While the tiny house movement has been gaining more and more traction, one man has already planned and developed his own, designed to send you back in time. “Underhill” is an incredible, hobbit-like eco-cave house built into the hillside of a Waikato (New Zealand) farm. The house is cleverly constructed to resemble a cave and looks like something Bilbo Baggins would be proud to call home. This earth-built house has no electricity, uses local stone and wood, and features rustic materials which make it look like it is straight from The Lord of the Rings movies. Bryce and his team at Living Big in a Tiny House have done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of this unique and rustic tiny home. Below are some pictures of this amazing house. You can also watch the full video and interview with the man who designed and built this inspiring, magical, and eco friendly home below.
The cave is situated amongst some of the most breathtaking natural scenery, with incredible gardens and a spectacular feature pond in the middle. The area surrounding Underhill Valley is a working farm with cattle and even lamas, who often come down to visit the cave house.
A sturdy country-style kitchen adds even more character to the home, while also being fully functional. The cupboards are all made out of heavy duty macrocarpa and the iron-work is all custom made.
Everything inside this tiny cave house has been expertly crafted out of high quality materials. The end result is a beautiful, cosy home filled with rustic charm. The round table in the centre of the house creates a fantastic area for entertaining and socialising.
The sleeping area is just beautiful. The custom made bed is an unusual shape but wonderfully comfortable. A skylight above the bed has been cleverly fashioned out of an old car windshield, allowing you to watch the stars above from the comfort of your own bed.
There is no electricity at Underhill, so night time is filled with the beauty of candlelight. The decision not to run power to the cave house was made to help fortify its role as a true place of escape. Having no power encourages people to leave their phones and computers behind and enjoy relaxing in the wonderful natural environment.
Outside the bathroom cave sits a beautiful cast iron outdoor tub. In the daytime, this tub enjoys spectacular views of the valley and pond feature, and at night, unrivalled views of the night sky above.
To WATCH the Full Interview and Tour of the Eco Cave House See Below