Since this post on Fascinating Underground Homes has been our most popular thus far, we could not overlook the Hobbit Home. Turns out, you don’t have to be an architect to design and build a beautiful, cozy, low-energy home. With £3,000 (about $4,500), a few simple tools, and a little help from his father-in-law and friends, Simon Dale constructed an extraordinary hobbit home that has virtually no visual or environmental impact on its surrounding landscape. Using locally-sourced and natural materials taken from the nearby woodlands, alternative energy sources, and a lot of imagination, the self-styled builder created a gentle, naturally-lit family home that exists in total harmony with nature. It looks like something straight out of a children’s book. Check out the images below and click through to Inhabitat for the full post.