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Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design Hardcover – March 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition (1 in numberline) edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838455
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth Friendly Home Design (Rizzoli; $45), by Richard Olsen, a former editor at Architectural Digest, is a breezy history of the genre, tracing its roots from Henry Thoreau to Carl Jung, and from Helen and Scott Nearing, whose mid-century subsistence living experiment in Vermont and Maine prefigured the ’70s-era back-to-the-landers, to Lloyd Kahn, once the shelter editor of The Whole Earth Catalog, and the dean of the hand-built movement." ~New York Times

What Richard Olsen has assembled is an attractive and engaging book, suitable for coffee table, bookshelf, or drawing board. Through interviews, research, and the collaboration of his photographers Lucy Goodhart and Kodiak Greenwood, he has created a beautifully tactile storybook about a passion to build.” ~New York Journal of Books

“This tale is a lot more than hippies and hot tubs, however. Olsen provides a thorough history of the owner-built, woodbutcher movement from places like Big Sur, California, and Prickly Mountain, Vermont. And he addresses the sources of handcraft construction: Buddhist architecture of Japan, Norwegians cabins, Sea Ranch in California, Gaudi, Maybeck, and Jung, to name a few). Works from Europe and Australia provide an international context.” ~Architectural Record

“If you are like me, interested in environmentally friendly design and unique style in the home, you will appreciate this book.” ~Mid-Century-Modern.net

About the Author

Richard Olsen is formerly the architecture editor at Architectural Digest, the author of Log Houses of the World, and coauthor of Malibu: A Century of Living by the Sea. Kodiak Greenwood’s photographs have appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Patagonia, the New York Times, and Travel & Leisure. Lucy Goodhart’s pictures have appeared in numerous publications, including London's The Sunday Telegraph and The Times, and in Bay Area publications Monocle and Edible San Francisco

More About the Author

Richard Olsen is a writer and photographer specializing in rustic and environmental domestic architecture, historic and contemporary. The author of "Handmade Houses" and "Log Houses of the World" and a co-author of Julius Shulman's "Malibu," Olsen is currently completing his next book, CALIFORNIA GREEN: HOUSES OF THE ECO MOVEMENT, THE JOURNEY FROM HANDMADE TO HIGH TECH (Rizzoli, 2015).

Formerly the senior architecture editor for Architectural Digest and Abrams Books and editor for Doubleday, Rizzoli, and Amazon, Olsen also takes on special projects in a supporting role. In that capacity of acquisitions and development he has more than 50 books to his credit, including 2013's CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE & NATURE: AN ECOLOGICAL DESIGN RETROSPECTIVE by Sim Van der Ryn.


Richard is an avid surfer and outdoorsman and lives in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Customer Reviews

Love the book, the illustrations are beautiful and the text is very informative.
Island girl
If your interested in Handmade Vernacular type architecture, or living off the grid, this is a must book for your library.
Scott Knudsen
Gorgeous book - a bit pricey, but definitely worth it if you like coffee table books.
Cherrie Mahon

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Bower on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was sent to me in France as a gift, by my father, Henry "Sandy" Jacobs, whose home is featured in it. I find paging through it to be as soothing as listening to a favorite song, or sitting on the side of a stream peacefully flowing by. This images are remarkable, the quality of the paper of high quality for those (like me) sensitive to the subtleties of texture, and the creativity in the home designs and writing are just extraordinary. I grew up in Marin County where many of these homes are located, and seeing many of them here, including my fatherls and those not in Marin, on such an intimate level makes me feel like I am actually there breathing in the color, the harmony, the peaceful aesthetics and energy of each location. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in design, nature, creativity, aesthetics, art, or who just would like a little mini-vacation and inspiration.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Verde on April 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a builder by profession and by passion... this book is a collection of tiny houses which really classify as art.. representative of many insanely creative people, and wonderfully photographed.. highly recommend if you are interested at all in living off the grid or for ideas to include in your own projects..
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susie Bright on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Is there anything better than sitting back with a glass of red wine and oogling the finest in handmade-house-porn? -- it's like disappearing into another world where beauty, light, and organic design are your only concerns.

What I didn't expect-- and what Olsen delivers in full-- is that this a story about people, about the men and women who've created these worlds. I honestly wish I could meet every one of them. These are makers, these are dreamers who do things, characters who didn't fit in anywhere else and so they created a world that inspires everyone from the inside out. I was blown away... and I haven't looked at my own abode the same way since.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Juniorsuki on April 8, 2012
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I recently read a positive critique of this book in the New York Journal of Books that inspired me to pick up my copy. I have to agree with Gordon Grice. This coffee table book not only has great photography, but is enjoyably comprehensive in it's individual stories of the Handmade House in all their unique forms. Each house has a heartfelt and thoughtful portrayal of how it evolved. I appreciated the author's tenacity at capturing the spirit, dedication, and innovation to build each home. The images are rich and it was a pleasure delving into each house. Surely, in this age of ecofriendly responsibility, we should continue to be resourceful with the materials around us while expressing our individual style. Cheers to the next 100 years of the Handmade House!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Anderson on November 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In a time before building inspectors roamed the earth, when dogs rode in the back of pickups, you impressed your neighbors with the quality of your compost and not what was in your portfolio. You offered tea you just picked, not one you bought online. To me, this book brought up memories of my first time hitch hiking up the Big Sur Coast, discovering the Big Sur Inn and Esalen by accident not because of a Yelp review. If your idea of a finished floor is recycled from forest storm fallen trees or an old building full of old stories about to end up in the landfill, installed by your own two hands and not from an un-named box store then this book has your name on it. If you find it appealing to complete your own home in a short time with your own hands instead of paying over lifetime for the dreams of realtors then the dream starts here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on May 8, 2012
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Richard Olsen elevates the imagination of builders and their owners to beautiful heights. With interesting personal stories which are interspersed with crisp and wonderful photographs he captures a time and place where the art of living is expressed so well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on December 30, 2013
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In 1973 Art Boericke and Barry Shapiro published Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art, and the following year, no doubt inspired by that book, Robert Haney, David Ballantine, and Jonathan Elliott also published a similar book called Woodstock Handmade Houses. In them these books covered a collection of homes that were built by people dissatisfied with cookie cutter homes, subdivisions and McMansions, and took things in their own hands by building homes more suited for the environment, not to mention using any kind of scrap material they could get a hold of. These books were very basic, and they even kept the location of these homes and their builders/owners anonymous (especially to keeping away unwanted attention from building inspectors and perhaps curiosity seekers).

As a small kid, from 1976 to 1978 me and my family lived in a handmade house in Oregon. It didn't have the creativity or imagination as those featured on those books, on the other hand, I'm so glad I lived in such a home. It was a bit more basic, it did not have fancy stained glass windows or unusual arches, it looked more like those houses you'd see in those Foxfire books from the 1970s. It was on a couple of acres, with a meadow going up a hill, plus a garden. The main road was up a hill, and at that time, there were no neighbors in view (today, the house is gone, looked like the lots were subdivided, with now a McMansion, and several mainstream houses in the area, these days it wouldn't be the place I want to live). A hippie commune called Butler Green was about a quarter of a mile away (Butler Green went defunct in 1979 after a police raid).
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