Old Farm Building at Sea Ranch

My friend Louie Frazier (the featured builder in Home Work), lives on the outskirts of Pt. Arena, and I make the 3-hour drive along the coast to visit him every few months. My routine is to get on the road by 6 AM, get a latte at Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station, then drive along the shores of Tomales Bay and then the ocean. On the way I  often stop off to skateboard at Sea Ranch, the planned coastal community that stretches along 10 miles of the California coast, south of Gualala. Here is a nice old farm building with shake roof at Sea Ranch, obviously left over from the old days, and better in style and design (in my opinion) than just about any of the rather sterile looking, no-overhang newer buildings designed by architects. The brilliance of Sea Ranch is in its landscape design or rather, the lack thereof. Landscape designer Lawrence Halperin left just about everything in its natural state, and it’s very peaceful on the eyes.

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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