Building a hobbit house: 'A lot of it was learn-as-you-go'

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Chris Whited of Bainbridge Island, Wash. works on his cottage on Bainbridge Island Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. The new 1,200-square-foot house already dwarfs two cottages the 59-year-old contractor has built on his property. A few years ago, Whited took a trip to Cannon Beach, Ore., and spotted a garden shed with an oddly sloped roof. When he got home, he decided to use the shed as a model for a very fancy chicken coop. The result was a quaint henhouse with a curved roofline and neatly trimmed windows. "The neighbors call it a hobbit house, among other things," Whited said. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)