Queen Anne Style Architecture in Berkeley Today.

How many of today’s carpenters could build like this?

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 Queen Anne Style Architecture in Berkeley Today.

  1. I can, boss. But then, at 61 years old I'm not so sure I count as one of "today's" carpenters. But I could turn that exact front elevation into reality using today's materials…steel studs and other framing members for straight accurate lines and the James Hardie company produces cementitious siding products that would readily imitate that old world charm while lasting much longer than the charming but far more fragile original materials.

    All that may take some of the magic away but not really…there aren't that many trees left and the farm-grown wood products we see these days are pretty wet and subject to deformation before we even get them nailed up.

    But that being said, yeah. That's a groovy house. Ironically I am listening to the Dead as I type this. Just thought I would stick that in there.

    tim joe comstock

  2. I thought there was something odd about this lovely building, then I figured it out. The guard rails on the stairs seem to have been replaced at sometime by someone who totally lacked the design sense of the original carpenters. The horizontal rails totally clash with the strong verticals in the rest of the building.

    Why don't people just look (and think) before cobbling together a nasty thing like this?

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