A Hobbit House

With a historical base, Gary Zuker built his hobbit house with a clay and straw mix.

To ensure the best placement, Gary, below left, placed windows after the house was already framed. All the windows in the cottage are either salvaged or handmade by Gary and his wife, Delores. Gary “engineered” the home’s ­scissor-truss system of loblolly pine by choosing boards that looked right and fitting them together. He counted on the strength of the cob walls to allow him some breathing room.