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Hobbitat Tiny House Builder Offers Micro to Small Reclaimed Cabins

In this post, you’re going to get introduced to a small/tiny house builder you may have never heard of before. They go by Hobbitat and are building cabins for Blue Moon Rising.

The great part about these is that you can try out one of their tiny cabins first to see how you like living small at a tiny cabin rental at Blue Moon Rising because they built those for them. And if you love it, you can always have Hobbitat build your own unique cottage/cabin or tiny house.

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Hobbitat Tiny Houses and Small Cabins/Cottages


Let me show you just a few of the tiny and small cabins they’ve built so far:

Tiny Cabin: View from Inside with the Front Door Open


What a cool outdoor area… Surrounded by nature and woods.


Interior of the Small Cabin


Back door?


I really love the rustic look and feel to it and the use of reclaimed materials throughout.

Most Awesome DIY Murphy Bed I’ve Seen..


It folds right down into a bed. Or right back up to save you precious space!


Wow, look at the detailed finishing touches!


More Cabins from Hobbitat

The really small ones are outdoor showers that are going to Blue Moon Rising.


Rustic/Reclaimed Tiny House


Sliding Door System


Sturdy design. I don’t think that will be failing any day soon.


Ladder to Sleeping Loft


Antique Door Knob


I Just Love the Rounded Doors…


Two Tiny Cabins in the Woods


Another Little Cabin


Small Cabin in the Snow


Covered in snow. Yikes! Get that fireplace going.


Hobbitat Tiny Houses


Wow, look at the interior here…


I LOVE this purple door.


Funky tiny homes and cabins are the best.


Beautiful Windows, Paneling, Vaulted Ceilings, and Wood Throughout


Hobbitat was founded by Bill Thomas in January 2012 after 30 years of experience in the historic restoration and custom home building business.

This year Hobbitat helped Blue Moon Rising with their 13 tiny cabins in their ecotourism retreat. And each one has a unique design since there’s an emphasis on using reclaimed materials.

We hope you’ll decide to stay at one of the many unique little cabins offered at Blue Moon Rising on Deep Crake Lake or consider Hobbitat to build your dream tiny home.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Cahow
    April 25, 2013, 9:12 am

    The ONLY way this day’s Tiny House email could have been more perfect would be if there were actual videos of the interiors, or just ONE interior!!! I spent more time looking at these photos than I have any other email. Sublime, simply sublime! <3

    "founded by Bill Thomas in January 2012 after 30 years of experience in the historic restoration and custom home building business."

    It's so evident that this man is steeped in experience and the sheer LOVE of architectural history! I'm a combination City/Country Mouse, and adore Bill's use of a very urban Checkerboard floor treatment in the top photos; likewise, the Arched Door Frames are evocative of homes from the 20's-40's. Exceptional detailing from the reclaimed door knob to more muntin windows that you can shake a stick at! And COLOUR!!!, yes…COLOUR!!!! I've always been puzzled and disappointed in almost all tiny homes that I've seen: so bland, boring and ordinary! Why?????? When you are designing a 150 sq.ft. space, WHY aren't you tapping into the rich history of architecture and bringing every 'pony to the show'?

    Bill gets it. And I take my virtual "hat" off to him! 🙂

    • Sharon
      April 25, 2013, 9:45 am

      Cahow – did you go to the Bluemonnrising.org website? There are more glorious pictures and videos there.

      PS – Alex, it’s Deep CREEK Lake, in beautiful Western Maryland!

  • Jerry
    April 25, 2013, 2:09 pm

    These are some of the best looking tiny homes I’ve seen yet. Each one has a unique feel to it, and the use of reclaimed materials is a huge plus! Thanks for posting about these!

  • alice h
    April 25, 2013, 3:32 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness! Love the aesthetics and the wonderful craftsmanship. Art and architecture in harmonious balance. Niiiiiiiiiiice!

