Hey everyone! It's Danielle from Exploring Alternatives.
In this video we're checking out a hobbithouse at the eco resort called Les Toits du Monde which means Roofs of the World.[Music Playing] It has a green roof with these really coolextensions to it that come all the way down to the ground that provide additional shade for the house so that it actually keeps it really cool duringthe summer and helps retain some of the heat during thewinter.
It also has a solar panel to power all ofthe lights, a wood stove, and they don't have plumbing so instead they'vegot a composting toilet, they bring in jugs of drinking water, and for the shower they fill up a portablesolar shower.
The house is currently a vacation rental atthis eco resort but we think it's big enough, and comfortableenough, and really well designed so that you couldactually live in a house like this if you wanted to live off grid and you couldprobably have up to four people in here.
So let's go take a look inside! [Music Playing] This is the inside of the hobbit house.
You can see the walls are all round.
The hobbit house was built with straw balesand then they plastered it with a natural limestone plaster on top.
So I think that's why it was easier for themto do a round shape.
And actually all of the lines in this hobbithouse are kind of rounded.
There's not really any right angleswhich is kind of nice it's got a really natural feeling in it and I really like the dome that they've put rightin the centre of the hobbit house.
That brings in a lot of natural light, too.
And it really makes you feel like you're justpart of the forest, which I guess is the idea in a hobbit house.
Over here there's a kitchen with a naturaledge countertop and a really neat sink.
And the hobbit house is all off grid so theyhave to bring in jugs of water.
They use a small propane cooktop for cookingand you can see here there's a propane line goingthrough the back of the counter and outside to the tank.
Over here, a super nice rounded doorway andactually.
I'll just show you this door.
Look how nice this door is.
So this is the shower stall and then theyhave a solar shower bag here so this is a bag that you would fill up withwater and leave outside so that the sun would heat up the water and give you a hot shower and then it has this pump so you can createyour own water pressure and then the water would go through the tubeand then you have a little nozzle here that you can use to wash off.
So it's a pretty simple low-tech solutionwhich I really like.
Less stuff to break.
And then behind the door there's a littleporthole window which is really cute.
Gives you some nice ventilation for the toilet.
So this is just a composting toilet.
Looks like a 5 gallon bucket and they usesawdust so they've just got this cute little compartmentthere with sawdust and a little mug to sprinkle on after each use.[Music Playing] [Birds Chirping] Over here we've got a couple of inset beds,set right into the wall which is really neat.
so it kind of creates a sense of privacy eventhough they're clearly part of the main room.
I'm assuming the top bunk is for adults becausethe opening is a little bit bigger so it wouldn't be as claustrophobic and this one seems more like a little kindof nook that I think kids would have a lot of fun in.
I really like how they integrated the stepsright into the wall here so it still lets in some light and then youcan just climb up using these rope handles.
This is a little sitting area and again they've used wood in a differentway so that each little area in the house feels a little bit different so here they've put the ends of small logsto decorate the bench.
And it's a cozy little sitting area so let'ssay someone wants to sleep it feels like you could still have a lot ofprivacy over here, maybe a light is on and stuff, without disturbing the person who's sleepingin the other room.
So you get open concept kind of communityliving here but you still have little areas, little nooks in the house that give you abit of privacy.
The hobbit house is totally off grid and weare in Canada so obviously it's going to get cold sometimes so the whole house is heated with just thisone wood stove.
This is a pretty epic eating area with thesehuge log columns.
And a nicely carved table.
So they have lots of windows here and youget lots of natural light in the house even though they have those kind of extensionsto the green roof outside that, from the outside, it looks like it would createa lot of shade but when you're in here it's actually reallybright.
And then last but not least, no hobbit housewould be complete without a small round door that you have to duck into to get in althoughI think I fit under there so that might make me a bit of a hobbit.
Overall, I really like this hobbit house fora lot of reasons.
I love the round shape, I love the naturallight that's coming in from all sides, I love all the different ways that they'veincorporated natural wood into the house, I love all the rafters and everything.
It just has a really warm cozy feeling.
I think the green roof is really helping tokeep this house cool because it's really blazing hot outside right now but we're actually really nice in here.
Feels like there's air conditioning.
This could be a really good option for someonewho's looking to build something really cheap and off the grid but using local materials that seem to bemostly found on site.
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