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

Posts by Lloyd Kahn (239)

Round Roof Barn


Round roof barn in Willamette Valley, Oregon

There are buildings that have — for lack of a better word — a sweetness to them. Like a small abandoned cottage in an English field I once found, slowly disintegrating back into the soil from which all its materials came. Inside, I could feel the lives that had been lived there. Or the buildings of master carpenter Lloyd House. It happens most frequently in barns, where practicality and experience create form with function. No architects needed, thank you.
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The Steen Family's Latest Straw Bale Building Project

Bill and Athena Steen, the straw bale/earthen plaster maestro/maestra team from Arizona are helping build this home, which will be featured in our new book, Small Homes.

Bill writes: “Interior adobe wall in a clay-plastered straw bale house we are helping our boys build in Sonoita, AZ.”

(Bill shoots pretty much all his photos with an iPhone — has been doing it for a few years. I’ve finally come around to doing this. Both of us still use the big cameras (him a Nikon, me an Olympus OM-D) for serious shoots, but the iPhone for everyday shots. The new iPhone 6s Plus has a super new camera.)

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French Carpenters Stop by Shelter on Their Way Home


Yogan and Menthé, carpenters from France, who have been featured in our last two books, stopped by here yesterday on their way home. They have spent the last three months hitchhiking and working on the West Coast, from Northern California up to Orcas Island. Kindred spirits, these two have had a wonderful time, working with a variety of people, trading work for room and board.

We’ll be posting photos of their projects in the near future.


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Small Home in San Francisco


I’ve often found that homes that appear quite simple on the outside are lovely inside. Also that in my experience, men tend to think of how a building looks on the exterior, whereas women tend to judge a home by the interior space and the life that can be lived within. That’s an observation from decades of observing both men and women and their ideas of what makes for a desirable home.

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Family Rebuilds Adirondack Lodge


The Whole Earth Catalog was a revelation to us in the ’70s. Then we (my wife, her brother and sister and I) were twenty-somethings sharing a family camp on a remote lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.Š

With our kids and their families, we’ve torn the place apart and rebuilt it. We talked, Keith Huff, a retired carpenter friend into doing the framing and roofing, and we’ve paid for some other services that were beyond us. But a lot of what’s happened has been our sweat equity.Š

–Jim Leach

This is Sneak Preview #4 from our forthcoming book, Small Homes, to be published in October, 2016.

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Five of America's Coolest Tiny Homes

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is a tiny-house aficionado who has scoured the country for dozens of the coolest examples of the microliving trend. In his new book, Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures*, he highlights his quirkiest finds.

They range from a 238-square-foot backyard cabin you can rent on Airbnb to a 135-square-foot trailer on wheels that one couple is driving across the country for a year.
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85-Year-Old Remodeled Cabin in Hawaii


Interior of Wayne Jacintho and Nancy Dawson’s small cabin on one of the Hawaiian Islands. Wayne, a native Hawaiian, outdoorsman, hunter, hiker, carpenter, and musician, did an extensive remodeling of this 85-year-old cabin.

Kitchen on left, living room/bedroom on right. The rustic log post and beam at right (actually a kind of truss) of Ohia Lehua wood were in the original cabin. Over the kitchen counter at left is a 4×6 cypress beam on top of a cypress post, with a loft above.

This is Sneak Preview #3 from our forthcoming book, Small Homes, to be published in October, 2016.

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We're Up on Tumblr!

The first part of the complete reorganization of our “social media” is now up and running: To start, we’ve posted 10 photos from our building books. This was set up by Sean Hellfritsch. Tumblr will be our photography platform.

We have over 7,000 photos in our 6 building books, and I have something like 15,000 photos (film and digital) dating back to the ’60s, maybe a third of them on building(s).

We are currently working on redesign of my blog, The Shelter Blog (this blog), Twitter and Facebook pages, Shelter’s website, and getting Instagram rolling.

With all this going on, I’m not posting very often these days, but I intend to get rolling with Instagram soon, and coordinate my Instagram photos with this blog.

Stay tuned.


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