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Building a real Bag End ? Why not !

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This is my first post :)
I would like to tell you a little story on how I have started several years ago working on a project to build a Bag End replica starting on the Bag End plan which can be found online and scenes from the movies and from Hobbiton.
A few years later I've found a nice land which would be suitable to leave a hobbit life.
A few years later, 2017, I've started the building of the house.

So what do you guys think?
 

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This is my first post :)
I would like to tell you a little story on how I have started several years ago working on a project to build a Bag End replica starting on the Bag End plan which can be found online and scenes from the movies and from Hobbiton.
A few years later I've found a nice land which would be suitable to leave a hobbit life.
A few years later, 2017, I've started the building of the house.

So what do you guys think?
Pretty darn cool!!!

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This is my first post :)
I would like to tell you a little story on how I have started several years ago working on a project to build a Bag End replica starting on the Bag End plan which can be found online and scenes from the movies and from Hobbiton.
A few years later I've found a nice land which would be suitable to leave a hobbit life.
A few years later, 2017, I've started the building of the house.

So what do you guys think?
This is an awesome idea! Bag End (book or movie) is a gorgeous home. I'm really happy for you; it's great that your living out your dream! :D

Keep us posted on the progress! ;)

Edit: Forgot to mention: Welcome to the Fellowship of the Tolkien forums! :)
 

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This is my first post :)
I would like to tell you a little story on how I have started several years ago working on a project to build a Bag End replica starting on the Bag End plan which can be found online and scenes from the movies and from Hobbiton.
A few years later I've found a nice land which would be suitable to leave a hobbit life.
A few years later, 2017, I've started the building of the house.

So what do you guys think?
Oh yeah, sorry I forgot,

WELCOME!!!!

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Thanks guys :) Well it will be an expensive project and I estimate to finish it in 2021. All the rooms that can be seen in the movies will also be visible in my house.
The house will be called Boyar Ilie, in the memory of my grandfather. Boyar was some kind of aristocrat in my parts in the beginning of the 1900's. And my grandfather really was a boyar.
The house is 580m2 or 6243 sq foot.
The land I bought is 5800 m2 or 1.43 acre. The land is at the end of a forest and the terrain is wild. And I love it. It's peace and relaxation.
Also the land is at the bottom of a hill. And on that hill there is a fortified church and it's visible from my land and it's pretty nice.
Here's a look of the village where my land is.
 

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Thanks guys :) Well it will be an expensive project and I estimate to finish it in 2021. All the rooms that can be seen in the movies will also be visible in my house.
The house will be called Boyar Ilie, in the memory of my grandfather. Boyar was some kind of aristocrat in my parts in the beginning of the 1900's. And my grandfather really was a boyar.
The house is 580m2 or 6243 sq foot.
The land I bought is 5800 m2 or 1.43 acre. The land is at the end of a forest and the terrain is wild. And I love it. It's peace and relaxation.
Also the land is at the bottom of a hill. And on that hill there is a fortified church and it's visible from my land and it's pretty nice.
Here's a look of the village where my land is.
Very Cool!!!! I hope it all comes to fruition!!

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And in this picture you can see the fortified church marked with blue and my land marked with red. It's so many trees that you can't see anything. And I like that, nobody knows what I'm building there. In fact nobody knows I am building anything there.
Ah, just like ol' Bilbo himself! Peace, quiet, and time to one's self. I like that. :)

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What a beautiful area! Europe is such a gorgeous place. And it's cool that you have privacy. I also like how you're naming the house after your grandfather. I don't know how you'll be able to wait until its faraway completion lol! :D
 

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Yes the village and nearby landscap is shire alike. And on my property I will make it just like in the shire. For example no cars will be allowed on the property. I am planning to also have some animals, my parents are farmers and they have cows, pigs, sheeps, etc.
Anyway.

