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Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter [Paperback]

Lloyd Kahn
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Jan. 24 2012
Homeowners, designers, architects (no less), road gypsies, water dwellers, dreamers, people of all ages, all over the world are making do creatively with under-500 sq. ft. shelters.This graphic-heavy book will document the current tiny house movement, showing people who have chosen to scale back in the 21st century.
There's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays – many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter – seeking an alternative to high rents, or a lifelong mortgage debt to a bank on an overpriced home. Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses.

There are 1,300 photos, showing a rich variety of small homemade shelters, and there are stories (and thoughts and inspirations) of the owner-builders who are on the forefront of this new trend in downsizing and self-sufficiency. You can buy a ready-made tiny home, build your own, get a kit or pre-fab, or live in a bus, houseboat, or other movable shelter. Some cities have special ordinances for building "in-law" or "granny flats" in the back yard. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo.

If you're thinking of scaling back, you'll find plenty of inspiration shown by builders, designers, architects, dreamers, artists, road gypsies, and water dwellers who've achieved a measure of freedom and independence by taking shelter into their own hands.

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"I started building almost 50 years ago, and have lived in a self-built home ever since. If I'd been able to buy a wonderful old good-feeling house, I might have never started building. But it was always cheaper to build than to buy, and by building myself, I could design what I wanted and use materials I wanted to live with.

I set off to learn the art of building in 1960. I liked the whole process immensely. Hammering nails. Framing - delineating space. Nailing down the sub-floor, the roof decking. It's a thrill when you first step on the floor you've just created.

Ideally I'd have worked with a master carpenter long enough to learn the basics, but there was never time. I learned from friends and books and by blundering my way into a process that required a certain amount of competence. My perspective was that of a novice, a homeowner - rather than a pro. As I learned, I felt that I could tell others how to build, or at least get them started on the path to creating their own homes.

Through the years I've personally gone from post and beam to geodesic domes to stud frame construction. It's been a constant learning process, and this has led me into investigating many methods of construction - I'm interested in them all. For five years, the late '60s to early '70s, I built geodesic domes. I got into being a publisher by producing Domebook One in 1970 and Domebook 2 in 1971. I then gave up on domes (as homes) and published our namesake Shelter in 1973. We've published books on a variety of subjects over the years, and returned to our roots with Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter in 2004, Builders of the Pacific Coast, and The Barefoot Architect in 2008.

Building is my favorite subject. Even in this day and age, building a house with your own hands can save you a ton of money (I've never had a mortgage) and - if you follow it through - you can get what you want in a home." - Lloyd Kahn

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational June 20 2012
This is a wonderful book - full of great ideas including lessons on fully utilizing our living space. After reading, one must ask "Do we really need so much stuff around us?" Next time you are cleaning your house, think how nice (& fast) it would be if it was only a couple of hundred square feet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I first found this while browsing in a book store some time ago and the only reason I didn't buy it then was because of a mile-long line at the cash register and an impending appointment across town. I vowed to come back for it but, of course, it was forgotten for some months. Fast forward to writing my Christmas Amazon wish list when it sprung to mind again and, happily, it appeared under the tree!
This is one of those books where it matters not if have little or no previous interest in the subject matter as it is put together in such a way that you are drawn to each project that appeals to you as you flip through for the first time. A second, slower, browse will pick out things you missed the first time and you will finally set this book on the coffee table and work your way though it with a new interest and visions of how your own Tiny Home would look. You'll find yourself starting a mental list of all the things you can really live without to enable you down-size your life into a space you'd think twice about trying to squeeze your car into. I think the secret of the instant attraction of the book is the way it is set out as a page per project (some extend to two) in an over-sized magazine style, rather than as a reference manual that is sprinkled with examples of build projects along the way. I think that would lose people who are new to the concept and it would certainly lose the 'wow factor' that you get as you stumble across a particularly amazing home spread across a page. Most homes are introduced and described by the author but there is as section where the owners/builders have submitted stories in their own words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, A Great Read Dec 17 2013
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Well written with many topics for building your own tiny home. Plenty of pictures and illustrations complement the text.
This one belongs on your bookshelf to help stimulate imagination and provide motivation to get involved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great July 31 2013
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Loads of examples, instructions, ideas. Awesome photos, could use a little more text. Now I've really just gotta build it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars building houses Dec 24 2012
By bry
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exellent buy for the money, dont need to learn much to make it an great value, will go back for more
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