A hobbit-hole in my backyard? It may sound crazy, but I can tell you that my kids love it. It is the coolest playhouse ever. Plus, they can enjoy the grassy hill for sledding in winter and water sliding in summer. This was all my wife's idea. She dreamt it, and I got to be the one to bring it to reality. I'm not a construction expert; this was a total do-it-yourself job by a complete amateur. It has turned out rather nicely, I think. Here is the story of how it came to be.

Since this is in blog format, the posts are in order from newest to oldest. To read this in chronological order, start with How it all Began and use the "Newer Post" links. Or click on the links under Blog Archive, in order.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


The boys decided to sleep out in the hobbit-hole in April.  Little did they know that there would be a blizzard.  I woke up at about 5:00 a.m. and this is what I saw. (Actually, I didn't take this photo until later. It was not as bright at first, and it was still snowing like crazy.  You can see my lone track coming back from peeking in.)

When I first saw the snow, I ran out there to check on the boys, worrying that they might be frozen to death out there, then ran back for my camera, as this is what I saw inside:

Snug as a couple of hobbits at home.  I ended up coming in and sleeping the rest of the night with them, just in case, and also so I could carry them in the house, since they didn't have anything but jammies and socks.  It was toasty warm inside, thanks to the space heater.  The boys were none the wiser until they woke up later.  They couldn't believe their eyes.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates, between your blog and the Hobbit movie website I get a little bit of excitement.

Unknown said...

THAT would have to be the perfect sleep-over.

Anonymous said...

Obviously everything turned out well, and I don't know if you included ventilation, but definitely carbon monoxide poisoning is a big concern if they were sleeping in a small enclosure with a space heater.

Otherwise, really cool project! Just thought I'd mention!

Joe said...

Yes, there is ventilation on both ends.

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