If you have ever seen The Hobbit movie, you will no doubt
be familiar with the types of underground cottages that
are inhabited by these little folk. While the villages
that they live in are nothing but the imagination of a
brilliant writer put on screen, there are also real underground
homes out there that people live in year round. Obviously,
the homes that we are talking about in this category are
a good deal larger and more spacious than those occupied
by the Hobbit's.
Gary Neville's Underground Cottage
You are probably wondering why anyone would ever consider
burrowing into the ground to create a living space. There
are all kinds of different reasons, with one of the most
common being to create a much more private space.
As you might imagine, an underground cottage needs a
fair bit of private land in order to be built, which means
getting out of the city and away from it all when you
build. An example of this can be seen in the home of former
football star Gary Neville, whose underground home looks
like a giant petal when viewed from above. You might not
even know it was there if it were not for that overhead
Mr. Neville's home clocks in at a massive 8,000 square
feet, yet it requires very little in the way of energy
consumption. That is another reason why underground homes
are popular with many. They are often designed in a way
that pulls in natural light, and where eco-friendly systems
can be used to deliver energy, water, and more. Those
looking to get off the grid and go to a self-sustaining
lifestyle see underground homes as the way in which they
can effectively do that.
Yet, most underground homes are not mansions. In general,
they are rather modest in comparison to many above ground
houses. Some describe these subsurface dwellings as underground
cottages because of their quaint size.
Now, you might imagine that an underground cottage would
not have the curb appeal that many traditional homes have,
but you would need to think again. There are a number
of underground dwellings that have an aesthetically pleasing
entrance exposed to the world, with the interior of the
home set under the ground and out of site.
There are some that are built into hillsides, much like
in The Hobbit, while others are constructed on the outside
of caves . The latter of that pairing tends to be particularly
dramatic looking both inside and out, and is actually
a common location given the natural heating and cooling
benefits provided by such a space.
What is truly amazing is what you see once you step inside
these stunning underground abodes. If you were blindfolded
and taken inside, you would have a hard time telling the
interior space from that of a traditional home.
The absence of windows might be a giveaway in some, but
not in those that have the sort of open front entrance
that we spoke about earlier in the piece. If it's something
secluded, easy to maintain, and out of the ordinary that
you are looking for in your next property, we may suggest
you look at an underground cottage.