Hobbit HouseI have only a limited idea of what building codes are like in other places. Here in my neck of the woods -- Kansas, yes, we have woods -- they are pretty strict. I suppose that they have largely to do with preventing fires from spreading from house to house and with minimizing the number of houses that collapse. However, it takes all the fun out of building when you must use certain types of materials and can not build underground.
So, here is the current happy reason for the misery I feel about my own area. In a land known for all of its painful rules, someone built a Hobbit-looking house. It is nothing less than beautiful. Yes, a couple in Wales with limited building skills and a bit of help from their friends was allowed to create this, while I am restricted to beige boxes. Well done, Simon and Jasmine. Well done, Wales.