Nicely Designed Tiny Home in the Mountains

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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:

9 Responses to Nicely Designed Tiny Home in the Mountains

  1. Lloyd, you've had a few “Homeless Architecture", but I think this is a different bunch.
    Interesting. As well, this fellow (Gregory Lincoln Kloehn) builds them with wheels, so the homeless can easily "relocate" their homes. Good idea.

    few more of his designs/builds here

    some of these look darn interesting.

  2. Anonymous, thanks for posting that. What Kloehn is doing is great. I'm an artist, and live near his location. I'm thinking maybe I should be doing something similar. What more basic need could a person have or fulfill than shelter?

  3. Val,
    I am glad that you are considering something similar. the whole idea, to me, is superbly excellent.

    I am not sure, but, I think, that even a small home like these could be made quite secure, and quite warm. Even for colder climates. I read through a bunch of these, and on other sites, and some even manage to include some type of toilet. THAT, I think is seriously excellent. What a blessing for a homeless person…. to have private toilet facilities. BIG.

    Also, on these, I really like that they are on wheels. Maybe cities/communities could make some arrangement that folks could bring homes like these to a few locations that have showers/"parking"/barb b que pits/laundry.

  4. I think they pretty much have to have wheels, because sooner or later the cops will make homeless people move along. A moveable community seems like a good idea to me, notably for security reasons. I've heard from a guy who was homeless for several months that he could never sleep properly for fear of being robbed and rolled, or worse. Also, he said adequate water was especially hard to come by.

    I can't imagine a building task more worthwhile than fulfilling people's most absolutely basic needs.

  5. Val, yup to all you say. re the wheels though, I think this is the first person stating he put them on routinely. VERY good idea, for much of the reasons you stated. Also, if they don't like the neighbours…move.

    hope you are able to follow your hopes and make one…It will be appreciated. As you say, security and water is big (I still think toilet is too).

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