Primitive Technology: Tiled Roof Hut

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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:

3 Responses to Primitive Technology: Tiled Roof Hut

  1. Lloyd…odd question..

    to whit, I am not currently in position to do renos, but I like to keep my mind busy/distracted imagining "what if" (as in what if I win the lottery, I could…)…I try to imagine things which would work/be healthy/acceptable…

    so, say I win the lottery, and I want to do big renos (which would involve some serious insulation questions)…

    myself, I am against this current fad of spray foam insulation..I have huge number of allergies, and this spray foam is mostly some version of chemicals, and I can only think of spray foam yrs back which cause many folks I know trouble (big time).

    I keep coming back to plain old fibreglass insulation as the "choice"…

    yet I wonder about "sea grass" (which I have read is a silica base?), may be actually better if one could source it?

    and there is the very old "horse hair" insulation…(have read about some old building which have it, still going strong ) (and I actually have an old (1800's)horse hair filled "couch" which is "still going strong".

    so I am wondering (should I win that lottery), what are your thoughts on the be all to end all for insulation for renos?

  2. I haven’t kept up with insulation, but believe there are a number of non-toxic alternatives to foam. I’d suggest some Google research*, also talking to builders.

    *I just Googled “non-toxic building insulation and it came up with a lot of info.

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