IKEA worker fulfils his childhood dream by building a ‘Hobbit house’ in his back garden in Scotland

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An IKEA worker fulfilled his childhood dream by building a 'Hobbit house' in his back garden.

Ali Hughson, 47, has been a fan of JRR Tolkien since he was a teenager and loved the idea of having a Hobbit themed workshop.

Grandad-of-one Ali spent six months and £2,000 building the two-metre-tall shed which even features the iconic round green door made famous in the Peter Jackson films.

Wood artist Ali, who also works at IKEA, said he wanted to make something 'more magical' than a typical garden shed to house his workshop and tools. 

Dad-of-two Ali used timber to build the structure still plans to turf the roof, plant flowers on top to attract bees and install a log burner and chimney in time for winter.

His sons Joe 22 and Jamie ,13 were wowed by the creation.

Ali, from South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, said: "When I was around 13 I read The Hobbit, and then watched the Lord of the Rings movies when they got released. 

"I've been a fan of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings all my life, I just love all that magical stuff. 

"I always liked the idea of the hobbit's houses, the whole idea of being underground and surrounded by nature is cosy. 

"There were illustrations in the books so I kind of had an idea from my younger days, then the movies brought it to life. 

"I just wanted to make something more magical than your normal garden shed. 

"We stayed in Edinburgh ten years ago but didn't have an opportunity as it was a shared garden. 

"When we moved to South Queensferry, we had our own garden and there was a shed but it had seen better days, so I decided then to make it more special. 

"I needed a workshop, so I decided to knock the shed down and build it there in the garden. 

"We designed it to the shape of the garden. 

"We started the planning three years ago, and it took overall six months to finish. 

"The last couple of years we have been too busy to put on the finishing touches."

Ali said it was a challenge to fit the round door but is delighted with his Hobbit house workshop, which his son loves playing in.

He said: "It's a timber-framed building, we started off by putting posts into the ground and putting a level bedding on it. 

"We then used low-cost wood for the cladding and spent weeks sanding it down. 

"It took some figuring out how to install the door, but it wasn't tricky as first thought. 

"We started with an octagon shape framework then I bent wood round to make the circular frame. 

"It was a relief when I realised it would fit. 

"Now we just need to put some grass on the roof and install a log burner. 

"It looks really small at the front, but it's got an extra metre at the back. 

"We've slanted the roof so it's got good head height in it, it's certainly not just for hobbits. 

"It's about two metres high, and two to three metres in width.

"It cost around £2,000 all in. 

"I do most of my work in there now. 

"My neighbours love it, they watched me build it from scratch. 

"As does my youngest son of 13, he loves playing in it. 

"I'm looking forward to my granddaughter getting a bit older to appreciate it, as she is a bit too young right now.  

"I'm really proud of it, really happy we decided to go down the route of a magical-looking workshop."

To see Ali's artwork visit www.Facebook.com/TheWoodartWorkshop

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