Habitat Hobbits Build A Playhouse To Support Affordable Housing – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 9/21/2020 at 4:18pm

This Hobbit house is being auctioned by Habitat for Humanity. (Photo courtesy of Roy Hill)

Transylvania Habitat for Humanity has announced a new fundraiser to support its mission of building affordable homes for low-income families in Transylvania County.

Habitat is holding a silent auction for a whimsical 8-foot by 10-foot Hobbit House.

Construction manager Mike Krauter and a few Habitat volunteers built the 2020 Hobbit House with culled material donated by Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware. Extra materials needed were funded by a micro-grant from Thrivent Financial.

The Hobbit House is custom-made with a high quality of workmanship and finishings. It features a rounded shingled roof, a semi-round stoop, a solid wood round door and round working windows. The inside has "marble like" tile floors, lap wood interior side walls, and is finished with a natural tongue and groove wooden ceiling. There is also a small loft for little Hobbits to sleep inside.

Angie Hunter, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said, "We are grateful to Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware for donating most of the materials used to build the Hobbit House and to Thrivent Financial for their financial support. One hundred percent of the funds raised will be used to buy materials needed to build an affordable home for Bonnie Miller in Rosman this year."

The ReStore, located at 690 Ecusta Road in Brevard, is taking in-person silent auction bids for the Hobbit House. Bidding will end on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. The opening bid was $700 and the highest bid is currently $1,800. There is a buy-it-now price of $5,000, in which case all bidding will conclude and the winner will be announced. Local transport in Transylvania County is included for the winning bidder.

Visit the Transylvania Habitat ReStore Face Book Page at facebook.com/transylvaniahabitat for more pictures of this little Hobbit home.


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