believe that after building this type of structure that it will also be one of the most energy efficient homes in the world. The energy saving costs to people in hot and cold climates will be significant!Thanks again for your interest!


  65. Karin
    May 22, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Wow! That so unique and well made. Truly beautiful.


    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:03 pm

      Dear Karen: Thanks for the comment! It is rally nice to hear from so many people from arond the world! I really never expected such a response! Thanks again for your kind words.


    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:07 pm

      Dear Karin: Thanks for the comment! It’s so nice to hear from so many people from around the world! I never really expected such a warm response from so many. Thanks!


  66. Jane
    May 22, 2011 | 11:10 am

    thats great! what is inside? can u live there?
    from russia)

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 4:59 pm

      Dear Jane: Thanks for visiting the site and leaving a comment! Inside the Hobbit shed are all my outdoor tools,my lawn tractor and odds and ends for construction. I am working on some plans for a Real Hobbit House that I would like to build. As to your question about living in it…I’m sorry to say no. I guess I’m going to have to build another one to live in…I just have to get my wife’s approval!


  67. Gayle
    May 22, 2011 | 9:31 am

    What a wonderful shed! I’m surprised your young “hobbits” haven’t asked to take it over as a playhouse. I would love to see more information about Hobbit homes, because I think they would be wonderful to live in. Thanks for sharing your fabulous project. (I’m from the northwest United States, in Oregon.)

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 10:07 am

      Dear Gayle: Thanks so much for leaving a comment!I’m currently working on drawings to build an actual Hobbit House. This Hobbit House that we are thinking of building would be a vaction rental.All free folk of Middle Earth will be able to spend the nite. We are about 1.5 hours from NYC by train so if someone plans to visit the big city they might be able to spend a nite in a real Hobbit House and see the way little folk live!Thanks again!


  68. K W
    May 21, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    I have oft thought I would want a Hobbit shed, and here you’ve done it. And a fine job too!
    K.W. from Michigan

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 9:16 pm

      Dear KW: Thanks for leaving a comment! Yes, this is all I originally thought of but it seems I have hit a vein that I must think of mining! The architecture and the idea of a Hobbit Home is to great an opportunity to pass up. And if not me who?


  69. Thomas Proudfoot
    May 21, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    What a wonderful way to realize the dream of actually living in Middle Earth! My foot hair curled when I saw the video on Thanks for sharing you adventure with the rest of us Children of Men.

    May a star shine on the hour of our meeting!

    Thomas Proudfoot

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 9:11 pm

      Dear Mr. Proudfoot: Thanks for the wonderful comment! Hopefully within the next year or so I will be constructing a real Hobbit House as in the section from shed to house. This Hobbit House will be open to the public for weekend getaways or weeklong retreats! Hopefully I can make this happen before the opening of “The Hobbit”.The Hobbit House will be 1.5 hours from NYC by train. So if your a traveler you might want to spend a nite in a real Hobbit House.


  70. Laura
    May 21, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    Wow, what an original idea! I really like it!

    Laura Andrews
    18 year old LotR Fan in Iowa

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 9:01 pm

      Dear Laura: Thanks for the comment!I wish it was original but Peter Jackson’s Bag End is what started this whole thing. I’m glad you like it!


  71. Kay
    May 21, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    Jim, the quality of your construction is amazing! Great job on the aesthetics too! I love the colors you chose for the exterior! My dream is to build an interpretation of Elrond’s house. For the columns and posts, would cement be a good alternative if I wanted the building to last, or would it be overkill?

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:56 pm

      Dear Kay: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the website. As far as what the best material is for columns in your project there are many options.Without seeing what your plans are I would say stay away from concrete.Concrete probably is overkill but concrete is a very difficult material to work with (Especially if you are trying to do vertical work). There are many good lumber options available out there. If the plans call for perfecty round columns then you could get sonotubes from a heavy construction contractor. The ones at Home Depot are for footings only and will blow out once you fill them if they are not supported on all sides. I hope I have helped you. I’m sorry if this has made things more confusing. Best of luck with your project!


  72. Jeannette
    May 21, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    I think that is really cool, my grandson would love it.

    from prince george va

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 8:57 pm

      Dearest Jeannette: Thanks for commenting! I’m sure your grandson would like it.
      Take care!


  73. Andy Schulte
    May 21, 2011 | 9:24 am

    i keep telling my wife im going to turn my basement bedroom into Bag End. She probably wont like me showing her your site. But you do give me insperation for one day.. maybe.. godfrey, Illinois

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 6:09 am

      Dear Andy: Thanks for a comment and for your interest! One of the reasons I did this was to show people what a real life Hobbit House would look like.This is not a hollywood movie set. People who are not into the movies might think this idea is silly. Most people don’t have the vision to picture what a Hobbit House would be like. This is what the site is about. I hope she likes it!


  74. Christer
    May 21, 2011 | 4:46 am

    Brilliant! If you make one in Norway you would have the scenery too. Mountains, rivers.
    Could your next project be the Orthanc tower?
    Regards from Sweden.

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 6:38 am

      Dear Chritopher: I have thought about building a tower like Orthanc! That is what I do for a living.The company I work for just finished a 60 story tower on west 42nd street (I think they call it MiMa). To me something like that is just one man’s dream… and he has to be really really rich.

      I’ glad you enjoyed the site!

  75. shane
    May 21, 2011 | 1:41 am

    Absolutely brilliant-LOVE IT.

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 4:23 pm

      Thanks Shane. I’m glad you liked it.It has been a pleasure knowing people are enjoying it.


  76. Marilu
    May 20, 2011 | 11:35 pm

    This is amazing! Love your hobbit home, Jim! You did an outstanding job!

    • Marilu
      May 20, 2011 | 11:38 pm

      By the way, greetings from California!

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 4:20 pm

      Dear Marilu: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!
      They are all deeply appreciated and welcome.Thanks again.


  77. Dawn
    May 20, 2011 | 11:25 pm

    Hello Jim!

    I was born in upstate NY, but am presently in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. I would love one of these on the property!

