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The rustic original feature: the tiny stairs up to the next room (often featured in old homes that were partly dug out of a big rock).
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." ~J. R. R. Tolkien
a "cob" #house...Cob is a traditional building technique using clay, sand, straw and water- wet enough to shape, yet dry enough to build up without forms. The clay acts as the glue, while the sand gives strength to the mixture and the straw gives the walls tensile strength once hardened into place. It dries to a hardness similar to lean concrete and is used like adobe to create self supporting, load bearing walls. A cob house is essentially monolithic. This with it’s curved walls gives them g...
Hobbit earth-sheltered house. I read the story of the family that built this in a matter of months. It's incredibly charming inside. I love the idea of going back to a more simple way of living despite the unlikelihood of it happeneing.