Perfectly-proportioned Shack in Woods

Sometimes I’ll see a little building where everything looks right. Builders (and architects) could learn a lot by studying small rural and farm buildings.

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 Perfectly-proportioned Shack in Woods

  1. have to say, I have a sense of joy, when I am out and about, and see many of these type of buildings, well built/ good proportions. sturdy. often the walls/corners/roofs are straight and true long past when I would expect a "modern" build to be.

  2. I recogmise the "Golden Mean" at work, as I did a similar shed myself to those proportions.
    It is a mystical experience to use a formula so old and see that it is so pleasing.

  3. I am curious about the original purpose for small buildings, as this one looks like it was built to be the ultimate writing shack. Thanks for posting the picture, as I would like to build one like this someday out in the woods for an off grid hunting and writing shack.

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