    In the small chance you haven’t seen these, I offer these links:

    The Hobbit House Library:

    and simondale:

    You’ve probably seen them, but I’m sure not all of your readers have. Again, wonderful craftsmanship!


    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 4:17 pm

      Dear Dawn: Thanks for leaving a comment! Thanks also for leaving those two links. Yes I have seen them both. I’ve been a subscriber of Finehomebuilding since the early 90’s. I’m not so computer savy so stuff like that on this page is always welcome! Thanks.


  78. echo sackett
    May 20, 2011 | 10:46 pm

    Hello from Mtn. Home, Arkansas ! As a huge fan of LOTR,(both books and movies) I cant help but admire your work of art. And to produce such a,…workable thing of beauty…kudos to you!!!

  79. echo sackett
    May 20, 2011 | 10:43 pm

    Truly Amazing work. As an avid fan of the books and movies, I love anything that smacks of hobbit’s, elve’s, ect… and when it combines with a working piece of lore, I am truly impressed! I live in Mtn. Home Arkansas and am probably the biggest LOTR geek here…;)…

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 4:10 pm

      Dear Echo: Thanks for leaving such a nice comment! Hopefully in the near future I will be doing more Hobbit House structures for people like yourself to view.


  80. Mariel
    May 20, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    Realy cool shed i must say! Would love to live in a hobbit house, it seem’s so cosy! 🙂
    Greetings from north of Norway 🙂

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 4:07 pm

      Thanks for leaving a comment Mariel! I’m glad you liked it and yes it was quite cozy in there before I put all my stuff in it.


  81. Vendea
    May 20, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    It is beautifull! I love hobbits, I love Mr.Tolkien books, and I love this shed. Maybe in future I will be an architect? 😉 Greetings from Poland.

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 4:04 pm

      Dear Vendea: If my Hobbit Shed inspires you to become an architect then all the hard work I put into this shed was worth it. I’m so glad you liked it.By the way my grandparents on my mother’s side were both from Poland! They would have been happy to hear from their old home. Good luck in the future!


  82. Cathy (Kentucky)
    May 20, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    So neat! You did a great job on your very own little hobbit hole. Interesting ideas about a real house as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 3:54 pm

      Thanks for the comments Cathy! I’m happy you read about the other stuff.I hope to be building a real Hobbit House someday!


  83. Terrie from Riverside, Ca.
    May 20, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    Wonderful! You did a beautiful job and it is the most charming shed I’ve ever seen 🙂

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 3:52 pm

      Dear Terrie: Thanks for leaving a comment and I’m glad you enjoyed viewing the shed!


  84. Zac
    May 20, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    Oh my… I have dreamed of doing this for years, and thought that the world was empty without a legit Hobbit house. Now I know the earth is saved and Middle Earth could TRULY exist! Some day… But for now, I must take my hat off to you, sir.

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 7:28 am

      Dear Zac: Thanks for leaving a comment!I’m glad you liked it.Middle earth would be be nice if it existed… maybe we could leave out the Orcs.(although some of the people i’ve met is the course of my life are just as horrible)Anybody have a good Noldorian sword so I could lop off a couple of heads! Just kidding!

      Have a nice weekend and enjoy the upcoming movie!

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 3:49 pm

      Dear Zac: Thanks for the nice comments! Middle earth is a nice place to visit.Hmmm…It might be a bit better if it was minus the Orcs though.Have a great day!


  85. Buck
    May 20, 2011 | 2:39 pm


    Color me green with envy! I’m from Indiana (well, Michigan, currently living in IN) and I’ve wanted to live in a Hobbit hole since I was 12 and first read the books.

    Your skill (and budget) are way out of my league, but I’m hoping to buy about 10 wooded acres soon and am thinking of doing a mini Anglo-Saxon hall (think Meduseld on a really, really small scale- maybe ten feet by twenty). Basically, I want to do something perhaps two feet subterranean, with sitting/sleeping benches, and a central fire pit. The lower portion would be stone (or concrete with stone facade) and and the upper portion would be log. There would be a central fire pit with a smoke hole on top.

    I’d love your thoughts on feasibility and/or costs.


    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 7:16 am

      Dear Buck: Thanks for leaving a comment! My cost for this hobbit shed was in the eight thousand dollar range. There is a website called where people post their sheds.They have a yearly shed competion that is going on right now. I saw a shed on that site that sounds a bit like what you want to do. There are over 1500 sheds on this site and I think it might have been under the unique category.Good luck with your plans! I hope you create what you want


      • Buck
        May 21, 2011 | 12:17 pm

        Thanks for the site. I’ll check it out.

  86. Shannon
    May 20, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Afternoon Jim,
    After taking a look through your photos, I have to say that you are amazing for taking on such a huge task … and for creating such a wonderful real-life fantasy. I’m from Canada, and I have always wanted to live in my own hobbit hole, even if it would be covered with snow 8 months out of the year! Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 7:08 am

      Dear Shannon: Thanks for leaving a comment!After the movies and all I went on the web and saw some peoples ideas about how to build a Hobbit House. That is another of the many reasons I had to build this shed.I knew my idea would work. I;m glad you enjoyed it!


  87. Shannon
    May 20, 2011 | 11:59 am

    Afternoon Jim,
    After looking through your photos, I have to say that you are amazing for taking on such a huge task…and for creating such a wonderful real-life fantasy. I’m from Canada and have always wanted a ‘hobbit home’, even if it would be covered with snow 8 months out of the year!

  88. Irene
    May 20, 2011 | 11:14 am

    I am amazed at the talent and commitment it took to build such a beautiful shed. I always knew you had some very special gifts and creativity is obviously one of them. I’m very proud of your accomplishment. Congratulations for a job very well done.

    Aunt Irene

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 6:00 am

      Irene: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m so glad you did. We are going to have a Hobbit Shed party so people who are interested can just stop by one day and check it out. I hope all is well at home and with Jenny, Mike and their family! I love you and thank you for saying such nice things.

