Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design

This must be the most soulful architecture book Rizzoli has ever published. (Full disclosure: The big timber house called “Hill of the Hawk” (pictured here) that I worked on in the ’60s in Big Sur is one of the houses; also the very simple used-material house I built for my family in the same time period.) Richard Olsen has put together a book of real homes, built by architects and non-architects, that is rich in colors and wood and creativity. Check it out in an independent bookstore.

Lew just sent me this link: https://huff.to/JzSIbC

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:

2 Responses to Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design

  1. Excellent book. Very well done. Lloyd it was so nice to see some of your work as a builder featured among the builders in this book. Highly recommended.

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