Green homes are the pinnacle of modern living for many eco-friendly homeowners. Some are happy enough with green energy, water recycling and other green solutions within a modern home.
For others, the idea of the eco-friendly hobbit home is more appealing. This design comes from a company in the US called Green Magic Homes, although others are sure to follow suit. The appeal increased with the added promise that it is highly eco-friendly and will be up in just three days
A house in three days sounds too good to be true. Let’s break this idea down into those three components to understand the situation better.
- How is this a hobbit home?
- How can buyers possibly build a home in three days?
- How is it eco-friendly?
This home can only really be appealing, and true to the sales pitches if it meets all three with ease. The good news for buyers is that it does just that. This is green, easy to build and would not look out of place in The Shire.
So How Is This A Hobbit Home?
Many newspapers and other media outlets use the term “hobbit home” to describe this dwelling. Some buyers may infer that this has something to with the size and that these green homes are for those that don’t mind a lower ceiling and minimal space. This is not the case at all. The nickname comes from the resemblance to the homes of Tolkein’s Shire.
Bilbo and his fellow hobbits lived comfortably in these homes built into grassy mounds. Many green-minded builders appreciate the concept of this “back-to-nature approach.” Some see it as a chance to reject modern life and traditional living. Others do so for the greenest home possible. Many simply like the challenge that it presents.
This idea of heading underground is nothing new. Not only is it a call-back to the most primate form of shelter possible, but there is also a trend for adapting caves and burrows into green homes.
The structure of the cave provides immediate shelter and warmth from the elements. Those that carve out the rock face create their shape and floor space to meet personal needs. Many have also found that it isn’t too hard to create a modern home with the right plumbing, drainage ventilation, and electricity outlets. The hobbit home is different because there is a domed shape with a green roof over the home.
This hobbit home is not complete with a green roof for the ideal shape and look.
The beauty of Tolkien’s hobbit homes – or at least the ones Peter Jackson designed – is the use of colors and natural elements in this domed shape. It is a key component of these new eco homes. Some may see this as a modern approach to roofing. Green roofs are a new phenomenon in some major US cities.
Major authorities and businesses plant up rooftops to provide an urban garden, absorb carbon and to help out nature. Green roofs are nothing new. Sod roofs, as they are also known, are in place in homes across the world.
Northern Scandinavian homes have incorporated these green roofs for centuries. Germany added green roofs on a large scale in the 1960s, and now around 10% of all German roofs have this green, natural edge. The difference here is that the roofs are not flat.
This hobbit home shape is very important in the basic design because of this dome and the use of the grass over the top. However, there is room for adaptation here.
This is best seen in the vast range of potential designs that are on offer. Green Magic Homes have many different shapes and floor plans in their gallery to suit different preferences and floor space requirements.
There are simple green homes with a couple of rooms and more elaborate villas. This is all possible because of the structure and shape of the panels used. Builders are free to follow a plan from Green Magic Homes or submit something of their design. It all depends on personal needs and the space available.
Also, buyers should note that the interior doesn’t have to resemble a hobbit home, just the exterior. In fact, builders can make this as modern and convenient as they choose.
Developers have ensured users can wire up the homes with the best electrical outlets – even solar power generation if needed. There is also the opportunity to add personal touches to the doors, windows, lights and other elements for the best result.
(Source: Green Magic Homes)
How Is This Built In Three Days?
The idea of a hobbit home isn’t that far fetched. Prospective buyers had seen these similar homes and projects before and had an idea what to expect. It is this idea of a three day build that it the issue. This seems far too quick by general standards of building and construction. Naturally, many will worry that this is low-end, flimsy approach with poor materials and fixtures. This is not the case at all.
This is a modular home with a difference.
The speed of build is the result of the design and structure of the panels used. These panels join to form basic pods that builders configure into their chosen design. These prefabricated panels sound as though they should be flimsy and insecure, but they aren’t.
The structures are strong enough to handle large weight and quantities of earth with ease. In fact, these green roof aid to the structure and stability. The result is a pod that can handle the poor weather, high winds and even earthquakes with a magnitude of 10 on the Richter scale.
The ease of use comes from the use of ducts and perforations along the flaps on the panels. Builders have predetermined areas for the ducts, water pipes and channels for electrical wiring. There are then holes for the fixtures for fast, simple assembly.
