SMALL HOMES Book is off to Printers

We got the proofs back last week, and I almost cried when I went through it page by page. Sounds dumb, I know, but it was overwhelming to see all the pages, in collated order, full size, 4-color for the first time — after a couple of years working on it. I’d only seen rather low-quality, reduced size printouts up until now. And you know what, it’s ahem, a beautiful book.

People, home builders from all walks of life, a great variety of designs, materials, locales. It may very well be the most useful book we’ve ever done. Tiny homes are great for some people, but too small for most. Here are 65 or so homes in all, a cornucopia of ideas for people who can’t afford high rents and bank mortgages, and want to build or remodel (or contract out) their own homes.

Check out the “sneak previews” on TheShelterBlog:

Book due out April, 2017. More details to follow here.

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:

6 Responses to SMALL HOMES Book is off to Printers

  1. Lloyd!

    So good to hear the book actually exists, in solid form, somewhere…
    So many of us have been waiting so eagerly for what feels like 200 years but it's probably no more than two…
    Great to see that you chose green in the end. Red was good, green is sooooo much nicer.
    Can't believe that one of the houses i've built made it to the cover… My work in one of your books AND on the cover! I would have never thought that possible but it is. It's like a dream (that i never allowed myself to have) come true.

    Please, tell the printers to hurry up. Can't wait any longer

    Thanks so much to the whole Shelter team for all your incredibly hard work, experience, good taste and patience.


  2. If we pay in advance, will it get to us sooner? Why all the wait till April 2017? hooooooo boy. I'm always excited to have another of your awesome books. soooooooooooooooo inspiring!!! aloha, irene

  3. OH wow, if we pay in advance, can we get it sooner? I'm excited to read your next book….thanks in advance for all the work and time you put into this book. soooooooooooooo inspiring!!! aloha, irene

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