A House Built from Shelter 30 Years Ago

My wife Lesley is having an “open studio” of her quilts, jewelry and scarves this weekend. Yesterday a couple came by in a pickup truck, and the man said to me, “I want to thank you for the inspiration.” Turned out he had picked up our book Shelter (1973) in the mid-’70s and it was the reason he decided to build his own house. He described how he built it (on poles), on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and they were still living there. He had this wonderful light in his eyes. These guys are like long-lost brothers. All the people I’m running across these days that were inspired by our books to create something is a bit overwhelming. I know it sounds self-aggrandizing to keep bringing it up, but darnit, it’s happening like every week, and I’m stoked!

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:

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