New Book Off and Rolling

Now that I’ve finished 3-4 months of off-and-on travel doing promo for our book Tiny Homes, I’m thankfully at home and catching up on working out, chores around the homestead, food obtaining and processing, and fishing. At the same time, I’m well into the design phase of our next book, Wheels and Water: Tiny Homes on the Move. I’ve done layout of 10 pages, and material is pouring in. Several good nomadic homes have come from the current Mother Earth News article on Tiny Homes, and Lew and I continue to dig up material online. More importantly, we have a growing network of builders and home-oriented people contacting us.

   These days I actually look forward to checking my email each morning. There’s lots of feedback from our building books (“I was inspired to build this…”), leads to interesting websites, and daily incoming material for the new book. I love what I’m doing, especially when I get the time (away from publishing biz stuff) to do layout.

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:

7 Responses to New Book Off and Rolling

  1. You are something else Lloyd. Great to see that you are already on to another book. Are people really still living on wheels? Must be or you wouldn't be writing a book about it. We look forward to seeing it. I still thumb through the Tiny Homes book. And I love your blog.

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    I have a rolling home you might be interested in. I'm almost finished building an Insulated Sleeping Chamber which using body heat alone (100 watts while sleeping) is projected to raise the interior temp from 20F (our average January low) to 40F. While it's too heavy to tow behind my mountain bike very far, I will be towing it to local events to show it off. The enclosure is all panelized and two people can move any of the panels quite easily . . . most of them I can move by myself. It's designed to be used anywhere but I think my favorite location will be sitting on the side rails of my pickup — behind the cab like a big-rig sleeper; or an oversized tool box. A regular or super-single (6'8" long) twin size mattress is simply plopped inside before the roof is put on. A 2' by 3' door is centered on one long side; faces the rear when on the truck. There are no windows but it does have a regular RV-style, crank-up vent in the roof near the ridge. It will also have the minimum five square inches of fresh air in; exhausted air out. I'm taking lots of pics as I go and creating an Instructible to go with it. This unit will also easily fit on one of those low-cost 4'x8' kit trailers for towing behind a small car.

  3. Hi Lloyd,
    Our house is on wheels! (Though we have no plans to roll in it). My husband and I recently moved into a 24" trailer built in 1962 that we renovated ourselves. He lived in the trailer as a teenager and it originally belonged to a friend's grandparents, so it has had a long and well-used history. You can see some pictures of the trailer on my blog.

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