So, you're interested in all things Tolkien, are you? Have you been trying to figure out how you can convince your wife to let you build a hobbit hole in the backyard? Well, if you have, then this article is for you. The domed roof of a hobbit hole has a lot of great features, so a convincing argument isn't hard to make. Creating your argument is broken into these two steps: determine what to make and explain the benefits of domed roofing.
First: Determine What to Use Your Hobbit Hole For
Your first item of business is to convince your wife that a hobbit hole would benefit both of you. You have to decide what she really wants, and twist it to suit what you want, too. This shouldn't be too tricky – hobbit holes have multiple uses. Here's a short list to help you start brainstorming:
- Playhouse: A small hobbit hole makes a great playhouse for small children. Your design can be simple or complex. You can even order kits to help you create a domed playhouse. If you have the spirit of adventure, however, you can create your own. Another couple's ambition has taken them on "an unexpected journey" like Bilbo. You can read about their experiences in designing their own hobbit hole here.
- New Shed: Who says sheds can't be round? If you've been talking about fixing up or replacing an old, leaky shed, start talking domed roof. The round design will really benefit you. But that's outlined in more detail below.
- Guest House: If you're the type of person who loves it when family comes to visit, but still like the privacy of your own home, a guest house might be the way to go. And you can give your guests a new experience by letting them live in a hobbit home for a few days. The guest house could become your getaway or a fun place for kids to have movie nights and sleepovers.
Next: Address the Roofing Benefits of Hobbit Holes
While you may need the help of a contractor or roofing specialist to complete your hobbit home, the benefits of a domed roof are worth enlisting help. Persuade your wife that this is the best feature of the hobbit hole – and not just for its unique appearance. Domed is the way to go because it:
- Insulates Well: Dome-shaped roofs help trap heat. They make good insulators, which is great for cooler climates. But hobbits can dwell in warm climates, too. Simply pick your roofing material carefully to keep your hobbit hole comfortable and cozy as any good hobbit home should be. For good ventilation and lower temperatures inside your hobbit hole, use thatch or grass (stay true to Tolkien lore).
- Is Waterproof: Okay, so any properly-roofed home is waterproof. But domed roofs are less susceptible to water damage and rot because water naturally runs off the surface of the roof. Roofing materials such as shingles, metal, and rubber are good in wet climates because they last a long time and keep the interior of your hole warm and dry.
- Is Secure: Domed roofs are pretty secure. Because of their shape, wind blows around them in a storm. Flat roofs sustain more damage in storms than domed roofs, meaning that if you don't get your hobbit hole, you'll be out fixing up the kid's playhouse or your shed on a regular basis.
- Has Dual Purpose: If you go the living roof route, there are so many added benefits of a hobbit home over other structures. Living roofs help make the air cleaner, last a long time, insulate well and are one of the best ways to prevent leaking. But the dual purpose is that your wife doesn't have to sacrifice her gardening space. She can plant vegetables or flowers right on the hobbit hole.
Convincing your wife that you need a hobbit hole in your backyard shouldn't be too hard. All you have to do is decide how to use it, and then outline the advantages a hobbit hole has over other structures. Make special note of the domed roof, which – depending on how it's used – protects your little tykes, tools, or in-laws from the elements.
For more information about the benefits of a domed roof, contact a local roofing company, like Acoma Roofing.Share