Like any expecting parents, Charlie Hague and Megan Williams of the United Kingdom, wanted to give their son a home he could call his own. But after building their "Lord of the Rings" hobbit-style house, the couple is now struggling to save the structure from being torn down by their local government.
According to the BBC, the two spent a year and a half and nearly $23,000 building their dream home. The problem? They never asked permission from the county's planning commission to build the house in the first place. A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council told the BBC "an enforcement notice has been served on this property" and it is "currently the subject of an enforcement appeal."
Hague admitted to ITV that he and his wife didn't have permission, but also claims they didn't have any other choice. "There are so many hoops you have to jump through, and they just make it near impossible," he told the organization. "And we just needed a house at that time to build for our son."
The unique home is built from locally sourced wood and lime plaster. It has an open kitchen area, a cascading staircase, one bathroom and bedroom. What do you think: should the couple be allowed to keep their home? Or is the county in the right on this one?
Do you have a home story idea or tip? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (PR pitches sent to this address will be ignored.)