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Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the 21st Century

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The house I grew up in (with my sister, my two parents, a constant but ever-changing assortment of critters, and all the associated clutter one might expect) was 800 sq. ft. In a word: tiny.

But the homes in Lloyd Kahn's Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter give my childhood home a run for its money. Tiny Homes showcases a fantastic assortment of structures under 500 sq. ft. What these buildings lack in square footage, they deliver in character, affordability, energy efficiency, and, in some cases, portability! From prefab tiny homes to tree houses, boathouses, hobbit homes, houses on wheels, and, my personal favorite, the pumphouse-turned-chicken-coop-turned-stationary-yacht, this book is a treasure trove of micro-inspiration, and a testament to the benefits of scaling down.
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Publisher Comments:

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.

Book News Annotation:

From the author of Shelter, the 1973 seminal work on historical, small scale, and do-it-yourself home design and building, this utterly charming volume on tiny houses examines trends in conservation and moderation that have led to a resurgence in small, custom, and sustainable dwellings. The volume is divided into sections covering permanent homes, tiny homes on wheels, designs by architects, prefabs and kits, straw bale/cob, tree houses, mobile homes, and houseboats. Each featured home includes numerous color photographs of the project and architectural details, as well as commentary on the philosophies, motivations, and techniques of the builders. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

These days, 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 is a real and powerful alternative to high rents, or a lifelong obligation to a bank on an overpriced home.

The heart of our 1973 book Shelter was on small buildings, which we recommended as a starting point in providing one's own living space. Now, almost 40 years later, there's a significant tiny house movement all over the world -which we've been tracking over the past year.

John Field sold his 2800 sq. ft. house in upstate New York and built a 128 ft. cabin in the high Texas desert. The "Lady on the Road" (who wishes to remain anonymous), has been living full-time in a highly decorated bus since she was 51 (she's now 72). A couple in British Columbia have a houseboat with adjacent floating garden. A rustic cabin has been built on a remote beach in Mendocino, inspired by our book Shelter, and reachable only by boat. A lot of small houses have been built on trailers, so they can be moved around and don't necessarily require land ownership.

More and more people are living in buses, trucks, houseboats, and other movable shelters. There are a large number of prefabs and kits now available. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo. There are numerous websites with news, photos, and/or plans for tiny houses.

This is going to be a spectacular book, no kidding! It will be our first major building block since Builders of the Pacific Coast was published in 2008. Like our other building books, it will have at least 1000 photos, along with stories, interviews, and insights from people who have chosen to scale back in the 21st century.

About the Author

"I started building almost 50 years ago, and have lived in a self-built home ever since. If Id 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. Its a thrill when you first step on the floor youve just created.

Ideally Id 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 Ive personally gone from post and beam to geodesic domes to stud frame construction. Its been a constant learning process, and this has led me into investigating many methods of construction — Im 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. Weve 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 (Ive never had a mortgage) and — if you follow it through — you can get what you want in a home." —Lloyd Kahn