  • LaMar
    April 27, 2013, 8:54 am

    I like that they are using recycled materials and I have saved tons recycling doors and windows and using roughsawn and reclaimed materials for my cabin. I love the look of old wood BUT be careful that it was not painted with a lead paint!


    • Joyce Rader
      March 17, 2021, 9:23 pm

      Ok LaMar. Please explain how a lay person can tell the difference in lead pain from all the modern versions of oil, acrylic and latex paint. I believe they quit selling lead paint versions so most folk today would not have that fear of lead poison from paint.

      • James D.
        March 17, 2021, 10:42 pm

        There’s DIY swab based test kits you can get to easily check, just make sure it’s an appropriate tester for the lead paint you’re checking for, which is typically a rhodizonate-based kits for nearly any color except red or pink or sulfide-based kits for lighter paint colors.

        Then make a quarter-inch incision through a thick portion of paint to expose the layers, as the lead paint may be a sub-layer…

        Open a swab from the kit, and press it against the cut so it makes contact with each layer of exposed paint…

        Read the swab according to the kit’s instructions for any sign of lead present… Like water PH and other swab based kits, you’re looking for it to change to a specific color as the substance reacts with the tester…

        Always, Double-check your work!

        Often, the test kit will have a sample of lead to verify the tester is working as well to make sure it still works and you can trust the results…

  • jerryd
    April 27, 2013, 10:40 am

    This shows what can be done with recycled materials and a building artist which this person is.

    I’ve done most of my building from recycled parts as I think of something in the next few moths to a yr in the future I start looking for things to use I pick up free or really cheap.

    Then I look over the collection and design my project, be it a TH or a wood/epoxy electric car or MC, and design it to fit them.

    What you can end up with is a great looking unit that costs little. My EV’s mostly cost under $1k for instance and save 50% on materials for my last TH this way.

    I’m in complete agreement with Lamar in watching out not to get wood with lead paint as just not worth it for the tiny savings.

  • LD
    April 27, 2013, 1:44 pm

    What a great collection of well designed and built dwellings! But I’d be careful about hooking up with a radical political agenda for the sake of promoting a quality lifestyle. Communistic policies are not compatible with the liberty and freedom of the individual. Let’s just stick with a respectful common sense approach that honors the best of who we are and what we have to offer. We can be good stewards and provide proper examples without supporting a dishonorable socialist lie.

    • Mary
      April 27, 2013, 11:09 pm

      What the hell are you talking about? Do you know what website you are on or have you been drinking a little too much kool-aid lately? I have seen these dwellings and they are beautiful. But as exquisite as they are, it’s funny — they are in no way promoting communism or any agenda, radical or otherwise.

      • LD
        April 28, 2013, 11:33 am

        I was pleasantly surprised that the comment I made yesterday survived, but I’m not surprised at your response Mary. Take it upon yourself to do some research on the sponsoring organization and look at what they truly stand for. I think the work being done and the level of skill and creativity are essential for us as a people, but not at the expense of the truth. The truth of the matter is there for all to see, but sometimes it’s not pretty or nice to look at. It is wholly unacceptable to think that the principles embodied in socialist policies can be made to work while respecting the lives and liberty of the citizenry. Ever heard of Agenda 21?

        • Mary Landry
          April 28, 2013, 1:00 pm

          Yup, I was right — it’s the Kool-Aid!

        • Cahow
          April 28, 2013, 4:10 pm

          Well, colour ME curious!

          I know quite a bit about Agenda 21, having read about it, watched videos concerning implemenation of it on a global scale, etc.

          In the U.S., Land of Conspiracy Theories (including the latest one about the Boeing Landing Gear!), it’s alleged that it will take away our property rights, golf courses, ski areas, and paved roads. Oh, and the Family Unit, too, so I guess we’ll all be wearing skins and living in caves if the Green Goal of Agenda 21 passes.

          So, LD: what’s YOUR take on Agenda 21?

