Firefighter Starts Business Selling Bespoke Lord of the Rings-Style Hobbit Holes
A firefighter has decided to turn his love of ‘middle earth’ into a business venture by setting up his own company building Hobbit houses.
Matt Wright, 32, built a “Lord of the Rings”-inspired house in his own garden—and decided to start his own business after receiving positive feedback.
He built the structure in the summer, which took around five weeks to complete, and now uses it as an outdoor bar.
The starting price for a bespoke adult-size house is £7,995 ($11,000) with each price varying depending on what the customer wants—with a replica of Bilbo Baggins’ Bag End costing around £50,000 ($69,200).
The ‘modular system’ means there is no limit to the shape or size of the design and different modules can be used to make T, Y, or X-shaped layouts, available within four to six weeks.
Matt, who has been a firefighter for seven years, lives in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in the UK with his fiancée Jules Ling, 30 and plans to use his own Hobbit hole as a bar on the wedding day.
He even proposed to his fiancée on Christmas Day 2015 by giving her riddles based on a scene from “The Hobbit.”
Wright said he learned his carpentry skills from a five-year stint as an engineer in the army before he became a firefighter.
He said: “I’ve always been quite entrepreneurial—from a business sense that’s been in the back of my mind.
“The combination of being a craftsman as well as the love for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ films is where the idea came from.”
The houses are made from high-density polyethylene, which Wright said is “basically recycled plastic.”
“The whole structure will last 125 years which is out of the world in comparison with anything else in the market,” Wright said.
“It’s eco-friendly as well as an added bonus—we can make the environment a better place as well as making pretty cool spaces.”
He said it takes around four to six weeks to construct one of the houses, a process that includes a consultation at a customer’s house. The company then builds the house in their workshop then transports and installs it.
Hobbit House Ltd launched around two weeks ago and, while they have not had any orders yet, they have had a number of inquiries which they hope will turn into solid orders.
Matt, who also runs a successful luxury boarding cattery from his home, added: “I love being a firefighter but I am really passionate about Hobbit House.
“I could see it growing to a point where I may have to consider leaving the fire service but for the near future at least I am going to continue to be a serving firefighter as well as run the Hobbit House business.”
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