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Micro Cabins of Recycled Lumber by Charles Finn

From yesterday’s Oregon Live, one of Charles Finn’s cabins on wheels.

“The cabins’ size, he says, is chosen for ease of transport. The cabins can be left on the trailer or moved onto a foundation. The fully insulated cabins are equipped with, among other things, a wood stove for heating and a two-burner propane stove for cooking, and a pair of oil lamps. Doors and windows are reclaimed or handmade; the metal roof has a skylight, and the interiors are all wood, “of mixed species,” he says.

   They have neither electricity nor running water. He writes, “And trust me on this, you won’t miss them. In fact, you will come to relish not having them. Hang out on even one snowy night with the wood fire going and oil lamps burning and you’ll see what I mean.”

   The price varies, but he gives a ballpark figure of about $14,000, not including the trailer.…”

Charles’ work was included in Tiny Homes (pp. 174-75). His website here.

“Always with 100% Reclaimed Lumber​ from Heritage Timber”

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Lloyd's Photos in Lucky Peach's "Apocalypse" Issue

In November I got an email from Peter Meehan, who, along with David Chang, is co-editor of Lucky Peach, a quarterly foodie magazine published by McSweeney’s. They were doing an “apocalypse” issue and wondered if I had off-the-grid photos they could use.

   A few months later, Christine Boepple, an LA-based writer, came up and went through about 10,000 thumbnails (in binders) of my photos.

   Here’s the result, just out in the magazine. Kinda strange for me, having someone else do layout of my photos. I ended up liking what they did. The shelter stuff they chose is all pretty funky. Also pics of food from the wild and garden, preserves, roadkill furs, and kitchens from both our homestead and other places I’ve been.

   PDF of the 6-page article here.

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French Protestors Build 50 Pallet Buildings to Stop Airport

Hi, i’m arthur, a french reader of shelter and homework and i do things
with old paletts sometimes too. It happen something really great in
france, near Nantes, in the village of Notre-Dame-des-Landes : the company
Vinci want to build a second airport and destruct 40 farms and 2000
hectars. Ecologist movement, people who want to live free and activist
have built a lot of wood houses to resist. Maybe it is 40 or 50 cabins and
houses now. Police tried to stop it but they can’t. I put some links of
pictures :

You can join them at

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Tiny Texas Houses' Recycled Airstream Project

Greetings Lloyd and Team,

My name is Heath Redding and I work with…Tiny Texas Houses. I wanted to inform you of our Kickstarter that we have just launched! We are taking our houses to the road and building the first Tiny Texas Roadhouse. The kickstarter we have set up is to help fund the tutorial video series that we want to release explaining the whole construction process. Our plan is to post these videos online so everyone can have access to them and do-it-themselves.
I wanted to kindly ask if you might post the information on your blog to help spread the word and get this project viral. We have some really cool ideas for this whole endeavor so please check out our kickstarter page!

God Bless and all the best!

Heath Redding

Here is a link to the kickstarter page:

(Tiny Texas Houses was featured in Tiny Homes; the cover photo of the book was one of their projects.)

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Really Nice Tiny Home in NorCal Woods

Hi Lloyd,
…I wanted to share with you and your readers some photos of the hand-built house I recently finished. (Prior to this I had only built some crummy plywood furniture and a couple of sheds.) As with so many of us who read your blog, the design of this house was definitely inspired by Shelter books. When making design decisions I often looked in Builders of the Pacific Coast and asked myself which choice would result in something that felt like it could be in your book – I love the feel of those homes.

   A few things that are unique about my house:
– It’s solar-powered
– The vertical redwood on the outside (and interior wainscoting) is from a really lucky find: I was able to buy a few hundred square feet of redwood T+G from a friend’s landlord that had been sitting unused in a barn in Fort Bragg for 30 years!

– The tiny wood stove is called “The Hobbit” and it’s from England and it’s awesome.

– The house is insulated with discarded sheep’s wool.

– I’m 6’6″ and the house is big enough for me! (I can stand under the loft and sit up tall in the loft)

For those that are curious, the whole thing took me about 10 months. I did most of the building myself – but early on I decided that while my pride wanted to be able to say “I did it all myself”, that was actually a recipe for loneliness. So I begged and traded for as much help as possible, and was blessed to know incredibly skilled people who sped up my learning curve immensely. In order to feel any degree of confidence that my house wouldn’t fall apart, my contractor friend’s advice made all the difference. Tony sacrificed his back-health to get the four walls up, and freely offered consultations on everything from solar to framing to, well, everything. I would have imploded or gotten totally stuck on the electric and the plumbing, without help from Jim and Michael. Bruce and Duncan shared tons of amazing cabinetry and furniture-making wisdom, as well as the use of some pretty deluxe tools. And four amazing angels shared with me their beautiful property on which to build my house, and gave me a room to stay in until my house was liveable.

   Okay – thanks for your books and your blog – I really appreciate all the design inspiration as well as getting to know you and hear your stories. I especially like the little snippets of beautiful moments you feel and encounter on your local beach and forest walks.

– Colin (Carpenter)

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Off-grid Tiny Cabin NY State

“Scott Newkirk… spends every weekend living off the grid at his 300-square-foot house in Yulan, New York. There’s no electricity or running water, no TV, no computer. There he can slow down, sleep late, and take his daily bath in the nearby brook (weather permitting).

Newkirk had been living close to the land on the property already, in a wood-frame tent, but it burned down. Not long after, he came across the 1973 classic eco-architecture book Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher’s Art, which celebrated small, handcrafted houses constructed out of recovered and scavenged materials. That got him thinking about building a house on his property with the same innocence and integrity he was reading about.…”

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