      Love always,

  89. Kit Plunkett
    May 20, 2011 | 8:33 am

    Hi Jim! I’m from Boston and I, too, have dreamed of living in a Hobbit House for many years (and especially after seeing the Bag End in the films). I have to say you’ve done a fabulous job on your shed! I particularly enjoyed looking at the pictures of the building process … although I wouldn’t want that kind of construction in my backyard; God bless your wife. I do have a question: How did you seal the back of the shed against water seeping in during heavy rains? We have somewhat similiar weather and are subject to weeks of rain with resulting flooding from waterlogged soil.
    Thanks for sharing your shed. Excellent job (and great website)! Enjoy it.
    Kit Plunkett

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 7:02 am

      Dear Kit: Thanks for leaving a comment and question! I have three acres of property and my shed is in the unuseable portion of it behind my pool. So my wife didn’t really know what I was doing back there until she came out back like the second weekend I was digging. When she saw the hole in the ground she was like “What is going on!”.That is one of the reasons I created this website because a Hobbit House (or any other type of major structure0 does not fall out of the sky completed. That is one of my fondest memories of building the shed, the first time my wife came out to see it. As to your question the product I used over the waterproofing is called Mira Drain and is from Grace construction products. It creates an air space between the waterproofing and the dirt on top of it so water can travel to the footing drain.I should have included a picture of the top of the shed from behind. There is no trench or catch basin for rain water to collect.All the rain simply runs off the shed just like a hill anywhere in the world! It’s so maintenance free!If you walked behind my pool in the summer you would not even know there is a shed there.The grass and weeds are about three feet high. When I show people they are like “Where is it?” I’m kind of rambling here but I hope I’ve answered your question.(Did you see the photo of the dirt collapsed arond the shed? That was from a Nor Easter. It set me back about a year)


  90. Lisa
    May 20, 2011 | 8:15 am

    Hi Jim,
    your hobbotshed is simply amazing! I also have one… my dreams!!!
    I wish you and your family all the best 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Cologne, Germany-

    • Lisa
      May 20, 2011 | 8:17 am

      …hobbitshed, hobbitshed, hobbitshed…. and NOT hobbotshed….sounds a hobbit-robot…never mind 😀

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 6:25 am

      Dear Lisa: Thanks for leaving a comment! It’s nice to dream and I think that is why the Fellowship movie was sosuccessful. I think many people view the Shire as a place they would like to visit . That is one of the many reasons I was compelled to build this structure.


  91. mary cox
    May 20, 2011 | 6:58 am

    I loves it!! i wants it!! it is precious!!
    blue mountains

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 6:17 am

      Dear Mary: Thanks for leaving a comment! It is precious to me too!Thank god it isn’t a ring. You might have to cut off my finger to get it.Hope you enjoy the upcoming movie as well!I’m glad you liked it.


  92. Todd
    May 20, 2011 | 12:15 am

    So after that, could you build an entire house in the same hobbit fashion? On any account, I love the shed. I’d want to turn it into a bedroom!

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 6:13 am

      Dear Todd: Thanks for leaving acomment! Yes, that is the idea, to buuild a real functioning Hobbit House. I’m working on those plans as we speak.I hope to post the plans on this web site within the next few months, I think by the end of august is realistic. Thanks for the interest. There’s not much more work to be done to this partiular Hobbit shed to make it into a liveable space!

      Thanks again!

  93. Tom
    May 19, 2011 | 11:43 pm

    What a great job! I’ve done some building, and realize the work that it took you to complete the project. Looks great, enjoy.

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:53 am

      Dear Tom: Thanks for the comment! It is always nice to hear someone respond who really understands how much work went into this project.Thanks for stopping by!


  94. Karina
    May 19, 2011 | 11:34 pm

    Very cool! I think the lawn mower would quickly get kicked out and it would become my own hideaway. Thanks for sharing!

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 10:24 pm

      Karina: Thanks for the comment! The way my lawn tractor has been workind so far this year it might get kicked out anyway! I’m glad you liked it!


  95. Jeff Raum
    May 19, 2011 | 5:19 pm

    Great job! I wish I had the ability to build, but if you ever need an artist to paint the details that can’t be built….
    Good luck to you.
    Los Angeles

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 10:21 pm

      Dear Jeff: Thanks for leaving a comment! I should have put some of my original sketches into the site. One of my first sketches had all sorts of decorative paintings on the trimwork around the door and windows. By the time I finished the shed I didn’t have the energy to do really detailed work like that. But this is the kind of building that lends itself to an artistic flair.I’m glad you enjoyed looking at the website.

      Best wishes,

  96. Michelle
    May 19, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    Gorgeous little hobbit place. I’ve always dreamed of having a hideaway like this. Failing that, I’d like to talk my parents (in Central Texas) into creating a shed like this on their land. They would have to add some solar panels for electricity. And ensure snakes/bugs can’t get in.

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 10:10 pm

      Dear Michelle:Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked it.It is a nice hideaway.I hope you are able to make one.Good luck with it.( I wish I could write better)


  97. Judy
    May 19, 2011 | 4:37 pm

    Very nice job! My husband and I do plan on building an ‘in-ground’ hobbit house in southern NH hopefully in a few years. We already have the land, still working on the floor plan (for a 4 bdr house – really a 2 bedroom with 2 big workrooms!) and the funds. Now you make me think we should plan a hobbit shed as well!

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 10:05 pm

      Dear Judy: Thanks for leaving a comment! Best of luck with your Hobbit House! I hope I have given you some ideas.


  98. Matt Shaw
    May 19, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    Very cool. I am jealous.
    Winston-Salem NC

    • jim
      May 21, 2011 | 6:05 am

      Thanks for leaving a comment Matt! Have a nice weekend!


  99. Chris Fenoglio
    May 19, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    Great shed, always wanted my own Hobbit writing room. Perhaps these are the plans and motivation I need!

    Chris Fenoglio
    Nashville, TN

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 10:01 pm

      Dear Chris: I’m glad you liked it and I hope this does inspire you!
      Thanks for the comment and good luck with your own Hobbit House!


  100. FesterNscab
    May 19, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Nice work!

    Mr Scab
    Ventura, CA

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:58 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Fester!

