Being a fantasy writer, reader, and enthusiast, it occurred to me that maybe I should look at design elements related to fantasy when writing about design on my blog. I mean, all in all, the topic of design can be extremely broad. Last week I talked about colour, this week…who knows?! It could be anything. Fantasy design is even a broad topic itself. After all, there are really no limitations to what could be created! However, I will endeavour to make the posts as consistent as possible and as interesting as possible.
If you could live in any fantasy home that you’ve read about or seen in a movie, what would it be? My answer for this one is always quick and easy. It’s the Hobbit house! In fact, if there was a separate Hobbit movie about life in the Shire, I’d be the first one in line for tickets. The way Bilbo Baggins’ house – or Bag End – is portrayed on screen was so wonderfully imaginative. I love the round windows, the wood detail, the cozy nooks, and winding hallways. I really, really want one of my own!
Interestingly, a week or so ago, I saw an article about homes people had built in real life based on cartoons. One of the homes featured was…dun dun dun…a Hobbit home! It is absolutely adorable and what I really like about it is that it fits in with the Tiny House trend (which I LOVE) and takes into account the environment both in the materials used to construct it and also the locations into which it is built.
Simon and Jasmine Dale, the builders of the Hobbit home, live in Wales (of course) and have been working on environmental building projects for more than 10 years. There is an amazing amount of planning and detail that goes into homes like these. For instance, the home is dug into a hillside to create shelter as well as not to interfere with the natural beauty of the surroundings. Everything from straw bale insulation, to lime plaster walls, to water brought in by gravity, speaks to the Dales obvious desire to leave as small a footprint as possible while ensuring comfortable living for themselves.
I don’t know if the Building Code here in Canada would support building something like this. I rather doubt it. Of course you’d have to bump up the insulation and account for the vast temperature variations and seasonal changes which, I rather expect, are more tempered in Wales. Nevertheless, it is fun to dream about and if ever I find myself in a situation where I might build my own house, be not surprise to find me in my very own Bag End!