Since 1995, Bill and his wife, Sue, had been designing and building homes as Blue Sky Ventures and, in 2011, they began constructing little buildings with reclaimed materials and decided to shift focus with Hobbitat when they began work on thirteen cabins for the Blue Moon Rising eco-tourism retreat on Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake.
Initially called “Hobs,” the rental cabins have been dubbed “Waldens” after Henry David Thoreau’s masterpiece. Prefabricated off-site using materials that are local and sustainable, reclaimed, or recycled, each Walden is distinct in personality and design.
Staying in a Walden at Blue Moon Rising gives you access to a variety of educational programs in environmental education, art and design, sustainable construction, wilderness survival, health and wellness, and other sustainability topics.
The property is also open to small groups for conferences and retreats. The Deep Creek Lake region is home to rolling hillsides, dense timber canopies, wildlife, and waterfronts that allow canoeing, kayaking, and pedal boating.
As Hobbitat is wrapping up construction of Waldens at Blue Moon Rising, they are taking requests for custom Hobs that can be based on a Walden or configured to meet the homeowners’ needs and preferences. Structures can be delivered to the home site virtually complete, with the ability to be set and weathertight in one day.