          Here’s a small break-down of it: call it “Agenda 21 for Dummies” (LOL)

          “Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It is a product of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The “21” in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st century. It has been affirmed and modified at subsequent UN conferences.

          Agenda 21 is a 300-page document divided into 40 chapters that have been grouped into 4 sections:

          Section I: Social and Economic Dimensions: This section is directed toward combating poverty, especially in developing countries, changing consumption patterns, promoting health, achieving a more sustainable population, and sustainable settlement in decision making.

          Section II: Conservation and Management of Resources for Development: Includes atmospheric protection, combating deforestation, protecting fragile environments, conservation of biological diversity (biodiversity), control of pollution and the management of biotechnology, and radioactive wastes.

          Section III: Strengthening the Role of Major Groups: Includes the roles of children and youth, women, NGOs, local authorities, business and workers and strengthening the role of indigenous peoples, their communities, and farmers.

          Section IV: Means of Implementation: Implementation includes science, technology transfer, education, international institutions and financial mechanisms.

          The Republican National Committee has adopted a resolution opposing Agenda 21, and the Republican Party platform stated that “We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty.” Several state and local governments have considered or passed motions and legislation opposing Agenda 21. Alabama became the first state to prohibit government participation in Agenda 21, but Arizona rejected a similar bill.

          Activists, some of whom have been associated with the Tea Party movement by the The New York Times and The Huffington Post, have said that Agenda 21 is a conspiracy by the United Nations to deprive individuals of property rights.”~

        • LD
          April 29, 2013, 1:03 am

          There are those of us that have no compunction or reservations about telling the truth, and I put myself proudly in that category. I find it disgusting that people, for reasons I am unable to comprehend, have no problem wanting to embrace a system that is so devastatingly evil in it’s lack of respect for people, their freedom and property rights.
          It’s all there in black and white and anybody can read and know that Agenda 21 is a conspiracy, and it’s no theory. Agenda 21 is being implemented everyday with outright theft of our lives locked up in the sweat equity of our labors. being taken from us by international criminals. And people such as yourselves that mount a weak ass defense by pointing the conspiracy theory finger at people that actually have their head and their hearts on straight, deserve to be outed.
          So, keep up the good work in letting us know exactly who you are, and don’t be surprised when good folks stand up for their right and defend what’s theirs from folks that believe it’s OK to steal, as long as it’s for the “greater good”.
          And I don’t know where you’re at, but here in the U.S. we spell it COLOR

        • jerryd
          April 29, 2013, 7:36 am

          As obviously LD is an off topic please remove LD from the list?

          The UN can’t fight itself out of a wet paper bag as proven time and time again so to your just plain dumb, sad rant, all I can say is, REALLY! Are you that dumb?

          You do realize you have more in common with the Taliban than with the founding fathers as the Taliban and the Tories/redcoats are the rightwingers .

          Our founding father’s were progressives of their day. Facts are conservatives never do much of anything but hold others back because they are scared they can’t keep up and compete in the present, much less in an unknown future of change.

          The future is going to change no matter as you can’t hold it back as your kind die off so others can make a better future for themselves.

          Not sure what the color reference is but likely not good and only one obvious conclusion. And for that alone LD should be banned.
          A sad group of people.

    • jerryd
      April 28, 2013, 8:45 pm

      Surprised it survived? Of course you are as deep down even you know it’s crock.

      I mean the UN take over the world? Really!!!! I mean REALLY!!! Are your really that daft? The UN can’t do anything, much less take over the world . The sad thing those you support for are the ones that are trying to like the Koch brothers.

  • LD
    April 29, 2013, 1:31 am

    As important as certain things may be, I’m here to lift up the creativity and dynamic spirit that goes into all good things. The truth will always find it’s way to the forefront, but here and now, the practical and beautiful solutions I see on this and many other websites deserve my full support and attention, so I lift up that spirit in fellowship as it may be.
    Upward and onward.

