The Hobbit Hutch


by Jim Mangum

The Hobbit Hutch is a 56 square foot vardo/caravan/gypsy wagon with a 20 square foot porch. Inspired by Paleotool’s Gypsy Wagon on Instructables website.

Totally insulated. It has tiny appliances in a tiny kitchen area with working window…jalousie windows on both sides of the bed…transom window above it…artwork/awning/window box on the “romance side” of the wagon…faux wood stove…a/c…bed with pull out dining table…and soon the porch will have a propane outdoor shower and cassette toilet hidden away inside a plywood box seat…all surrounded by outdoor privacy curtains.

It was built on a 8 x 5′ Tractory Supply trailer and we will be using it primarily as a writing studio…my wife and i are both authors…and a guest house when the kids/grandkids come.

Jim Maangum Bastrop, TX

vardo kitchen

vardo bed

fisheye view 1

fisheye view 2

side view

vardo front

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Bert - February 6, 2014 Reply

Trying hard to imagine what it has to do with Hobbits.

    Vicki King - February 6, 2014 Reply

    I am trying hard to imagine why you would comment at all. After having seen such a beautiful, creative, artful piece of construction you felt the need to criticize the name??? The hobbit reference is obviously because it is small and so are they so “hobbit-sized” is what it has to do with them. As you admitted however you find it hard to “imagine” maybe if you tried to be a more positive and congenial person that could help …


      connie - February 8, 2014 Reply

      Well done Vicki…I am always so surprised when people leave negative comments. There are so many creative people on this site, they provide beautiful contributions to those of us that share their passion.

      Todd - February 10, 2014 Reply

      I thought the same thing, and I promise I’m positive and congenial. For one who has read The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to wonder, since hobbit architecture has its own peculiarities, and this doesn’t have any of them. Also, hobbit holes are not small. Honestly, I’m not sure why you saw that as an attack.

      That said, even though it doesn’t have a round door, I think it’s pretty cool.

Sonia - February 6, 2014 Reply

words can’t express how beautiful this is! ?

    DeWhit - February 8, 2014 Reply


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sandy binion - February 6, 2014 Reply

I completely love that pull out table from the bed! Haven’t seen that before.

Well done and happy writing!

    Patrick - February 6, 2014 Reply

    Sandy, I agree the pull-out table is a neat, noteworthy feature. It’s not a novel concept, however, but a very common feature in American Shepherds’ Wagons — or Shepherds’ Huts, as they are referred to in Britain. Internet searches will turn-up numerous examples of such tables. There’s something very charming about them, and I plan to incorporate the same table arrangement in a shepherd hut I am designing and hope to soon build for myself. Clearly, lots of love and attention to detail went into creating “The Hobbit Hutch.” An inspiration for us tiny dwelling folks!

Chrissy - February 6, 2014 Reply

Love it. It is such a welcoming space. The bright colors make it seem bigger than it is. I’m looking forward to finishing our tiny home and making it just as beautiful. 🙂

Patti - February 6, 2014 Reply

what attention to detail and beauty… this just glows…


Mary Collins - February 6, 2014 Reply

This is perfect for a friend of mine! She is like a gypsy writer and this wagon can play as a muse for her!

Corrine - February 6, 2014 Reply

How darn cute is that and what a beautiful use of space inside. Love your little town…what a nice place to live.

Vicki King - February 6, 2014 Reply

I love, love, love this! It is small but has it all anyway.Very creative, imaginative piece of construction.I am a direct descendant of Irish Traveler/Gypsy’s and you must have the spirit/soul of one in your bloodline to design such a great vardo. You could make more and sell them like hotcakes, LOL. Great job!

David Remus - February 6, 2014 Reply

Vardo design is a good place to start for a home this size.

The bright colors are a real nice touch. Even on a foggy day it would glow.

Cozy. A cup of your favorite and a book of poetry would top it off.

joanna jacobson - February 6, 2014 Reply

PERFECT for your writing studio, and for the visiting kids. (I know when being with family, “somehow” there are interruptions maybe every 15 minutes”!) What a great solution. It’s fun, inviting, uplifting, and functional. It makes me smile. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

christine - February 6, 2014 Reply

What a cosmic cerebral playground! Thank you so much for sharing, it’s so beautiful! Happy writing!

Bill Burgess - February 6, 2014 Reply

Great use of color and style. For me I would need the bed to be turned so access to both sides and the bathroom inside…Which is saying a lot if you consider you are only adding four feet Take it out to 12’X7′ frame and leave everything in proportion. I have a workspace kitchen after seeing this that would be a nice addition. Vacuum Pump faucet from a boat on the right and a fold down cutting board on the left with 4″ legs that fit snug to the faucet when down. I should put this on 4Fathoms Designs.I love Vardo’s and caravans.

Bill Burgess - February 6, 2014 Reply

I have the Idea for the kitchen fix but don’t know how to submit it here.

George - February 6, 2014 Reply

I love it! Thanks for the nice mention and the link as well. I’m glad to have inspired someone else to follow their dream too.

Nancy - February 6, 2014 Reply

This is simply darling! I can just imagine how much fun it would be to spend the night in here! Creativity will flow ~ Enjoy your writing and little guests!

mitz - February 7, 2014 Reply

love it…right down to the painted, I am assuming…..cement blck supporting the front!

Beryl - February 7, 2014 Reply

BEAUTIFUL, I love it!

MJ - February 8, 2014 Reply

Just beautiful! Everything is here, bright and light. Well done, happy musing!

Christina Nellemann - February 9, 2014 Reply

It’s darling! I love the murals and the color. Just beautiful.

Erik - February 9, 2014 Reply

Wonderful building! I had not thought it possible to build a completely functional home on such a small frame; I am SO glad to see I was wrong! So nicely finished and decorated, as well – yet uncluttered.

I think that for me, I would have to move the toilet inside; but then, I’m planning on living full-time one of these small homes. Being a smaller fellow myself, I think if I tweaked the layout of this a little, I could manage the adjustments without too much worry of making the interior too tight.

Thank you for sharing; I think you may just have helped solve a good portion of my housing issue!

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