      Best wishes,

  101. Hilly Greenfield
    May 19, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    It looks really great! Hope to build something like that someday! I want my own Bag End =)

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:56 pm

      Dear Hilly: I’m glad you liked it! Maybe this little Hobbit Shed will give you some good ideas for the one you want to build.

      Thanks for the comment!

  102. AnneMarie Dickey
    May 19, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    Absolutely fantastic! 🙂

    Playful and still practical…where do I get one?


    Greensboro, NC

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:53 pm

      Dear AnneMarie: Thanks for the comment! I wish there was a place where you could get one. Maybe someday there will be!


  103. Marla
    May 19, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    Amazing! Beautiful work. I live with my family in Woodstock, NY. Probably nearby you guys..and I went to Bryn Mawr College…not too far from Villanova! Too funny.



    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:50 pm

      Dear Marla: Thanks for leaving a comment. My sister went to Bryn Mawr College.The Hudson Valley is a beautiful place to live.

      Thanks again!

  104. Zoltán
    May 19, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Amazing, simple amazing…you are truly talented! 🙂

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:45 pm

      Thanks for the comment Zoltan! I appreciate it.


  105. Circa Vermont
    May 19, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Amazing achievement! Toronto, Canada

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:49 am

      Dear Circa: Thanks for checking out the site and leaving a comment!


  106. johobbit (Jo-Anna)
    May 19, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Wow! This is so inviting and cozy-looking, yet spacious. Excellent job! You must be pleased, and I think Bilbo sure would be. 🙂 Kudos to you for all your hard planning and work and for your family’s support. (Do your kids ever sleep in it for a fun adventure?) I would love to live in a hobbit house, since I am in fact a hobbit in all but size. 😉

    Enjoy for years to come! And may the blessing of Elves, Men, and all Free Folk go with you.

    johobbit/Jo-Anna from Ontario, Canada (where we have many hills, vales, and trees, so a structure like this would fit well here)

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:43 pm

      Dear Jo-Anna: Thanks for the nice comments! It’s nice to hear from so many people, like yourself, who enjoy looking and thinking about Hobbit Homes.

      Best wishes,

  107. Matt-Layton, UT
    May 19, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    This is awesome! Keep me posted when you get plans/costs finalized! Best!

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:38 pm

      Dear Matt: Thanks for commenting! When I finalize my plans and costs it will be added to the site. Hopefully by the end of July I should have that info on the site.

      Take care!

  108. maarten
    May 19, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    amazing work.if I ever win a lot of money i will let you build my hobbit house :).
    no really it looks amazing.

    greetz from belgium

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:34 pm

      Maarten: Thanks for the comment and I await your call to begin the design process!


  109. Anne Marie
    May 19, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    I would love to live in a hobbit house! Go for it! Why just do a shed? Love it!

    Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie 🙂

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:31 pm

      Dear Anne Marie: Thanks for leaving a comment! It’s nice to hear encouraging words from you. I am going to build a real liveable Hobbit House someday.

      Thanks for the support!

  110. Emre
    May 19, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    This is such a great idea and great work! Everybody will want one
    wish you a happy and hobbit-like life in there:)



    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 9:28 pm

      Emre: Thanks for leaving a comment: I hope everybody will want one. Then I can quit my day job!

      Best wishes,

  111. Caroline
    May 19, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    That’s amazing! What an ambitious project. Am seriously jealous…..

    High Wycombe

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:48 pm

      Dear Caroline: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked it!


  112. Steve
    May 19, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    Wow, Jim, I’m so impressed and inspired. I dream to build a small cottage some day that is designed to be a hobbit hole in the side of a hill for all the green reasons you talk about. Great job! I think it’s beautiful.

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:43 pm

      Steve: Thanks for the comment! I hope this website can give yourself and others some sense of what building a real structure is all about. Hopefully it will also give you an idea of what a real Hobbit House might actually look like!

      Best of luck in the future!

  113. Aj
    May 19, 2011 | 11:32 am

    Hey Jim,
    A friend sent me the site. I do amateur home renovations and house flipping up in Ontario, Canada. At first glance I was thinking “totally do-able”… after having seen the photos and your process, consider me extremely impressed. I always like seeing people use their impressive experience and skills on projects that are atypical and grand in thought. Congrats, keep it up!

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:38 pm

      Dear Aj: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you appreciate the work that went into this project. There were some really good construction photos I took on how I built certain things that I misplaced and could not include here. Most people don’t really understand what goes on during the construction process and that is why I set this site up the way I did. Thanks again!


  114. Karen
    May 19, 2011 | 11:21 am

    Wow! That’s great!

    And, I’m in Minnesota these days, but was originally from the east coast.

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:30 pm

      Dear Karen: Thanks for leaving a commet! I’m glad you liked it.


  115. Peter
    May 19, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Fantastic work, beautiful. Honestly though it pains me that it’s a shed and not lived in!

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:29 pm

      Dear Peter: Thanks for the comment. I never really thought about building something that could actually be lived in when I started this project. It was only after I had nearly completed it that I realized how cool it would be to live in a real Hobbit House. I’m working on drawings to build a two bedroom Hobbit house that people could come and stay in.

      Thanks for your interest and support.


  116. Lauri Loebel Carpenter
    May 19, 2011 | 9:27 am

    Wow! Great design, great job. I’m envious of your hobbit hole. Wish I could do the same.

    When are you going to build a Rivendell vacation home? 😉

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:22 pm

      Thanks for the comment Lauri! Actually my wife and I are thinking of building a Hobbit House nearby that people could stay overnite at when they visit New York City. The train is only 1.5 hours to the city. So maybe in a year or so you will be able to check it out!


  117. Chris O.
    May 19, 2011 | 8:41 am

    This is GREAT! I’ve always wanted to do something like this. Good work, from Louisville, Ky. (yes, I went to the derby. Lost 40 bucks!)

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:46 am

      Dear Chris: Thanks for the comment! I lost $60 at the derby! That damn Mucho Macho Man.

      Take it easy,

  118. Felippe TM - Brazil
    May 19, 2011 | 8:34 am

    That’s awesome!
    Very cool.
    I think I will visit you someday, hehe.

