Small Building with Perfect Proportions: Farmer Architecture

I often see barns or farm buildings that are effortlessly perfectly proportioned. The architecture of practicality, economy, and local conditions. This is on Highway One in Mendocino county near Manchester.

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 Small Building with Perfect Proportions: Farmer Architecture

  1. Agree, nice proportions, looks nice.
    But I prefer a lot more overhang, on both sides and ends.
    It protects the walls from elements, also provides more shade, keeps house cooler in summer.
    Maybe it works in Mendicino if it never rains.
    I live in semitropical jungle, sometimes 100 inches rain/yr, does not work for me.

  2. I agree with Maui Surfer, since we also have too much rain, but otherwise, I could live in that building with minimal modifications (wood stove, composting toilet).

  3. I agree about the overhang. Keeps off not only rain, but fog from walls. For some reason, a lot of the farm buildings on this part of the coast have skimpy overhangs. The architects of the large development Sea Ranch have taken it to an extreme, with no overhangs on hundreds of buildings. I can see the reason for this on the east coast, because ice buildup under overhangs is a problem, but have never understood it at Sea Ranch.

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