Table of Contents

Tiny Homes on Foundations

For the Love of Snow . . . 2

The Sugar Shack . . . 12

Little House in the Backyard . . . 14

The Field Lab . . . 18

LaMars $2,000 Solar Cabin . . . 20

The Shed of Reality . . . 22

Backyard Chicken Coop Yacht . . . 24

House for One Person . . . 28

14´ × 14´ Post and Beam . . . 30

Rich in the Woods . . . 32

$1,000 Cabin on the Coast . . . 33

Arts Bedroom . . . 34

Small Structures . . . 36

The Phoenix Commotion . . . 38

Ons Tweede Huis . . . 40

Kim and Jonnys Cabin . . . 42

Tiny Texas Houses . . . 44

Rethinking Normal . . . 50

Friends in High Places . . . 51

Tiny Homes on Wheels

Jalopy Cabins . . . 52

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses . . . 54

Little House on the Trailer . . . 58

Oregon Cottage Company . . . 60

Jenines Two Tiny Houses . . . 62

ProtoHaus . . . 66

Building a Tiny House on Wheels . . . 68

Pallet House Project . . . 69

Tiny Homes by Architects

Judith Mountain Cabin . . . 70

Prefab Cottage . . . 72

Jeffery Broadhurst . . . 74

Tokyo Capsule Hotel . . . 78

TYIN Tegnestue Architects . . . 80

weeHouses . . . 82

Prefabs and Kits

Reclaimed Space . . . 84

Small House Innovation . . . 86

Bungalow in a Box . . . 87

Cabana Village . . . 88

YardPods . . . 89

Montana Mobile Cabins . . . 90

Toms Cabin . . . 92

More Prefabs and Kits . . . 94

Online Building . . . 98

Earthy Materials

Hanis Man Cave . . . 100

Bill and Athena Steen . . . 102

Hobbit House in Wales . . . 108

Ziggys Cob Cottage . . . 110

The Laughing House . . . 114

The Mudgirls of BC . . . 116

Pallet/Cob Backyard Shed . . . 119

Straw Bale / Cob House in Oregon . . . 120

Cobworks . . . 122

Cob/Wood Roundhouse in Wales . . . 126

Dogon Dome . . . 128

Big Sky Yurt . . . 130

Sauna on Haida Gwaii . . . 132

Baja Surfers Shack . . . 134

Ardheia . . . 136

Solar Potting Shed . . . 144

Driftwood Beach Shack . . . 146

Bouncing Bridge with Troll Booth . . . 148

Treehouses

Crystal River Treehouse . . . 150

Treebane . . . 154

Lapas Nest Treehouse . . . 156

Lakeside Treehouse . . . 160

Deek Diedrickson . . . 162

Taylor Camp . . . 164

On the Road

Lloyds Van . . . 166

Hornby Island Caravans . . . 168

The Flying Tortoise . . . 170

Vardo /Sheep Wagon . . . 172

Simplify, Simplify . . . 174

Nicolettes € 1,000 Wagen . . . 176

ProtoStoga . . . 178

Jay Nelson . . . 180

Baja Road Travel . . . 182

Big Red . . . 183

Artist in a Van . . . 184

Lady on the Road . . . 186

Bernie Harberts Covered Wagon . . . 188

The Horsebox House . . . 190

American Nomad Rigs . . . 192

Vintage Campers . . . 196

On the Water

Paul, Julie, and Mia on the High Seas . . . 198

Sailing Yacht “Misty”. . . 204

Floating Homestead in BC . . . 206

Ontario Boathouse . . . 208

Our Little Cabin up the Lake. . . 210

Narrowboats . . . 212

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Cindy Wexler, August 2, 2012 (view all comments by Cindy Wexler)
Everyone nest builds, and the trend towards a simpler life is compelling - often it starts with a simpler home. Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter shows in great variety and detail that simple can be beautiful, creative, elegant, rustic, unique, practical - anything you want it to be. Whether you are looking for inspiration, resources, or practical solutions, this book is for you. A beautiful collection of photos and stories about living smaller and more sustainably - with sketches, floor plans (some anyway) and an incredible section detailing builders and materials currently available.

Even if you never dreamed of a tiny efficient home, this book will inspire and educate you with the beautiful and creative solutions presented. Just get it today!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780936070520
Author:
Kahn, Lloyd
Publisher:
Shelter Publications
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Home Construction-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two-color art, color and BandW photos an
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

The house I grew up in (with my sister, my two parents, a constant but ever-changing assortment of critters, and all the associated clutter one might expect) was 800 sq. ft. In a word: tiny.

But the homes in Lloyd Kahn's Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter give my childhood home a run for its money. Tiny Homes showcases a fantastic assortment of structures under 500 sq. ft. What these buildings lack in square footage, they deliver in character, affordability, energy efficiency, and, in some cases, portability! From prefab tiny homes to tree houses, boathouses, hobbit homes, houses on wheels, and, my personal favorite, the pumphouse-turned-chicken-coop-turned-stationary-yacht, this book is a treasure trove of micro-inspiration, and a testament to the benefits of scaling down.

"Synopsis" by ,
These days, 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 is a real and powerful alternative to high rents, or a lifelong obligation to a bank on an overpriced home.

The heart of our 1973 book Shelter was on small buildings, which we recommended as a starting point in providing one's own living space. Now, almost 40 years later, there's a significant tiny house movement all over the world -which we've been tracking over the past year.

John Field sold his 2800 sq. ft. house in upstate New York and built a 128 ft. cabin in the high Texas desert. The "Lady on the Road" (who wishes to remain anonymous), has been living full-time in a highly decorated bus since she was 51 (she's now 72). A couple in British Columbia have a houseboat with adjacent floating garden. A rustic cabin has been built on a remote beach in Mendocino, inspired by our book Shelter, and reachable only by boat. A lot of small houses have been built on trailers, so they can be moved around and don't necessarily require land ownership.

More and more people are living in buses, trucks, houseboats, and other movable shelters. There are a large number of prefabs and kits now available. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo. There are numerous websites with news, photos, and/or plans for tiny houses.

This is going to be a spectacular book, no kidding! It will be our first major building block since Builders of the Pacific Coast was published in 2008. Like our other building books, it will have at least 1000 photos, along with stories, interviews, and insights from people who have chosen to scale back in the 21st century.

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