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:14 pm

      Dear Felippe: I’m glad you like it! Take it easy!


  119. Cherie
    May 19, 2011 | 8:13 am

    WOW! We dont have hills in northeast Florida….but if we had one, I would have my husband start on a hobbit shed THIS WEEKEND! What a fantastic idea!

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:12 pm

      Dear Cherie: Thanks for the nice comment! I’m glad you liked my idea.

      Best wishes,

  120. Barb Powell
    May 19, 2011 | 7:48 am

    Just brilliant, Jim! I love your shed!

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:07 pm

      Thanks for commenting Barb! I’m glad you liked it.

      Best wishes,

  121. Peter
    May 19, 2011 | 6:33 am

    Hi Jim from Peter in Kent in the UK.

    Looks really good. Time and effort well spent. So much better than just a wooden shed at the bottom of the Garden and I bet you will have trouble keeping your kids out of it.

    In the UK the garden shed is normally where the man goes to escape from the wife and kids.

    We have our Master Bedroom decorated on a Rivendell theme so I know what a labour of love it must have been to complete in such detail.

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 8:05 pm

      Dear Peter: Thanks for leaving a comment! Here in the U.S. we call a place to get away from the family a “Man Cave”. Now I have to build another Hobbit Shed so I can get away from my family and my tools! Just kidding!

      Hope all is well across the pond! ( I always wanted to say that.)

      Best wishes,

  122. Fredrik Pousette Falk, Falun, Sweden
    May 19, 2011 | 5:49 am

    Fantastic work! What a great idea and what an amazing result =)

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 7:58 pm

      Dear Fredrik: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m glad you liked it.


  123. Caitlin Rooker
    May 19, 2011 | 4:36 am

    Hey! i saw this on and i think it is really really cool! if i’m ever rich and have a huge property with room to spare i will be building a hobbit hole/cottage 🙂 the final results look really fantastic!

    • Caitlin Rooker
      May 19, 2011 | 4:37 am

      oh, and i’m from Perth Australia 🙂

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 7:51 pm

      Dear Caitlin: Thanks for the nice comment! My sister’s friend has the same idea. A Hobbit guest house. Contact me when your ready to start. Hmm…
      that is kind of a long commute for me.

      Thanks again!

  124. Amy
    May 19, 2011 | 4:08 am

    Hi, I’m from Melbourne Australia, I think what you have done is Awesome! I love The Lord of the Rings and this is one of the coolest real life structures I’ve ever seen!
    Well done. 🙂

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 7:46 pm

      Amy: Thanks for the nice comment! I’m glad you liked it.

      Best wishes,

  125. Daniel
    May 19, 2011 | 3:34 am

    Great work!! Very Nice

    One question: is it warm inside?

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 7:44 pm

      Dear Daniel: Thanks for leaving a comment! If it is cold out and you open the doors and go in it is warmer.But this doesn’t last long because there is no insulation on the outside walls or in the door.If you close the doors behind you you do notice the temerature difference. In the summer it is definitely cooler. I don’t know if this answers your question. I hope it does.


  126. Eric
    May 19, 2011 | 3:26 am

    Very nice!
    Greetings from Sweden 🙂

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 7:36 pm

      Eric: Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you like it.


  127. Becks from NZ
    May 19, 2011 | 2:26 am

    This is exactly what we need in our backyard!

    Awesome! Looks absolutely fantastic. =)

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 7:34 pm

      Dear Becks: I’m glad you like it. I’m sure if you built one in New Zealand all those traveling Hobbits would want to stay there.

      Good luck!

  128. Anna
    May 19, 2011 | 2:12 am

    I’ts wonderful. I love my garden, and who knows if I will not be this crazy to build such one for my tools or for kids, or just summer/guest house.
    Thank you for inspiration
    Warsaw, Poland, EU

    • jim
      May 20, 2011 | 7:26 pm

      Dear Anna: Thanks for the nice comment you left! I hope you build one. My mother’s parents were from Poland and spoke it at home while they were here. I wish they could have seen this shed.

      Thank you and good luck!

  129. Ben
    May 19, 2011 | 1:39 am

    Hey, Jim!

    I’m just a college student from Oregon who happened to stumble upon this from the ‘torn’ site. Your shed is absolutely fantastic. My dream since seeing the films (and of course reading the books) has been to have some sort of hobbit structure someday. Thanks for the inspiration!


    • jim
      May 19, 2011 | 9:29 pm

      Dear Ben: I’m glad I’ve given you some inspiration. The next thing you have to do is come up with a good plan!

      Best of luck in the future!

  130. Dillon
    May 19, 2011 | 1:10 am

    Greetings from California!

    I think your interpretation of Bag End (even just hobbit holes in general) is incredible! It really is truly impressive. It looks fantastic, and all the time and effort you put into it are clearly visible. I’m glad you didn’t let your setbacks prevent you from completing this project, and I hope you’re able to enjoy it for many many years.

    • jim
      May 19, 2011 | 9:25 pm

      Dear Dillon: Thanks for leaving a comment! My joy is in the knowledge that people like yourself enjoy and appreciate it.


  131. Eowyn-Viktoria
    May 19, 2011 | 12:39 am

    This is truely amazing! It lookss absolutely fantastic and, when I first saw it I wondered why you would not live in there instead of keeping your tools in it. But then I discovered your link “from Hobbit Shed to Hobbit Home” and I can only encourage you with this very green idea!!!
    I once saw a documentary about a woman here in Germany who built a “hill house”. It was basically a Hobbit house with the foot plan of a honeycomb. She had a really green attitude and so she only used natural materials for her home which made the thing about half as expensive as a normal house. AND of course as you said it is a passivehouse.
    So, that is not only to be seen as the idea of one slightly crazy genius professor from Oxford, decades ago. I really think this is a wonderful attempt to go green and help our marvelous planet!
    Best wishef for the future 🙂

    • jim
      May 19, 2011 | 9:21 pm

      Dear Eowyn-Viktoria: Thanks for the wonderful comments about the shed! My sister is really into the greener aspects of this type of home. I should try to list these at some point. I believe that the green and the energy efficiencies of this type of home would be tremendous.
      Thanks again!

