It has slanted walls, rounded doorways, an undulating roofline and soon an operating water wheel.
But constructing what residents in Bainbridge Island, Washington see as a 'Hobbit house,' is a 6.1ft tall man.
'A lot of it was learn-as-you-go,' Chris Whited told the Kitsap Sun of his 1,200-square foot house seen under construction from the roadside by often curious and astonished passersby.
'I didn't know how some of the corners would come together. I thought, "We'll worry about that when we get there,"' he said of his handiwork.
The 59-year-old contractor said he decided to build the house after trying the fanciful design on a henhouse and a playhouse for his grandchildren.
After much success with those, albeit both labour and lumber intensive, he started laying the home's foundation a little over a year ago.Since, he's chipped away at it using whatever spare time he can get.
|Underway: Mr Whited's water wheel is seen under construction, something he feels adds a little magic or charm to the house|
He says the work would go faster if he didn't get so many visitors driving up and asking questions, but they always serve as a good reminder for him to break.
A one bedroom featuring a living area, garage and bathroom, the home also features a covered porch in the backyard.Adding a red spinning wheel to its side, Mr Wited said he plans to have water run from its top down into a pond at its base, something he shares his wife thinking he's a bit crazy for doing.
'I think it adds a little magic or charm to the place,' he said of its addition.Choosing to share his masterpiece with others, Mr Whited said once finished he plans to turn the home into a vacation rental.