Stefan’s Home, Built by Lloyd House

This is my favorite house in the world. When I first saw it, I sat down. I was stunned. Every feature about it was beautiful, inside and out. It was built by master carpenter Lloyd House, and is shown in detail on pages 36-41 of Builders of the Pacific Coast. Unfortunately, it burned down.

I just started looking through the photos from this book (which in many ways is the best building book I’ve done) and decided to post some of them large-size here.

I’m also going back into blogging — bigger and more often.

Photos on a smart phone (Instagram) are pretty skimpy.

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:

8 Responses to Stefan’s Home, Built by Lloyd House

  1. I’ve loved this house since I saw it in your book. It had such a feeling of peace and comfort…’s like a sparkle in someone’s eye. Sad that it’s gone.

  2. Rainy day. Your post reminded me that it’s been too long since I last pulled this book off the shelf. Will set this and, may be, Bruyere & Inwood’s In Harmony with Nature by my reading spot for breaks from winding warp. Looking forward to your blogs.

    1. I’ll have to refer to Builders of the Pacific Coast again but, from what I remember, this beautiful house was built in Coastal British Columbia, an area of heavy rain that is not much affected by wild fires. Also, there are no rain gutters and leaf debris accumulating in these is a common cause of wind born embers causing fires that spread into the roof space. However, as you say, wood shingles are a potential hazard and, in an area prone to wild fires, metal roofing would have been a better choice.

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