We're on our last day - many thanks to all who have brought us so successfully to this point!
Whittenberg Country School is a small, one-room, elementary school that started in the fall of 2011. That fall, we read "The Hobbit" as a class, and later that year, the kids chose "hobbits" as our school mascot.
What, then, could be better for a school such as ours than to have a child-sized hobbit house for the kids to play in? Thanks to some talented people in the WCS family, we've got what we think is a pretty good design for a hobbit house, using a concrete barrel arch as the main structure, and in the process of building it, the kids will get to try their hands at a goodly number of traditional crafts, such as wood-working, masonry, metal-working, and even stained-glass. The finished product, then, would be a beautiful and sturdy hobbit house that will be used by generations of children in the school and in the neighborhood, as well as a proven set of plans and a how-to guide that will be made freely available on the web, for all who would like to build their own hobbit houses.
Backers can be a part of this project, which will help kids learn about various crafts, which will give them a great space for creative, imaginative play, and which will help others to do the same. Thanks for reading!
Now that we've reached our basic funding goal (thanks to all of our backers!), it's time to add some stretch goals!
$1250 - TARGET REACHED! We'll be able to add a nice stone patio in front of the hobbit house (plus a bit of concrete for the student-hobbits to leave their handprints in).
$1500 - TARGET REACHED! We'll be able to add a small fireplace, with a chimney sticking up above the grassy roof (plus a mantle on which to place trinkets that our little hobbits find on their adventures).
$2000 - If we hit this target, we'll be able to add a second room off of the main room of the hobbit house (plus adding a good bit of space to allow for more hobbits to enjoy the house at the same time).
Thanks for checking out the Home-built Hobbit House!
Risks and challenges
We'll need to practice a variety of crafts to pull this off, including woodworking, masonry, and metalworking, but we have various families in our school with experience in these areas, so all of this should be doable... of course, as with any hands-on creative project, it doesn't always turn out exactly as one would expect (but that's part of the learning experience, too).
We also may run into some unexpected costs, but our budget should cover our basic hobbit house design, especially with the donations that we've received from families in the school, such as a load of granite for the stonework and some beautiful 3/4 inch oak flooring. The biggest cost is that of the concrete, rebar, and such, but that's a fairly straightforward calculation, based on the engineering (did we mention we also have engineers, in some of our school families, to lend a hand?).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Building the hobbit house is a school project, with a lot of components (including masonry, woodworking, and other crafts), which the schoolkids will be working on over the course of the second half of the year, and the plans will evolve as the project does, with a lot of input from the kids, so we want to wait until that process is complete (and we know how our plans work in the real world) before we send out the plans (and all the rest) to our backers.
Our school year and the project will end in May, so the rewards will go out in June.
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