Half-timbered old buildings in Bad Homburg

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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:

4 Responses to Half-timbered old buildings in Bad Homburg

  1. I worked at Colonial Williamsburg in the summer of 1980 under Roy Underhill. We were 18th century housewrights dressed in costumes for the public building a period timberframe. These guys from Germany came by who did historical building and restoration and commented on the modern building techniques we were using. Whereas we were in the 18th century they dealt with the 15th. We all had a good laugh. Your photos bring back that fond memory.

  2. The framing in that gable on the first house is incredible!

    Do you know if that second building's foundation sunk to cause the funky curve on the right side or perhaps it was built that way?


  3. I think the foundation settled here and rather than jack it up, they just went with the flow when they repaired it. The appealingness of asymmetry at work here. Alles ist nicht perfect and therein lies charm.

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