  132. Vince
    May 19, 2011 | 12:33 am

    Ok Jim, it is a great piece of work, congrats. You did a great job and Im sure you put alot of love and care into it. I am gonna play devils advocate tho, dont be too offended, it is the one and only piece of criticism. Ok ready, here it is: It woulda been sooooo much better with round windows! k thats it, only criticism. maybe as a follow up project u can modify it. …Best wishes..

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:40 am

      Dear Vince: Thanks for leaving a comment! Actually construtive criticism is always welcome. When I originally designed this Hobbit Shed I had a Marvin Window contractor guide. I found the windows I liked which were not round but were arched casement windows that you could crank open. They looked nice on paper and fit nicely into the design.So I used the rough opening dimensions from this book to form out the windows in the concrete. But I did not price them out.When I went to the supplier to order those windows the guy says you know these are pretty expensive.So I said OK how much. He said $6000. Anyway I used replacement windows here that cost around $1000. A really nice circular window ,just one, would easily cost 5000. So there is an element of practicality in picking what you want. All of the elements of the Hobbit architecture are fairly difficult to build and will not be simple to construct. Building cicular halls and rounded ceilings takes time.

      Thanks again for stopping by and I appreciate your interest!

  133. Trish
    May 18, 2011 | 11:40 pm

    from Vancouver Island, Canada.

    Pure Hobbity goodness. Would love to stumble upon this awesome abode while traipsing through my woods.

    • jim
      May 19, 2011 | 9:13 pm

      Trish: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! Stumbling upon a Hobbit house in the woods is always the way I imagined it!

      Thanks for sharing!

  134. Bob
    May 18, 2011 | 11:33 pm

    Very nice! Bravo. A beautiful piece of work. You must be very proud. Hobbit architecture is worth emulating, and you’ve done it so well.

    • jim
      May 19, 2011 | 9:08 pm

      Dear Bob: Thanks for the commet. I think if more people could see this kind of structure we would definitely be seeing more Hobbit architecture!


  135. Sue
    May 18, 2011 | 11:12 pm

    What a labour of love! It looks fantastic Jim, you should be very proud of your achievement.

    Christchurch, New Zealand

    • jim
      May 19, 2011 | 9:05 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Sue! I appreciate you leaving a comment.

      Thanks agin,

  136. Alexis
    May 18, 2011 | 10:28 pm

    Hello there! This is Alex from Chicago. I’m so inspired by this. I have so many ideas like this that never quite get put into action so I love looking at such impressive finished products like this. Awesome work!

    • jim
      May 19, 2011 | 9:02 pm

      Thanks for the nice words Alexis! I hope what I’ve created can help jump start your own creative process! One of the reasons I set up this website was to show people that there is really much more to building than the final outcome.There is quite abit of work involved

      Best wishes and good luck!

  137. Andy
    May 18, 2011 | 11:15 am

    I could live there, it’s awesome. I have my own ideas for an in-ground home but don’t know where to start.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


    • Andy
      May 18, 2011 | 11:17 am

      From Quincy, ILL

    • jim
      May 18, 2011 | 9:20 pm

      Andy: Thanks for the comments! Good luck with your idea. Hopefully someday I’ll write a “How to Build a Hobbit House” book and be able to get you going in the right direction!

      Thanks and good luck!

    • jim
      May 19, 2011 | 8:56 pm

      Dear Andy: Thanks for the comment!Try and sketch your idea on paper.That is the begining! Projects like this take a long time to develop. Don’t rush it.

      Good luck!

  138. Virginia
    May 18, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Absolutely delightful – I would love to move in and cozy up there. Thanks for sharing and thanks for living your dream. Life is good – if you pay attention to it!

    In Sunny SC

    • jim
      May 18, 2011 | 9:16 pm

      Virginia: Yes life is good and thanks for leaving a comment!

      Best wishes,

  139. Kate
    May 18, 2011 | 3:36 am

    This is absolutely fantastic. I just shared your site with my friends at the Shire Fellowship ( ) and I’m looking forward to their reactions.

    I would love to have a shed like yours… unfortunately, since my garden is hobbit-sized, I’d have nowhere to put it. I also would love to live in a hobbit house full time, but while my husband shares my love for Tolkien’s works to some extent, he doesn’t support that particular idea. 😉
    I suppose my ambitions will be reduced to something like this:

    Best wishes from Austria!


    • jim
      May 18, 2011 | 9:11 pm

      Dear Kate: Thanks for the kind comments. I too suffer the same fate as you.I would love to build the Hobbit House of my dreams but my wife has a two story colonial with a wrap around porch in mind. Hopefully someday I will enjoy building a Hobbit House for someone somewhere!

      Best wishes,

  140. susanna suchak
    May 17, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    Oh i just love your wonderful Hobbit House/Shed nestled in the earth and all. I live in Owen Sound, Ontario (on the shores of the Georgian Bay) and we have severe winters, but lots of hilly spaces and i’ll dream of your lovely structure as i heal from some surgery. Thanks for sharing. You’ve got my vote!

    • jim
      May 18, 2011 | 9:00 pm

      Dear Susanna; Thanks for the nice comments and the vote! I hope your recovery goes well! The comments from you and others has inspired me and hopefully I will have the courage and determination to create a real Hobbit House someday!

      Thanks and good luck with your recovery!

  141. Esteban
    May 17, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    I enjoyed viewing your unique shed. Very impressive. May happiness continue with you and your wonderful family.

    • jim
      May 17, 2011 | 9:33 pm

      Esteban: Thank you for leaving such kind words. I am glad you liked the site. Jim

  142. christine
    May 17, 2011 | 9:35 am

    congratulations! a truly visionary design, with beauty and practicality combined! I have always loved LOTR, wanted a hobbit house, and have always been into simple, practical, earth-friendly alternative design. I live in the mountains of North Carolina where much expensive newer construction gets washed into the ravine in mudslides. They just don’t learn. a compact, well-constructed hobbit house, securely bermed into the hillside, with minimal footprint, would be safer, cheaper, earth-friendly, and SO much lovelier than those ugly boxes that are going up everywhere. where is a good source to learn about how to build hobbit houses safely in a mountain region?