It is like a piece of elaborate flat-pack furniture or paper crafting with everything in the right place. It just times patience and the right process to get it all together in the right order. There is also a great use of materials and composites. The panels consist of FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer). This allows for improved strength and durability.
The speed of the build will vary depending upon expertise and the scale of the build.
Builders should note that this three-day build idea relates to the most basic option with the smaller number of components. They can lay the foundations, ducts and major connections, assemble the panels and lay the roof at this time.
Buyers with grander designs, numerous panels, and extra features will find that it takes longer. Still, it isn’t the long-term building project of many first-timers. Newcomers can start small and build upon the home with time. The design allows for these adaptations and extensions so a basic dwelling can become a family home or something more.
These panels and design feature all come together to create something that is easy to use and easy to ship. This is where is important to reinforce that idea of a personal building project. Buyers chose the number of panels and pods they want, pay the appropriate price and receive their goods. The building process is then entirely down to them.
Builders must, therefore, have some level of skill and knowledge for the task. The structures are easy to assemble, but not entirely idiot-proof. Company-based builders are not available for an easy option.
Buyers either have to do it themselves or hire additional labor. This is also true for many of the additional elements. This home kit is just the panels. The doors, windows and other items are extras to purchase separately or buy from another source.
How Is It Eco-Friendly?
Temperature control is one of the main focuses in the sales claims here. The structure of these domes allows for regulated heating in the winter, while strong ventilation keeps it cool in the summer. This is as straightforward as it gets when it comes to energy conservation in a green home.
Universities and experts have been studying green roofs for a while now. Their impact on heating and cooling systems is impressive. This use of a full turf roof over a small dome, with the addition design features, increases this potential.
Of course, there is more to this green roof than insulation.
The appeal of the green roof is not just the ability to save energy. Some prospective homeowners also love the idea of creating a home that brings them closer to nature. This is not dead soil, and fake turf made to look like the lush green of The Shire.
This is a real ecosystem in place on the roof of the home. This opens up new doors for gardening, nature conservation and more. Some will use the roof as a natural landscape for native species. This could provide vital protection for plants that may otherwise become forced out. This, in turn, helps local pollinators and other wildlife to thrive. Other builders will create gardens for sustainable living. The thick soil can support this life. However, builders have to plant with the natural landscape in mind.
A green grass roof can also help with water collection. The 2004 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Conference saw a study on the potential of green roof for water retention. It showed that runoff decreased by more than 75% in rainstorms and the roofs also acted as a filter for pollutants and other particles. This filtrated water enters the local ecosystem at a steady rate. There is a reduced risk of flooding or the pollution of local water courses.
Builders should also remember that grass roofs aren’t mandatory here.
It is not just about grass with this style of home. The green-roofed hobbit home is cute and marketable, but not the only option. There are also builders creating impressive projects in the desert or the snow.
The strength of the materials and the shape of the panels allows them to hold heavy loads of dirt, sand, snow or other materials. This means that homeowners can truly create a home that conforms to the landscape in a wide range of regions. There are additional considerations here regarding the quality of the soil, rainwater, and other natural elements. However, native desert or forest planting is also important.
This a great option for modern house building and eco-tourism.
The opportunities above showcase the breadth of possible design and projects for these green homes across the world. The style, ease of use and speed of the build ensure that they are a great resource in a housing crisis. They are of use in ecological areas of concern where options are currently limited. They are also affordable.
First-time buyers and builders don’t need a massive loan when the starter Waikiki pad is just $14,998 (£10,047). From there, they offer a price plan of $34.74 (£23.27) per square foot. Then there is the potential for eco-tourism.
The scale of the developments and uniformity of the dwellings allow for rows of low-end pods or upscale villas in a great location. The green credentials and low cost are ideal for new companies looking for an eco-friendly resort. These climate controlled, green-roofed pod are a great country retreat, and the fast installation is ideal for start-ups.
It seems that this is an attractive hobbit home that is eco-friendly and buildable in 3 days.
Green Magic Homes have come up with a solution that is an attractive alternative with some impressive benefits. The shape of the home is appealing and efficient as it marries traditional ideals and modern approaches.
The shape and materials of the panels mean that these green homes are easy to build in a range of configurations. The use of the roof and the clear climate control provide green-natured benefits on a broader scale.
This home is the antithesis of large scale building projects destroying green land and providing a few homes in months. The potential for homeowners and eco-tourism projects means that this idea is sure to gain weight and popularity.