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Tiny Chapel Inspired by Tiny Homes on the Move

Lloyd:
Just got your Tiny Homes on the Move. Very beautiful stuff. I hadn’t seen your books since the early seventies.  I was a custom home builder for many years but now, becoming older, (hate to say it), I’m starting to build tiny structures.  
The attached little chapel was inspired by Sidney Poitier’s comment in “Lilies of the Field,” “I’m gonna build me a chapel!” So I did. I guess really it’s more of a meditation space, only 24 square feet. I built it to try my tiny house structural designs since I wanted something not too expensive to test them out.  Everything worked well so now on to bigger stuff, (on a 16′ flatbed trailer). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for the inspiration. 
There’s a terrible tiny house show on the television where two guys build generic structures with conventional framing that are ugly and are guaranteed to be difficult to pull, and to burn out wheel bearings. The prices they quote are astronomical. My little chapel cost only $600 and $300 of that was for the western red cedar siding. The work you show is a complete opposite of that. I really appreciate the work you do to communicate such admirable possibilities in a time when this whole idea is catching on.
Take care and enjoy your day,
Klaus Eyting
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Canadian Home in Our Book Inspires Home in Tasmania

Hey Lloyd, hope you are well and working hard at it on your next project!

My name is Pete Robey and my wife Blythe and I live in Tasmania. The little island attached to the bottom of Australia.
Thought I would share with you that our house is the first approved cordwood home in Australia.
It is currently featured in Australia’s Owner Builder magazine.
You can get a link here at the bottom of the page:
https://www.thehousethatworkedout.com

I bought your 3 books: Shelter, Builders of the Pacific Coast, and Homework early on before we had even confirmed style.

The Baird House from page 28-31 of Builders of the Pacific Coast just grabbed me. Thanks Mike Baird and to you too Lloyd (House) for this inspiration.

We designed our home with the same ideal: every room and every area of the home can pretty much engage with every other area of the home. The village TeePee idea.

We have a massive 4ft diameter, 20 ft long tree holding up the earth roof and our 2nd story doesn’t go all the way to the middle so we have plenty of space.

We don’t have stairs, preferring to use a gym rope as exercise to get to the 2nd floor.

Catch you later.

Pete

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Norma's Floating Store in British Columbia

Built by Bruno Atkey in Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, in the ’70s, and towed 26 miles to Hot Springs Cove, where Norma Bailey ran a “…great floating store selling emergency supplies, esoteric items, and Wild Coast history books,” according to Godfrey Stephens, who just sent this photo.

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House in Bottle

via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAflgN3gMoF/

I got this in an antique/coffeehouse in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii last year. The entire bottle is 9-1/2″ long (the section shown here is about 5″ wide), 4″ high, 3″ wide; the neck, through which all of this had to fit, is about 1″ wide. How they ever did this is beyond me. Build it in collapsed form, slide in and pull erect? There are two human figures, a couple of baskets, a palm tree, and some fencing. Wonder of wonders!

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