Rocy Pillsbury and his wife Melissa, you might say, are avid J.R. Tolkien fans. According to Fair Companies, when they had children, they decided to build a "hobbit hole" playhouse for them with the intention of marketing it to others as well. What they found though was adults were just as interested in procuring their own Tolkien-inspired homesteads.
The pair began the company Wooden Wonders, which Fair Companies notes is licensed by Middle Earth Enterprises, to build the structures as chicken coops, sheds, playhouses and guest cottages. Wooden Wonders, Melissa says, is the "only hobbit hole company in the world."
Melissa explains that they build both subterranean -- a more expensive variety -- and above-ground hobbit holes. She says their interpretation of how the hobbit homes look are an "intersection of practicality of what you can practically build and that imaginary aspect of what the mind's eye created and applying that to what can be made into an actual structure."
According to Fair Companies, the hobbit holes by the Maine-based builders go for about $1,000 up to $20,000 for a larger luxurious version. The chicken coops start at $999 and a 16-foot diameter, 8-foot 2-inch-tall cottage with insulation, finished flooring and windows range from $15,000 to $20,000. Their largest custom hobbit hole is about 200 square feet.
"The idea of a hobbit hole isn't really age specific," Melissa said. "It's something unique and people like seeing something different in kind of a cookie-cutter world where we just see a lot of the same things repeated all the time."
Check out Fair Companies' footage of the hobbit holes:
Find more of the hobbit holes by Wooden Wonders here.