  • DT
    May 2, 2013, 9:12 am

    Fantastic buildings. I poured over these pictures, followed all the links and I really look forward to seeing more from Hobbitat!

    Also, while I know I should not feed the trolls, I have to post a defense of alternate spellings on the color vs. colour comment.
    From Grammarist:
    “Color vs. colour
    Color and colour are different spellings of the same word. Color is the preferred spelling in American English, and colour is preferred in all other main varieties of English. The distinction extends to all derivatives of the word. Colored, coloring, colorer, colorful, and discolor are the U.S. spellings, and coloured, colouring, colourer, colourful, and discolour are preferred outside the U.S.”

    LD, welcome to the world wide web. Here, people from many places in the world come to share ideas. And sometimes they spell things differently than Americans would. Not only are you a conspiracy theorist who values your particular version of what you think American sovereignty is over everything else and everyone else in the world, you are a rude, unwelcoming and ignorant. I do have to thank you for the good, hearty laugh, though!

    • Alex
      May 2, 2013, 9:46 am

      Glad you enjoyed it DT!

  • Maria
    May 8, 2013, 7:50 pm

    OK where is the bathroom in these houses?

    • Cahow
      May 8, 2013, 8:52 pm

      Oh, Maria, how I laughed and laughed at your comment! But…in a good way, not laughing ‘at’ you. LOL

      I don’t know if you’re new to tiny “spaces” or not; I’m using that word vs. houses because it factors in Urban Tiny Spaces, too. But, the one thing I’ve noticed across the board, is that men and women that are deeply into tiny spaces have NO LOVE for either bathrooms or kitchens! Weird, right? It seems that the very first room to be tossed out is the bathroom, from country to city, followed up by the kitchen. Sure, there might be a pop bottle to piss in or a bucket with sawdust to poop in but that’s common from articles I’ve read. Or, if they are camped in someone’s back yard with their tiny house on wheels, they use their hosts bathroom and laundry. Same goes for kitchens in both urban and rural tiny spaces: a jug of water, maybe a hot plate run by butane or propane and a cooler. In hotter zones, I’ve seen outdoor bathrooms with solar showers; sure wouldn’t work in Michigan at zero degrees!

      Now, obviously there are tiny urban and rural spaces that have fully functioning bathrooms with flush toilets, sink, and means of cleaning your body beside a rag; there’s also charming kitchens with full stoves with top hob and oven, frig and running water. But they don’t seem to be featured often on many of these sites; it’s more the “Less Is More” philosophy that I see championed. I’m cool with that, as I don’t have to live in the more spartan dwellings, but I can always take something positive and interesting from viewing them. I just know myself and I’m just WAY too into body cleanliness and cooking to live a ‘camping’ lifestyle 24/7. But, each to their own; whatever rocks your world. 🙂

      • Brenda
        May 10, 2013, 1:42 am

        Very interesting… . Political rant finally arrives at Tiny House talk. LOL . I have been reading your blog avidly for some time Alex, and I must applaud your restraint at not booting LD off the blog… Off topic indeed. Onward….
        I’m with Cahow… I have to have my own bathroom and running water…. you can get around the need for septic system if you are willing to invest in an incinerating toilet… costs $2 K though. For that kind of cash , you can hook up to a city sewer system and still have money left over though.

        I really like the houses I saw . I cannot understand why it would cost 45 K to have a tiny house built out of reclaimed materials though. The guy down in Llano TX (close to my neck of the woods) charged a small fortune for his ” pure salvage ” houses as well.

      • Toni Benton
        November 22, 2017, 6:48 pm

        Thanks Cahow, you hit the nail on the head! I too cannot do without certain “luxuries”. I’ll deal with a composting toilet since it makes my life easier, but I refuse to give up my kitchen! For 2 people that like to cook that would be ridiculous. And baths…I like baths! 🙂

    • Jasher
      July 15, 2013, 9:50 pm

      That’s a VERY important question. I’m in the middle of designing a camper/workshop for a mobile business I’m starting. I’ll be spending an average of 3 nights a week in this. The top 3 things on my must have list: potty, good bed, ice chest. I’ve relented to not haveing a shower but I MUST have a potty.

