The Shelter Blog has been inactive since May, 2019. Too much to do! From this point on, Lloyd’s Blog will have the buildings, vehicles, and home-related posts such as what has previously appeared here. Go to lloydkahn.com.

Posts by Evan Kahn (434)

Small Woodland Home in Southwest England

Dear Lloyd,

I became a carpenter and eco builder because of your books. Shelter and HomeWork got me hooked. Builders of the Pacific Coast got me started.

I used to work in an office. Now I build homes (narrowboats, vans, caravans, yurts, cabins) for the customers that want something different but can’t afford hiring “big people.” The poor also have the right to live in a nice home.

I built this 6.5m-diameter, heptagonal, tapered-walled, reciprocal green-roofed yurt, the “reciproyurt,” last year and got more than 70 volunteers involved.

I love working with people without experience. They give any project a freshness that you never get with professionals. They have no real preconceptions — really open-minded. They want to learn but they also teach you so much! They mainly helped with big jobs like raising the frame.

–Jesus Sierra

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Japanese Plastering Technique



Hi friends,

Just thought I would pass along a link to this inspiring 30 min. documentary about Japanese clay plastering. Clay plaster has a long history in Japan and the quality of the work being done is exceptional. This video gives a really nice glimpse into the practice of some current day ‘sakan’ (plasterers) with nice detail.

–Ziggy Liloia

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The Spud Queen Built by Lloyd House

The Spud Queen was a floating home with three legs, or “spuds” built into it. (Spuds are the legs on pile drivers that are used to raise and lower the pile driver.)

“I’d float in at high tide, jack the boat up, and squat like a trojan horse against the ownership of the property. I parked there and I lived there, and I didn’t pay any taxes!”

Lloyd lived on the boat for over 20 years, docking it in four different places on an island in the Strait of Georgia…

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Tiny House for Family with Separate Office and Kids' Bedroom



For a lot of people with young children, the idea of living in a tiny house would be a complete deal-breaker. Thanks to some clever design though, this family is living the tiny house dream is a comfortable, non-toxic, eco-friendly 30 ft. tiny house on wheels that even has space for a separate kids’ room and private home office.

This family has found a fantastic parking spot which the house can now call home. Settling in for the long haul, the tires have been removed from the house and they are currently getting ready to be stored. The home’s exterior is entirely cedar. Builder, Ben Garratt, of Tiny Healthy Homes has also included a painted bellyband around the home, which allows for all the services to be neatly placed along and which also provides a good attachment point for awnings to be added in the future, as they have been on this home.

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The Laughing House

…Walls are cob and straw bales, structurally bonded (“BaleCob”). Almost all of the materials are either from the site — the ground under our feet, or snatched from the commercial waste stream. The foundation is “urbanite” (recycled sidewalks), most wood is unmilled roundwood or is reused…

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Cabin on Lake Superior

This disused, but still sound, cabin is located in the forest a few yards above Twelve Mile Beach on Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

We have hiked by for many years and it never seems visited. It is truly one of America’s most beautiful wild beaches. You can walk for miles and see no other humans.

–John

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