Tiny Home in Northeast Portland

Published on Oct 30, 2012 by Cassandra Profita “John Labovitz lives in a custom-built tiny home on the back of an Isuzu truck in northeast Portland. He makes the most of his 119 square feet with a single cooking burner that runs on denatured alcohol, a tiny wood stove, a desk that doubles as a seating area, and space-saving designs he borrowed from boat-builders.”

Note the windows at eye level. Like Lloyd House’s converted Ford Van on Hornby Island, BC, this band of windows brings the outside in. Many of the scaled-down tiny homes so prominent in the media now, without such light, seem claustrophobic by comparison. -LK

Story on Ecotrope here.

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:

5 Responses to Tiny Home in Northeast Portland

  1. helen says:

    Wonderful – Portlanders – gotta love them and we do!

  2. "Not deprivation, just simplification" is a perfect description of tiny house living. The windows here sure do make a tremendous difference to the interior space.
    K

  3. Anonymous says:

    here's some older info re: his build

    http://polymecca.com/housetruck/index

    a number of build pic's on the Flickr link..

    Mike W

  4. Thanks for noticing the window design. I did spend a lot of time thinking about placement. I didn't want to repeat the mistake I'd seen in RVs where the windows were set just low enough that one had to stoop to look out.

  5. Lloyd Kahn says:

    Mike,

    Thanks for add'l info. Looks like he will go in book.

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