  • Lauren
    August 19, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Yes these are lovely little homes, great details and craftsmanship and Yes who wouldn’t want one but to quote the owner and builder of these homes
    “With all the above mentioned items, materials and 6 to 7 weeks of labor in our shop the finished product is not inexpensive. Prices range from $45,000 to $100,000.”
    Really? I couldn’t find the exact dimensions of some of these tiny homes but say a 12′ X 20′ cabin at $45k would be $150 per sq. foot! Doesn’t this sound like a lot?
    Are little homes turning into just another fad -boutique-kitschy thing for people with money to burn and are otherwise bored and already have everything they want – to own?
    Besides the desire to simply one’s life and the philosophy behind that, I think financial considerations are important for many embracing the tiny lifestyle. If I could afford $100k, Id probably use it to buy a regular house. The one I’m in now is 850 sq ft and cost $119k 10 years ago. In an online calculator a similar size home with above grade finishes and built in appliances, foundation, plumbing, electrical including all materials and labor only cost $46K for 300 sq ft. Something to think about.

  • Barb B
    May 23, 2014, 8:18 am

    I’m with Brenda on the political rant….Alex, you have to be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met! Aside from the nonsense, these TH are sooo wonderful. When I looked at them the first thing I saw was quality….they are like Brad Kittel’s TH—every time you look at it you see, you see something MORE to investigate. And who wouldn’t want to live in a “Hobbit” house! Two thumbs up!

  • Cindy
    June 6, 2014, 1:22 am

    Loved all the hobbit houses. Maybe you are sorry for asking for comments? Turning cute little hobbit houses into cause for political ranting is a bit much. I’d be sorry I asked.

  • Comet
    July 26, 2014, 11:42 am

    Political ranting aside—if I want THAT I will go to one of the many many OTHER sites that provide it!!!

    Well—-these houses sure are cute and I suspect that the “Install” has seperate shower and toilet rooms—which would be completely impracticle for me so a no-go as far as that. But the “take away” is how the different materiels etc can be made to work together in a cohesive format.

    I do think the prices are insane tho—for that $100,000 I will HAPPILY sell you MY actual house—5 bedrooms full basement laundry room TWO FULL BATHS on an acre of land with a nice deck overlooking Mt Equinox Vermont.

    Just sayin’.

  • Annie
    July 26, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Awesome little houses. The creativity and resourcefulness of these builders is so impressive.

  • Patrick
    August 16, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Hi ya Alice…
    Very well put “art & architecture in harmony…”
    That my dear is ‘exactly’ what this “tiny movement” is all about !!!
    You see…freedom is about more then just moving around unencumbered;
    it’s more a sense of being true to your passion(s).
    Not collecting material possessions and then creating your (own) identity thru those (possessions) is that ‘harmony’ we are talking about here !
    The use of wood and other natural (building) materials is the essence of creating that delicate balance between ‘art & architecture’.
    Just be true to your passion to live ‘simply’ in a ‘Tiny House’ & you have all the freedom anyone could ever ask for !!!
    Keep the ‘movement’ alive my friends !!!
    Best regards,
    Patrick –

    • Alex
      August 16, 2014, 2:18 pm

      Beautifully said. Thanks Patrick.

  • Patrick Donahue
    October 7, 2014, 7:06 pm

    Hi Ya Alex…
    I’ve been extremely busy lately, as you all know I’m saving both reclaimed materials & money to startup my own fabrication shop.
    I like the phrase: “Mini House Masters”
    I just wanted to let you know (Alex) that ‘YES’ I am receiving your email news letter & I absolutely love ALL the pics & articles. It is quite inspiring!!!

    • Alex
      October 8, 2014, 5:35 am

      Thanks Patrick!

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