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This first picture was taken in 2012, I was only dreaming that maybe I will be lucky enough to buy a land in this village as I was completely in love with it. A college friend was building a house in this village and when I went to him to see his house and saw the landscape of the area I was so impressed that an idea got stuck into my head, that I must also build a house here and live here for the rest of my life. I am suspecting Leonardo DiCaprio had something to do with it.
Later on, in late 2013 or maybe 2014, Leonard stuck another idea in my head " build a real Bag End" :) So started talking with Architects, nobody was taking me seriously. Finally I found a guy online which accepted the job :) And together we made the fantasy in a real house which you can build.
I kept searching for lands but never found something I was looking for. Like 5000+ m2, no neighbour houses around my land, the road accessing the land should not be a public road, somewhere with privacy but not so far away from society.
In 2015 I struck gold. I met by mistake with a realestate Agent, he showed me some lands, I didn't have that much money, he then showed me some other lands, still wasn't good enough and finally, he found this land. I was living in another city at that time, 180 km away. He phone called me and he said get in your car and come here. I have found your land. I was like, yeah, right.
So I met him and I saw the land and I felt instantly in love with it. It was perfect. 100mx50m, straight, no hills, wild, many trees on it, next to a forest, next to a dry lake, right on the base of a hill fortified church. Paradise for me. Access wasn't easy but not a problem with a 4x4 or a little higher clearence car. As you can see here:. That's my father in the car, he's easily scared about stuff :)


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This is 2016 winter.

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Pano early 2017.

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This is entrance point on my land febr 2017.

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This is a picture shoot right about the same area as my profile picture. The road now is way better :)


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Started clearing the entrance point, making room for the middle of the land. I have planned to build the house right in the middle of the land. So I had to build a road for trucks to use to bring materials and concrete. A full concrete truck has 40.000 kg so I had to build a very good raod.


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Spring came.

Will continue to write stuff when I have the time :) Cheers
 

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Yes the village and nearby landscap is shire alike. And on my property I will make it just like in the shire. For example no cars will be allowed on the property. I am planning to also have some animals, my parents are farmers and they have cows, pigs, sheeps, etc.
Anyway.

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This first picture was taken in 2012, I was only dreaming that maybe I will be lucky enough to buy a land in this village as I was completely in love with it. A college friend was building a house in this village and when I went to him to see his house and saw the landscape of the area I was so impressed that an idea got stuck into my head, that I must also build a house here and live here for the rest of my life. I am suspecting Leonardo DiCaprio had something to do with it.
Later on, in late 2013 or maybe 2014, Leonard stuck another idea in my head " build a real Bag End" :) So started talking with Architects, nobody was taking me seriously. Finally I found a guy online which accepted the job :) And together we made the fantasy in a real house which you can build.
I kept searching for lands but never found something I was looking for. Like 5000+ m2, no neighbour houses around my land, the road accessing the land should not be a public road, somewhere with privacy but not so far away from society.
In 2015 I struck gold. I met by mistake with a realestate Agent, he showed me some lands, I didn't have that much money, he then showed me some other lands, still wasn't good enough and finally, he found this land. I was living in another city at that time, 180 km away. He phone called me and he said get in your car and come here. I have found your land. I was like, yeah, right.
So I met him and I saw the land and I felt instantly in love with it. It was perfect. 100mx50m, straight, no hills, wild, many trees on it, next to a forest, next to a dry lake, right on the base of a hill fortified church. Paradise for me. Access wasn't easy but not a problem with a 4x4 or a little higher clearence car. As you can see here:. That's my father in the car, he's easily scared about stuff :)


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This is 2016 winter.

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Pano early 2017.

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This is entrance point on my land febr 2017.

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This is a picture shoot right about the same area as my profile picture. The road now is way better :)


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Started clearing the entrance point, making room for the middle of the land. I have planned to build the house right in the middle of the land. So I had to build a road for trucks to use to bring materials and concrete. A full concrete truck has 40.000 kg so I had to build a very good raod.


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Spring came.

Will continue to write stuff when I have the time :) Cheers
Wow! I am so glad it's working out for you! I hope everything continues to bear good fruit!

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Man it really is beautiful! :D It's so awesome that you finally found the right place and someone to build it for you. :)

Also, it looks nice in the winter and the spring, I do love a "wild" look!
 

