Inhabitat has the green building beat covered for this realm - but what about sustainable dwellings for Middle Earth? Enter Hobbitat, a tiny home builder that creates cozy, thoughtfully-designed houses wrapped in reclaimed and repurposed materials. Oakland-based company Blue Sky Ventures built these energy-efficient, prefab micro-dwellings with traditional materials, blending green building principles with the familiarity and warmth of wooden cottages.
The company’s founder Bill Thomas built the first Hobbitat house in 2011 using materials from his grandfather’s barn, windows from his childhood cabin and other reclaimed doors and materials. The small but cozy and not to mention eco-friendly home inspired him to take this micro-housing project further and start building 13 cabins for an eco-tourism retreat on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The project, built in collaboration between Blue Sky Ventures and local non-profit organization Blue Moon Rising, uses reclaimed and recycled materials that give the cabins a feel of familiarity and coziness.
The rental cabins—called “Hobs”—are assembled off-site using materials that are local and sustainable. These houses usually incorporate reclaimed doors and windows, shingles and girders, giving the entire resort a unique personality. With the Hobbitat project nearly finished, the company is introducing the possibility of customizing the Hobs and delivering them nation-wide as virtually complete structures.
Via Jetson Green