    • jim
      May 18, 2011 | 8:51 pm

      Christine: Thanks for leaving such a nice comment. I believe you’ve hit the nail on the head. I think a Hobbit house the way I’ve designed it can be a practical option for those who want this kind of a structure. I have a floor plan for a 1500 square foot Hobbit House that I’m going to try and develop into working plans. This may take a while. I don’t know where to find any lit. on building hobbit houses but if I build one that will be something I will consider.


  143. Bill Zaspel
    May 17, 2011 | 8:16 am


    Like you, I am a huge fan of LOR. Unlike you, my wife shares my passion. We have investigated this type of building option in the past but lack the skills and experience that you demonstrate here. I would recreated every stick and stone of Bag End if I had the funds and then live in peaceful bliss for the rest of my days. We have the land in a great location but it will take lottery winning luck to ever make something like this happen. I am thrilled to see you have done so much. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us. This is absolutely fantastic! Well done…

    Bill & Laura Zaspel
    Rebel Ranch
    Crab Orchard, KY

    • jim
      May 18, 2011 | 9:38 pm

      Dear Bill: Thanks for the kind words! I went to your website and I’m assuming that all that propery in the background is yours. It’s beautiful! The type of Hobbit House I’m begining to design is actually for a relatively flat piece of land. I’m hoping to put together a set of design drawings and a cost to build it.I’ll e-mail you when I do. (I want a Hobbit House and my wife wants a two story colonial with a wrap around porch. Here’s to winning the lotto!)

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Matt Houghkirk
      May 22, 2011 | 11:09 pm

      Bill, I love this comment. Half way into reading this, I had to stop to see if this was something I wrote. Word for word, I would do that too.

  144. Kandy
    May 15, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Simply wonderful. I am on Long Island in New York

    • jim
      May 15, 2011 | 3:53 pm

      Kandy: Thanks so much for leaving a comment. It’s so nice to get feedback from people.
      Thanks again. Jim

  145. Ella
    May 15, 2011 | 10:07 am

    Great work! It’s given me some new Ideas for my own Hobbit house that my father and I are building. Sadly, ours is only 2/3rds of the way done.
    Central Pennsylvania.

    • jim
      May 15, 2011 | 3:49 pm

      Dear Ella: I’m glad my work has given you and your father some ideas.Don’t despair. Sometimes the greatest things you will accomplish take the most time and are difficult to complete. There were times I looked at that hole in the ground and said what did I get myself into. I would love to see pictures of what you’ve done so far. Good Luck and thanks so much for leaving a comment.Jim

  146. Cindi
    May 15, 2011 | 9:04 am

    I absolutely adore your Hobbit shed!!! As a lover of all things Tolkien, I was just charmed by your work.
    Magnolia, Texas

    • jim
      May 15, 2011 | 3:41 pm

      Thanks for leaving a comment Cindi! Believe it or not it makes me glad that another person appreciates the work I did. It really makes it all worth while.Thanks,Jim

  147. joe bellavance
    May 15, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Saw the link to your website on Facebook! Awesome Hobbit Hole.

    Shelton Connecticut USA

  148. tony capalbo
    May 8, 2011 | 8:33 am

    WOW nice work Jim!!!…i want a tour!
    Maybe we should start buying some land upstate
    and build a bunch!

    • jim
      May 22, 2011 | 5:35 pm

      Tony: I’m glad you liked it! Maybe you could be in charge of marketing and sales when we go big time!

      Thanks for writing!

  149. jim
    May 7, 2011 | 7:40 pm

    Hi June. It was so nice of you to leave a comment. Thanks for spreading the word. I appreciate it! Hope all is well with you and your family!

  150. Cheryl
    May 7, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    P. S. Okay, let’s be honest. I don’t have any idea about the accuracy of your design of the hobbit shed. I don’t know what Bag’s End is, or what a Hobbit does, or why such a being would need a shed.

    But it’s really cool!

    🙂 Cher

    • jim
      May 7, 2011 | 7:45 pm

      Thanks for commenting but if you are going to leave any more comments please go read one of the books! (and you’re a librarian!! Jeesh.) 🙂

  151. Cheryl
    May 7, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    Hey Jim,

    This is awesome! The website looks great, and the Hobbit Shed is beautiful. Really beautiful!


  152. Eileen Costigan Adamo
    May 7, 2011 | 11:15 am

    Hi Jim, Your Hobbit House is beautiful. I am very impressed that you did it all by yourself. You should put it on YouTube. Hope all is well with you and your family. Love, Aunt Eileen

    • jim
      May 7, 2011 | 7:43 pm

      Thanks for the comments Aunt Eileen. It was nice of you to stop by the website! Hope all is well with everyone. We’re thinking of having a hobbit shed openhouse party…we’ll let you know. We’d love to see you!

  153. June (Barron) Smith
    May 7, 2011 | 10:54 am

    This is extraordinary Jim. I’m going to share it with some die hard fans that I know.

  154. jodi
    May 7, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Oops! That last comment was from me…we’ve got to figure out how to work this website! 🙂

  155. jim
    May 7, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, your hobbit shed looks great. But that picture of me? Ugh. I look fat and I was having a bad hair day. Can we go out back and take a new picture?
    You did it! Your shed looks stupendous (our tractor loves it!)and you did a wonderful job on this website!
    P.S. Did I really say you were crazy? I don’t think that was me. I think it was the neighbors who said that. (well, maybe me, too!)

  156. jim
    May 7, 2011 | 2:40 am

    Hi Mary: Thanks for leaving a comment. Jodi came up with the idea of having a Hobbit Shed party so maybe towards the end of June we’ll have a big get together.
    Love. Jim (Sorry for taking so long to reply)

  157. Uncle John
    May 5, 2011 | 11:24 pm

    I’m coming to see it,tell me when’s a good time.

