Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter. Lloyd Kahn.

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.

Shelter Publications, 01/2012. Item #25468
ISBN: 9780936070520

From the Publisher;


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. In this book are
some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny
homes (under 500 sq. ft.). 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.


At the heart of our 1973 book Shelter were drawings of 5 small
buildings, which we recommended as a starting point in providing one's own home.
Now, almost 40 years later, there's a growing tiny house movement all over the
world – which we've been tracking over the past two years. Many people have
decided to scale back, to get by with less stuff, to live in smaller homes. 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 "inlaw" or "granny flats" in the back yard. There are innovative
solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo. There are numerous blogs
and websites with news, photos, and/or plans for tiny homes, documented here.


If you're thinking of scaling back, you'll find plenty of inspiration here.
Here's a different approach, a 180º turn from increasing consumption. Here are
builders, designers, architects (no less), dreamers, artists, road gypsies, and
water dwellers who've achieved a measure of freedom and independence by taking
shelter into their own hands.


About the Author;


Lloyd Kahn ran a newspaper in the U.S. Air Force in the late '50s,
worked as an insurance broker for five years in San Francisco, then as a
carpenter for about ten years. He was the shelter editor of the early Whole
Earth Catalogs,
published Domebook One in 1970, Domebook 2 in
1971, and Shelter in 1973. He lives with his wife Lesley on a half-acre
homestead in Northern California.


228 pages, paperback. Shelter Publications, (January, 2012)

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Price: $24.95

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