Tiny homes

Above: tiny (each (4″ x 7″) roughs of a few pages

The tiny homes book is taking way longer than anticipated (what else is new?) I have over 250 mailboxes for contributors, am corresponding with them to get decent-size pics. We have about 124 pages laid out now, around 600 photos.

I’m trying to get out to the studio around 6:30 AM, usually work until 6:30- 7 PM, 2-3 days a week. Shit! Most of my contemporaries are retired. But you know what? I love it. Every day is vital. It usually takes me hours to deal with general publishing biz stuff before I can get into layout. But then, I’m havin fun. I can’t imagine being retired.

Part of the thrill is not knowing what the finished book will be like. Kind of like skating downhill with no brakes. Here we go; it’l be what it’ll be. The best way to make a book. Organic. (Am in repeating myself here?)

New material coming in almost daily. Lew is starting to help with layout. He just did 4 pages of photos by Rick Auerbach, a photographer who documented hippie buses and campers in the ’60s – ’70s. (You know that the ’60s happened in the’70s, right?) There are over 80 pics on these 4 pages. So there’s a bit of old stuff along with the new. These days I’m putting together pages on pre-fabs and kits available in the US and Canada. It’s just staggering, the interest in this subject right now.

I’m gonna stay home for a while now, except for the BEA book convention in NYC the end of May, and the Frankfurt Book fair in October. Once the book is done I’m either going surfing in Hawaii or trekking in Borneo. (I hesitate to say it, with all that’s going on in the world, but) life is pretty darn good.

At this very moment, the Stones came on singing Gimme Shelter. Cosmic!

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:

8 Responses to Tiny homes

  1. I can't wait!!!!
    I got Builders of the Pacific Coast for my birthday and couldn't put it down ubtil I'd read it from cover to cover – I showed it to everyone I met a number of whom dashed out to get a copy.
    Lloyd you have excelled yourself. Shelter was my all time favourate book. The one I would wish for on a desert island. Now Builders has knocked it off the top spot. It is like Shelter come of age. All colour all grown up. Shelter seemed full of youthful exuberance, ideals of the 60's. Builders is the result. The fruits born of those philosophies. Realisation. Manifestaion of the truth. Proof of the pudding !
    Thanks Lloyd I really look forward to tiny houses.


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