Off-Grid Solar Powered Hobbit Home - Kristie Wolfe Tells Her Story


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Categories: Homes / Dwellings, TinyHouse, Nature, Education, DIY, Construction Methods, Inspiration

Kirsten Dirksen of faircompanies.com always manages to capture the most beautiful small dwellings and the stories behind their construction!  Be sure to follow her youtube channel for continuously great content!

Beautifully stained chess table

The home is completely off-grid, and the power system consists of three 100 watt solar panels, an inverter, and two 6-volt batteries. Water is delivered to a nearby water tower that feeds the home, while waste goes into a septic tank. A gray water system filters and redistributes waste water to the grass. Heating comes in the form of a propane fireplace in the living room.

“We made the building super sturdy to withstand the weight of being buried,” explains Wolfe. “2×6 studs on 12-inch centers and 3/4-inch marine plywood. Then we wrapped the exterior with Certainteed ice guard and house wrap and also used a moisture guard insulation by Certainteed as well to combat any water issues we might experience being underground. There’s also a French drain around the whole perimeter. Plus since there a heap of soil on all but one side it is incredibly well insulated and super quiet inside.”

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