Tiny House Philosophy

Small farm building often have perfect proportions for a tiny house. This one is on an old dairy farm near Pt. Arena, Calif. Note the concrete lower half of the walls, it was probably a milking room or milk storage room.

Peter King from Johnson, Vermont, on tiny houses (his is 100 sq. ft.):

•”Tiny houses are for people who can entertain themselves…”

•”Tiny house people are generally a different breed; they’re not from the “stuff” nation…”

•”The tiny house forces you to get rid of your junk…”

•”I’d rather be very poor and have lots of free time in a beautiful place, than have all kinds of money and no free time…”

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Tiny House Philosophy

  1. Lloyd you must check out Albert Freys work in Palm Springs. Particularly his small house up behind the Palm Springs Museum, which they own. It is a gem! Consider coming down and showing your books at the Modernism show in Palm Springs this February, I think you would find a receptive audience. Hennessey and Ingall's the architectural bookstore in LA does that show and I am sure they sell your stuff. I know you hate the Dwell magazine aesthetic but come down and discover some great Small houses. Best Regards Michael

Leave a Reply