Kristie Wolfe Builds an Amazing Underground Hobit House
Kristie Wolfe is great at finding cheap land in beautiful spots. Building from her success creating a Hawaiian treehouse on land she bought for around $8000, she sought land in the Pacific Northwest. She scored a piece of off grid raw land that was for sale for $18,000 in the hills above Lake Chelan, Washington. There she starting building her latest project…. A underground Hobit inspired mini house.
“There’s a lot of land everywhere, if you look on craigslist, if you look on zillow, you can find property so it’s not really that there’s not a lot. The issue is with property that’s in my price range- I’m looking for property that’s $10,000 to 20,000- usually there’s a reason why it’s cheap, it’s either an easement problem or you have to drive through a crappy neighborhood… but if you’re wanting to be off-grid, it opens up a whole world of selections, there’s a ton out there.”
She paid $18,000 for 5 acres on a hillside above Lake Chelan, Washington. The site was too far down a dirt road, so there was no option to have power. No problem, Wolfe put in a solar panel, septic and a water tank (filled by truck for now) and began to dig the first of her underground home.
At 288 square feet, Wolfe’s “tiny house in the shire” was over the maximum square footage allowed for an un-permitted build so she went to the county for approval. With only hand-sketched plans on graph paper, she was able to get a permit.
The structure had to be very strong so that it could be buried in the ground and protected from water, snow and just the weight and power of the earth pushing on it. It took a few weeks to build with a small crew she put together.
Filming credit: Ivan Nanney- IvanTheIntrepid.com
[Kristie’s “Tiny House in the Shire” rents on Airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8794484]