German Housetruck, Circa 1922


German country house on wheels in 1922.

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:

2 Responses to German Housetruck, Circa 1922

  1. Lloyd, a favor?

    I can’t find my copy of shelter anywhere. There is a poem you put in there about building. The only thing I can remember is that it was about the process of someone building his own shelter, it was simple and beautiful, like “The Red Wheel Barrow” by William Carlos Williams. I sort of remember a line that went “nailed down the roof, beat the rains”. Making a scrap book about the cabin I just built and I want to put that in, any chance you can point me in the right direction?



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