Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog

Welcome to my Construction Blog! I've created this blog to document the progress on a Hobbit House that I am constructing in New York. I will periodically be posting pictures and anecdotes throughout the process. Enjoy, Jim.


 

The Work of the Dwarves Continues…..Why is the Sink Backing Up?

Alas friends of Middle Earth the holiday season is upon us. Much to do and little time. So we’re going to keep this short.

Oh yeah. Welcome to the continuing saga of Hobbit Hollow. The journey continues.

So yeah the holidays.

Having a big crowd this year for Turkey day. So when you have a big crowd you have to go the extra mile with the house cleaning. Damn holidays. The grease buildup on our range oven is ridiculous. Went through a whole can of wet wipes trying to get that under control.  I actually broke out into a sweat with all the elbow grease I put into this oven cleaning. Turns out we have a Kitchen Aid oven! I thought we had a GE.  It’s something I really didn’t need to know. It’s all because “special people” are coming over. Like I said. Damn holidays.

I also was forced into switching out the faucet in the downstairs powder room.  It really looked pretty bad. What a pain in the neck that was. What made it so hard was the fact that it was a two door vanity. 30 inch vanity means the two doors are about 14 inches across maximum. So this 200 pound man has to get in there  on his back with a basin wrench. You ever use a basin wrench before? Broke into another sweat trying to get this faucet off with the basin wrench. What an ordeal.

So the sink was kind of backing up anyway so I knew I was going to have to take apart the drain and unclog it. No big deal really. I open up the drain and inside the drain I find one of Georgia’s paint brushes! This thing is like a foot long! How that got in there I’ll never know. It was one of those moments when you’re like. “What the hell????”

So it was good. I shed about five pounds getting ready for Thanksgiving. I probably won’t have to wear my stretchy pants this year. You know the pants with the elastic waistband so you don’t have to undo your belt buckle when you overeat on Thanksgiving. So that’s great.

Give a shout out to whoever invented stretchy pants. Good job.

Get to the blog Jim you’re running out of time.

So I am out of time so I’m just gonna give you the visual.

Dwarves workbench.

Finished under the windows. Working the sides now.

Almost to the top,

It really changes the look of the house doesn’t it?

My excavator guy also was there. He finished off the patio area on the side and secured my walkway path to the roof. Check it out.

Future patio area on the side of the house.

Walkway path secured with stones and dirt as well.

It’s a really nice area there now. Nice barbecue area.

He also got rid of the garage for me.

Blog fan John wants me to build some sort of carriage house there for Gandalf and his horse and buggy.  Take it easy John.  I’m a busy guy but I want to finish this thing before the end of the century.

Worked on the electrical. Set up the exterior boxes for the lanterns that will go on either side of the door. It took a while. Worked on some interior framing and electrical the rest of the weekend. We’re getting there people.

Have a great week and enjoy your family and friends this Thanksgiving. There’s much to be thankful for.

Jim

 

The Dwarves….Great Miners and Craftsmen of the Mountain Halls

Seven rings were given to the Dwarf Lords. Great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls.   Yes people. The Dwarves have finally arrived at Hobbit hollow to work their craft. ”Tis a craft my friends. The Hobbit house would not be complete without a touch from the dwarves. In my mind it is the…

Of the Laundering of Money?……The Return of the Boy!!!!!

It is what will come to pass if you should fail. The Fellowship is breaking, it has already begun. He will try and take the Ring. You know of whom I speak. One by one it will destroy them all.   The Elven queen Galadriel on the fate of the Fellowship after Frodo has looked…

Of Mini-Splits and Electrical conduits…..CALL 911!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will you look into the mirror? What will I see? Even the wisest cannot tell, for the mirror shows many things. ….things that were ….things that are ….and some things…that have not yet come to pass.   The Elven queen Galadriel talking to Frodo Baggins.   You have to look yourself in the mirror….And think…

Of Heat Pump Prep……..The Gravy….It’s Homemade!!!

Does it seem as if time is flying by right now or what? I don’t know but another weekend has come and gone at record pace it seems to me. Maybe it’s the weather? It has been unseasonably warm this October here in the Northeast. The weatherman said the other day that we are on…

Of the Lighting of Hallways……NO! One of Them Will Eat the Muffin!

A little Lord of the Rings trivia to start. When the Fellowship goes to the Elven realm of Lothlorien they are given gifts. Aragorn’s gift was a curved hunting dagger from the first Age of Middle Earth. There are words inscribed on this knife in Elvish. What were they??? I’ll give you a few seconds…

Of Whales, Paragliding, and Oystercatchers

Hello again fans of Middle Earth and those who are interested in the ways of building Hobbit homes! Welcome once again. Glad to have you back. Well the Editor and I decided to take advantage of the long holiday weekend and mosey on over to Block Island for a couple of days for a little…

I Asked For One Apple Cinnamon Muffin………She Gave Me Three.

Lady Galadriel Elf Queen of Lothlorien: And what gift would a Dwarf ask of the Elves? Gimli the Dwarf responds: Nothing. Except to look upon the Lady of the Galadhrim one last time, for she is more fair than all the jewels beneath the earth. Legolas the Elf who is part of the Fellowship along…

Adding Color………One Piece at a Time

Hobbits have been living and farming in the four farthings of the Shire for many hundreds of years. Quite content to ignore and be ignored by the world of the Big Folk. Middle earth being, after all, filled with strange creatures beyond count.Hobbits might seem of little importance. Not renowned as great warriors nor amoung…

Why is the Water Foaming?…..Gotta Get Organized Here.

They were men once. Great Kings of men. Then Sauron the deceiver gave them rings of power. Blinded by their greed they took them without question, falling into darkness. Now they are slaves to Sauron’s will. They are the Nazgul, Ringwraiths neither living nor dead. At all times they feel the presence of the Ring,…