Kauai Outdoor Living

I like the way this inexpensive connecting roof provides so much more useable space.

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:

4 Responses to Kauai Outdoor Living

  1. I love the simplicity of this small home. The calmness. The use of the covered section for outdoor living. I'd take this over a McMansion anyday.

  2. I lived like this for 17 years. loved it really. Even our kitchen had tin roof and open air. 2 big long church pews that were thrown away and I caught 'em….(ha ha)…and I made a long table to feed our family ….not all of the 14 children home at the same time, but mostly 10 plus so many wonderful friends came to visit and eat with us. what a marvelous life I've lived. yes, I loved this photo as well. thanks for posting.

  3. For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud


    Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees for timber frames and struggling to save cash for a corrugated iron roof.

    Now families are turning to an alternative: Nubian-style domed mud-brick homes that are cheaper, protect fast-vanishing local forests and make homes cooler in the worsening summer heat

    Nubian-style, Mud Architecture Growing in Mali

    Mali turns to environmentally friendly mud homes to save trees


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