Stone Barn in France

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 Stone Barn in France

  1. Thanks ! this blog is full of magnificent, wide-size cabin's pictures !

    about the stone barns in these mountains (border France/Spain) : recently, a similar barn was sold for 50,000 euros (66 665 dollars) – space : 323 sq ft, land : 5382 sq ft.
    many old barns are sold at exorbitant prices and obtain building permit in a very curious and magical way. High housing speculation !

  2. the tiered gable is called ''bird's step gable'' (in french) or ''pënau'' (local dialect).
    in the past, the roof was thatched with straw – so, the tiers protected the walls and prevented the straw from falling.
    Cow and sheep farmers kept hay for their animals in these barns (meadows were scattered in the mountains and every one had its own tiny barn).
    These barns are situated in the Garbet river valley, the ''Valley of the Americans'' (in the middle of 19th century, many displayers of bears immigrated to USA) :

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