Gary Zuker is the owner of this little hobbit house in Texas. In 1989 he built it by hand for about $25,000 and lots of labor. The home took three years to complete. He is a University of Texas computer engineer with no carpentry experience before this project.
In total, the space is about 830-square-feet with lots of open areas. Gary had the help of Pliny Fisk, a local sustainable building expert in Austin. Here are some details on the materials used:
- Loblolly pine for scissor-truss system
- Limestone boulders for doorway, fireplace, and foundation
- Stained-glass windows
- Salvaged windows, flooring, and kitchen cabinets
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Little Hobbit House in Texas
Photos courtesy of Gary Zuker and Paul Bardagjy
The boulders you see on the foundation, around the doorway and later in the fireplace were purchased from a stone quarry about 10 miles away from the property.
The windows were all either reclaimed or hand made.
Looks pretty big, but it’s still a relatively small house.
They’ve set up a beautiful little outdoor area in the back.
Inside the floor plan calls for a bathroom, work area, bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and a loft. Let’s explore that…
The stone fireplace is beautiful, isn’t it?
Gary took the time to find recycled materials for most areas of the home.
The stone around the sink in the kitchen came from old benches from the University of Texas.
The base for this kitchen came out of an old pharmacy.
Gary’s wife is a stained-glass artist. She made many of the windows in the home.
Here’s the cozy bedroom.
Some windows were salvaged and the others were handmade by the couple.
Did you notice the loft up there? I thought that was really neat.
Photo Credits: Gary W. Zuker and Paul Bardagjy
What do you think about this hobbit house? Not so small, huh? Speak your mind in the comments.
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- http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/staff/Zuker/Gary%20Zuker/ (August 4, 2011)
- http://www.bardagjyphoto.com/ (August 4, 2011)
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