- Series: The Shelter Library of Building Books
- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Shelter Publications (April 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0936070684
- ISBN-13: 978-0936070681
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.7 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Small Homes: The Right Size (The Shelter Library of Building Books) Paperback – April 14, 2017
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About the Author
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: <http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lloyd+kahn>
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Top customer reviews
Most of the structures in Small Homes range from 400 to 1200 sq.ft. and, judging from the obvious delight of the folks building and living in these homes, they're on to something good. From New Zealand to New Mexico, Brooklyn to British Columbia, San Francisco to Scotland, we see houses crafted from stone and earth and salvaged wood and straw bale, by people of every age, gender, hue and calling. The houses themselves are similarly diverse. Some are tidy urban bungalows built in the 1930s, while others have a wild freedom of design deep in the woods where the roads don't reach.
I have been a fan of Lloyd Kahn's since the 1960s, when he was the shelter editor of the legendary Whole Earth Catolog, and he hasn't slowed down a bit. When I helped launch Fine Homebuilding magazine in the 1980s, I always kept an eye on what Lloyd was up to because he was always fresh and insightful. Small Homes, which builds on Lloyd's wildly successful Tiny Homes, is his best yet, informed, as always, by his gentle wit, his vivid photos, his eye for detail, his ear for a good yarn, and his great love for homes and the people in them.
I always enjoy Lloyd’s books because they are full of eye candy; every page is crammed with full color photos taken inside and outside of a carefully selected array of fun architecture. Shelter Publications is so confident that you will find the book worthwhile that they offer a lifetime money-back guarantee if you are dissatisfied with the book. What other publisher would dare to make such a bold offer!
Small Homes is really about more than architecture; it is also about life styles. Each featured home profiles the folks who either live in or built it, so you get a glimpse into the lives of some very interesting people.
As I read the book I often wished that I had an opportunity to meet and become friends with many of them.
You will find within these pages ideas galore for how you might design or organize your own home. The value is all about inspiration. Like his many previous publications over the past nearly half century, where people still have tattered copies and attribute their own building projects to ideas they contain, Small Homes is destined to become a cherished reference book.
Lloyd has a fondness for architecture crafted from wood, so naturally wooden homes are prominently featured. With rich natural colors, textures and grains the sensibilities of the wood butcher’s art are a delight for the eye. Often the framework of the building is visible on the inside.
Over 65 homes are featured in this edition, and many of these are laid out with four-page spreads. This oversized book has 222 colorful pages, all on glossy high quality paper. There are over a thousand photographs. And the book sells for an astonishingly low price. I doubt that Lloyd Kahn will ever have a dissatisfied customer.