WikiHouses: Frames Cut Out of Plywood With 3D Software

Good things come in small packages. Lacy Williams, an architecture student, and her boyfriend, Patrick Beseda, built a WikiHouse to live in during a field project in Utah

From: Jon Kalish

Subject: DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required: NPR

Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014

To: lloyd kahn

Click here.

Go read the comments. There’s a ton of ’em, mostly skeptical. My fave is “I approve of this article. The Big Bad Wolf.” 🙂


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:

3 Responses to WikiHouses: Frames Cut Out of Plywood With 3D Software

  1. Just visited the WikiHouse site. The focus is framing. Framing represents a small fraction of the cost and time of building a house. A house frame that goes up in few hours garners attention but does not address foundation, insulation, windows, doors, siding, roofing, electric, plumbing, HVAC, flooring, wall covering, etc.

  2. I'm signed up to take a one day intensive course on the software that is being offered by Wiki-House Detroit, and sponsored by Sketch Up (software used for cutting the parts, and Shop Bot, CNC controled router device used to cut the parts. I'll let you know what I think once I've done the course.

    WikiHouse Detroit is interested in building a structure called Shelter 2.0 to be used in Emergency Relief situations.



  3. Boy, you are right about the comments. Living in a part of the world where plywood/T1-11 homes are more the norm than not (and yes, we have hurricanes and yes, they can be blown away, but they can sure be rebuilt fast too! Money IS an object) maybe makes my view a bit different. I see this as experimental for sure and while everyone might not have access to the tools used, if interest is garnered about providing solutions in building small, affordable structures, then it's all good. I had to laugh at some of the comments and wanted to invite some of the more elitist sounding traditional builders to come to the Caribbean ('…it wouldn't last two weeks' type commenters).

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