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I forgot to mention that I don't have the money to complete house so I decided with my wife that we should build a smaller house but not forget about our dream house. In the future maybe we will manage to get enough funds to start building the Bag End Replica. We have plenty of space on our land to build two houses.
So at the time I made these pictures the plan was to build this traditional house. I had the house plan made by the same Architect, all was left to do was to make the access road more OK, clear the are on my land so large trucks cand carry the materials and the concrete, and find a construction company.
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Back to the land, snow was gone and my father came to help me clear the access area, I was gonna build an access road here.
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As I said in my previous post, the plan was to build the house in the midle of the property as the was some elevation there and I was going to build the house on top of the elevation.
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We have managed to clear the pathway of the road.
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Next let's clear the area where the hould would be built.
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Done!
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Some time later, a neighbour came with some coffee to ask me what I am doing and I told him I'm building a house. He was very happy because he thought somebody bought the land to build houses or apartments for resell :) We quickly made a table and 2 chairs and enjoyed the day :)
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Right about this point, I found a construction company to build the house. And after we shook hands about the building of the house, I started having insomnia. I kept thinking that I will never be able to have so much money cash and what if I will never build the Bag End replica?
So after several nights like this, for real, I couldn't sleep at night, I decided to, f*ck it, I only have one life. I'm gonna start building the Bag End replica.
I met the construction company owner, and I told him, hey, sit down. I have changed my mind. We will build another house. A little bit bigger. How much bigger he asked? Well like 5 times bigger. What???? Yeah. And it's gonna be undeground. What????
So I showed him the plans, we talk a little bit more and he said OK, let's do it :)
Next, I called my Architect. Told him the big news. He was so excited as this is his soul project :)
Next I told this to my best friend, he wasn't that surprised (as he knows I'm impulsive and crazy but still he had a face like " really? " :))
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I'm going to bed now, it's 1.48 AM here :)

Gonna update soon.
 

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I am amazed on how many pictures I took "back then". I don't shoot so many pictures lately :)
In the movies, you can see inside Bag End a plan of the house. You can find that plan on google.
This is the plan:
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I have marked with red all the rooms that can be visible in the movies.
1) Entrance hall
2) The little place after the entrance hall
3) East Hall
4) Atrium
5) West Hall
6) Parlour
7) Kitchen
8) Dining Room
9) Study
10) Bedroom
11) Pantry
The plan is not accurate with the house shown in the movies. For instance in the movies you can clearly see that in right of the entrance door there are two windows for 2 rooms, at the same side, one next to each other. But in the plan there is only one room, the 2nd one is more farther and in another angle.
Also in the Hobbit there a scene where you can see from the oak hall towards the hall going to spare room and you can see the house is way bigger in that part, many other rooms. So i guess they didn't pay attention to details?!
So I decided to make my home outside like Bag End from Hobbiton and inside I should have all the rooms that can be seen in Lord of the Rings movies and the other rooms, well, my choice.
This is the plan of my house which I will call from now on Boyar Ilie:
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This is a photo taken with staying with the back to the house, in the dining area part, and you can see from view from that part of the house. You can see the church fortress on top of the hill.
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And this is a photo of the church fortress:
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We started to mark the house on the ground so we can see how it fits on the elevation:
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Another photo of the entire village in that period, early spring 2017:
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I also started making the access road larger:
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To be continued.
 

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Looks like a lot of work, but fun too! :D Glad you decided to go for it, hope it works out! I never realized Bilbo's house was so big! :eek:
 

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So I was saying in my last post, I started making the access road wider.
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I also asked the operator to dig a hole where I can build a well.
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I put 7 cylinders inside.
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Next day the water level was outside the cylinders. So water will not be a problem. For washing clothes, dishes, etc it will be OK. For consumption we will buy from the market.
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I also asked the operator to dig a hole where I will make a septic tank.
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It should have been smaller but the final capacity was 60 m3 (2118 cubic feet)
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See you guys soon.
 

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Time to prepare the home made septic tank to pour the concrete and iron in the concrete for structural strength.
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The main access road is next to a very small river and I had to make the road accessible for 4o-ton concrete pouring trucks. In one part of the road, the earth fell towards of the river and the trucks guys said they will not pass. The authorities wouldn't care less about this issue and it would take like years before they would make the road that good so I had to take the matter in my own hands. And my own expenses :( "Lucky me".
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These are for the septic tank walls.
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I managed to convince them to come with one car to pour the concrete walls of the septic tank.
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The road is fixed now!
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What do you think about this fairy tale structure? It's called the Castle from earth and it's fairly close to my location, like 45 miles. It's a big tourist attaction.
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Time for work again, started putting rocks on the secondary access road.
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