An avid and serious collector of J.R.R. Tolkien books, manuscripts and artifacts, this client desired a cottage-like setting based on Tolkien’s writings and imagery of a home for a Hobbit. Located in the countryside near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this “cottage” like structure was built for the display and archives for the owner’s valuable collection in an environment that will protect the material while providing a quiet sanctuary for solitude and contemplation. Construction of the 600 SF Hobbit House began in the fall of 2004 and was completed in the summer of 2005 for approximately $150,000. The design incorporates many principal features such as hand-made clay roof tiles, a 54” diameter Spanish cedar door with hand-forged single pivot hinge, custom “butterfly window,” Douglas fir timber framing, custom designed antique light fixtures, traditional casework and many other fanciful interior details. The structure is located a short walk from the main house and is used as a place to truly enjoy and experience the collection in a setting appropriate to the art and history it holds. Unusual Features & Design Challenges

The program was to create a small building to house the owner’s collection in a space that fostered a feeling of history and tradition of both the site and the housed collection. The siting of the structure was the key component to incorporate the cottage into the property. The front facade was built into an existing fieldstone dry stacked wall dating back to the 18th century, which runs through the property. Utilizing stone from a derelict portion of the wall that had been buried in the woods allows the building to quite literally grow out of the site. The exterior stonewalls carry a timber frame structure expressed both on the inside and on the rafter tail details and entrance canopy on the outside.

The “butterfly window” was arrived at through some of the written descriptions by Tolkien and the desire to frame a beautiful view into the woods. The “eyebrow” over the window was crafted to blend the beautiful materials and forms of wall, window, and roof.

While only 600 SF of space inside, thought and care was given to create an environment that surrounds the user in the collection and still gives an experience of space and comfort in a new but very traditionally detailed room.
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“gorgeous garden” — Darcy Howe
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“so cute” — Jenni Mishoe
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“Lovely....” — davisblack
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“Chimney” — janet111644
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“Stone lined swale” — katileigh
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“Hobbit House” — Rebecca
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“on the acreage built into a grassy knoll” — ravensdream
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“love the opening area” — Martika Clark
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“Guest house storm shelter.” — Tammy White Brandt
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“door/ironwork and ceiling” — Brendon Smith
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