    • jim
      May 6, 2011 | 7:08 pm

      Thanks for commenting John. Right now we are thinking of having a Hobbit
      Shed party so people can come and take a look on the same day. It will be the last weekend in June or the first weekend in July. I’m busy this Mother’s Day weekend at different times but if you give a call just let us know that you’ll be stopping by.Hope all is well.

  158. Andy Barron
    May 5, 2011 | 9:57 pm


    It’s spectacular! Nice work.


    • jim
      May 6, 2011 | 6:57 pm

      Thanks for checking out the hobbit shed,Andy. And thanks for leaving a comment.It’s nice to hear from you. I hope all is well with you and your family.

  159. David Christopher, NY
    May 5, 2011 | 9:46 pm

    It looks so amazing completed! Even more amazing is all the effort that went into it! Blood, sweat, tears, and back aches paid off! You should enter this in this contest: It’s UK though, don’t know the rules. Jim, this is very impressive, I’ve been searching other Hobbit Homes and this one is extravegant over any other I’ve seen. Perhaps Mary and I would be interested in a larger scale! I’m certainly interested in Passive Homes. Be well, thank you for sharing your Journey!

    • jim
      May 7, 2011 | 2:53 am

      Thanks for the comment Dave. Yes I have recently been on that shed website and am going to try to post my stuff on it somehow.Thanks for the comment.

  160. Mary
    May 5, 2011 | 9:43 pm

    Hi Jim! This website is great and the hobbit shed looks amazing! All of your hard work and perseverance has paid off. It’s awesome that you were able to take your vision and make it happen – I know you went through a lot. It’s very inspiring to me, and I congratulate you on your beautiful result! I’m so proud to have such a talented brother! Love, Mary

  161. Georgia
    May 5, 2011 | 8:05 pm

    Hi Dad!!!!

    I’m SO happy for you!!!!!! The site came out absolutely AMAZING! and of course, your shed did too!!! (but I already knew that!) Congratulations!!!!! =D I love you!

    • jim
      May 6, 2011 | 6:54 pm

      Georgia: Thanks for leaving a comment . I love and miss you. You’re on the final leg of your journey! I hope all is well. I can’t wait to see you next week.


  162. Wanda & Bibi
    May 5, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    Beautiful! Larry says: Nice!

    • jim
      May 5, 2011 | 8:51 pm

      Dear Wanda and Bibi: Thanks for leaving a comment. How many times has Bibi let the paper run out in the copy machine since I’ve left?

  163. Jenn (XCC)
    May 5, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Love the ‘shed’, it is beautiful. You have come a long way in using the internet’s capabilities 🙂


    • jim
      May 5, 2011 | 8:44 pm

      Jenn: Thanks for leaving a comment. I had absolutely nothing to do with this website. I’m actually still learning to type! The only reason I didn’t bug you at work again about the computer is because i wrote everything down. Thanks for the help. Enjoy your Mother’s Day.

      PS If you could send me Helena’s e-mail I’dorynxem juin like to show her this. Thanks Jenn.

  164. Kate F
    May 5, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    Looks great! Congrats and Good Luck with future projects!

    • jim
      May 5, 2011 | 8:37 pm

      Kate: Thanks for leaving a comment! I’d just like to thank you and Scott for all your input and suggestions about future hobbit house structures. They really were all very appreciated. I hope all is well with the family. Enjoy Mother’s Day.
      (You can tell I’m not much of a writer can’t you)

  165. Bill Farne
    May 5, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    This is really something. I am always happy to see creativity. I hope to see this in person soon.

    • jim
      May 7, 2011 | 8:48 am

      Thanks for the comment Bill. I’d love to give you a tour of the shed when you come up! I hope all is well with you and Diane. Thanks again.

  166. angela
    May 5, 2011 | 10:44 am

    this is just amazing! i am one who has wanted to live in a hobbit house since i was 9 yrs old 🙂 thank you for sharing these!

    • angela
      May 5, 2011 | 10:45 am

      whoops, i’m from Michigan.

      • jim
        May 5, 2011 | 8:30 pm

        Angela: Wouldn’t it be terrific to live in a place like Bag End? I’m glad you liked the shed. One of the things that I was trying to accomplish with this project was to prove to people that A Hobbit house can be a reality. Over the course of building this shed I realized what a fasinating structure this really is. There are many components of my hobbit shed that really do lend themselves to efficiencies in the construction of a home. I’m thinking of putting one of my designs into the site later on this year. I wanted to put a legitimate cost analyses together also. My dream is to build a real hobbit house for someone. Thanks. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  167. tony limbardo
    May 5, 2011 | 9:43 am

    we need to do a story on this project. it is really great. and your presentation is remarkable. great job. i hope you had fun.

    • jim
      May 5, 2011 | 9:31 pm

      Dear Tony: Thanks for the nice comments. I’m glad you liked the shed. I would love to share the Hobbit Shed with more people. I would love to hear more.

  168. Sarah Tomasello
    May 5, 2011 | 4:41 am

    This is amazing. A masterpiece in design and execution. I just can’t believe it. Congratulations!

    • jim
      May 5, 2011 | 6:54 pm

      Sarah: I’m glad you like it . If your up in this neck of the woods you are always more than welcome to stop by and say hi. Everyone would love to see you. Thanks for the comment. Love Jim

  169. Terry
    May 4, 2011 | 5:36 pm

    Congratulations! What an impressive piece of work. I would be interested in living in one of your homes. The eco-friendly aspect, the asthetics and the uniqueness are absolutely what I’d want in a home. Let’s talk!

    • jim
      May 4, 2011 | 7:54 pm

      Terry: Thanks for all the help and moral support. Love, Jim

      • jim
        June 7, 2011 | 4:02 am


    • Deb S
      May 21, 2011 | 12:41 am

      Love it. This is what they need to build in those parts of America prone to tornadoes!

      • jim
        May 22, 2011 | 5:17 am

        Dear Deb: Thanks for the comment! It would be interesting to see what would happen if a tornadoe went over it.Well lets not see what happens with this one anyway!

        Thanks for stopping by!

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