Peek Inside: Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, by Lloyd Kahn

In this book are some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.). Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses.” – Boing Boing

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Alex’s Top 7 Tiny House Books for 2013

This year a lot has happened in the world of tiny houses including quite a bit of new books. In this post I wanted to share some of my new favorites with you along with some of the classics.

Ziggy’s Timber Framing Workshop

Ziggy reports to Lloyd on the recent timber frame workshop.

“Our recent Timber Framing Workshop went amazingly well and was a huge blast. The students had a fantastic time. We got an incredible amount of work done on our new timber frame home, especially considering we used hand tools exclusively, and most participants had little or no prior experience.”

via Lloyd’s Blog: Ziggy’s Timber Framing Workshop.

Lloyd House’s van conversion

Here’s peek at the interior of Lloyd House’s van conversion. The little stove you see in the lower left corner was made from an old propane tank and uses an old wok as a door. I spotted it on lloyd Kahn’s blog and suspect we’ll be seeing more in time. Looks like an amazing handcrafted van conversion.

Lloyd House’s van conversion

10 Amazing Earthen Buildings

I’m starting to think that building with earth makes more sense than any other building method.  I must admit I’m terribly biased because my real professional training and education is in the ceramic arts. The main disadvantage is that they are no portable like so many of the tiny houses I write about and explore through design.

Here’s another great find from Lloyd Kahn’s blog… it’s an article on 10 Amazing Earthen Buildings.

Stone Beehive Hut

Many people are very familiar with the work, writings, and contributions of Lloyd Kahn, the founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, Inc. This photo came from a trip he took to Europe. It’s a little stone hut located on the southwest coast of Ireland.

What’s amazing about this little structure is that it’s constructed without mortar and was probably built around 200 A.D. The trick to its longevity was to fit the stones carefully together with careful attention to each concentric circular course. For me small structures like this define the words sustainable architecture. Photo credit Lloyd Kahn.

Stone Beehive Hut