It's All About Building

Small Homes – the book

I’ve got pretty much all the pages laid out. Rick will be back from Hawaii next week and build the rest of the pages in InDesign. The book is looking better each week. Here’s a little hidden waterfront cottage (under construction) on Vancouver Island, BC (the shakes for the eaves were steamed and bent).

Material continues to come in for the book (400-1200 sq. ft. homes), and we’ll continue the book after its publication on theshelterblog, with a section titled “Small Homes.” Ongoing small homes.

My Next Book (?)

Adventures in Building – a 70-Year Odyssey

No kidding. I started at 12 years old, helping my dad build a house on his rice farm near Colusa, California. At 18 I got into the carpenters’ union in San Francisco and worked for a shipwright on the docks (SF was a port in those days!). At age 25 I started building and remodeling on a piece of land with 3 cottages in Mill Valley, California.

I never got the chance to work with a master carpenter or formally learn architecture, so I had a layman’s approach. Everything was new.

Right off, I liked the smell of lumber, and was fascinated with how things went together (still am). In about 12 buildings over the course of years, I personally went through post and beam, then polyhedral (domes), and finally stud frame construction techniques.

And all along, I shot pictures of buildings, collected books, and interviewed builders about all types of buildings and materials, and so far, have produced 6 highly graphic books on building.

Having this layman’s view means I can talk to inexperienced builders in understandable terms. Plus, all the travel and studying and interviews have given me a wealth of material of interest to experienced builders. We’re all interested in how things are put together. That’s what building is all about.

Música del día:

Etta James “Come Back Baby”

Enough! I’m heading for the beach…

7 Responses to It's All About Building

  1. Thanks for continuing to share the wealth! I was through your part of the world the other day and I'll be back. Lots of Wow, this still exists!

  2. I often wonder if I am a master carpenter. Maybe. A journeyman, to be sure, and I am a builder, as the hundreds of structures I have brought out of the dirt will attest…but master carpenter? I don't know. Maybe.

  3. DELIGHTED to see this, and I can't wait for the new book…

  4. Olivier de goër says:

    Bravo ! And when will this book be available ?

  5. Adam Riley says:

    Lloyd, can't wait to enjoy your new book! Tiny is fun and interesting, but small (400-1000sq feet) is really where the future lies. If you're ever coming through Fayetteville Arkansas you have a place to stay in my 400 sq foot hand built home in the foothills of the Ozarks!!

  6. Selwyn Gossett says:

    I've read why you no longer recommend domes – and it makes sense; well reasoned; the voice of experience.
    But what of Post and Beam?
    What's your take?
    Guess I'll wait for the book!

  7. Lloyd Kahn says:

    I think post and beam is a fine method of construction. For me, stud-frame turned out to be simplest, easiest, most practical.

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