Man builds the & # 39; modern hobbit house & # 39; under a hill to escape the harsh elements – complete with a chic lounge retreat, luxury spa bathrooms and Wi-Fi
- An Australian man built his own & # 39; hobbit house & # 39; in a small town near Perth
- Nigel Kirkwood worked on the design with the Sydney-based company Baldwin O & # 39; Bryan
- The tunnel-like property is reinforced with steel to protect against the elements
- The sustainable home offers the same temperature all year round
- The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is on the market for $ 995,000
A & # 39; modern hobbit house & # 39; under a hill has aroused much interest among aspiring homeowners.
Nigel Kirkwood, from Western Australia, built the sustainable residence in the small town of Quindalup, southwest of Perth, in an effort to protect an & # 39; earth-protected, sustainable and peaceful & # 39; create a home.
Designed in collaboration with Sydney-based architects Baldwin O & # 39; Bryan, the quirky two-bedroom house features a stylish kitchen and lounge, two luxury spa bathrooms and recycled wood floors throughout.
The real estate is on the market for $ 995,000.
This modern hobbit house southwest of Perth is made from sustainable materials and is powered by solar panels
Completed in 2016, the Quindalup hobbit house sits on more than two acres of land strewn with citrus, avocado, banana and mango trees and offers beautiful views of bushland and the countryside.
The building is built with thick steel and a waterproof earth cover that maintains a constant temperature throughout the year.
Bushes and grass planted on the roof create thermal energy in the house.
Solar panels generate light and hot water, while sliding doors with double glazing and a thermal frame protect the home against storms of up to 100 km.
The unique home has a stylish kitchen and a vast lounge
The building is covered with thick steel and a waterproof earth cover that maintains a constant temperature throughout the year
A garage for three cars is adjacent to the main house, which is surrounded by an outside terrace, perfectly positioned for winter sun and summer.
The house is equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports.
The tunnel-like home was modeled after the industrial semi-underground structures built by mining companies in Western Australia.
The tunnel-like house was modeled on the industrial structures built by mining companies in Western Australia
The building has two luxury bathrooms with spa baths and showers
& # 39; As a young guy, I always loved hobbit houses, & # 39; said Mr. Kirkwood RealEstate.com.au.
& # 39; When I was growing up, I spent 31 years in Karratha, in the Pilbara region, so I worked around the big mines. They used these massive steel structures on their rail lines … so I had seen them everywhere.
& # 39; When it came to me to build a house, I couldn't believe it when I found an architect at Baldwin O & # 39; Bryan in Sydney [who actually wanted to turn these things into houses! & # 39;
The unique house becomes & # 39; a work of art & # 39; mentioned
Stocker Preston Dunsborough estate agent Tony Farris said that the individuality of the property has led to a stream of interest.
& # 39; It is absolutely super unique. It is a work of art, & said Mr. Farris.
Mr. Kirkwood has offered for sale the real estate in Quindalup because he plans to spend time traveling before embarking on his next project, a German-style passive house made of wood.
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