Blasting Through the Past with Architect and Tiny House Grandfather, Lester Walker

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This week, Tiny House Podcast interviews Lester Walker, regarded as the grandfather of the Tiny House movement. Lester was into tiny houses before they were even called that. While humans were being blasted into space in tiny capsules in the 60s, he wondered about similar spaces on land for living in. Then, 20 years later, Lester won a competition to design a 1500 square foot house. From there his passion caught fire. He wondered “why we can’t build smaller?”…for all kinds of reasons. He wrote a book, then another. Lester, who could be considered the grandfather of tiny houses, today runs his successful architecture firm with his son Jess. On this episode we blast through Lester’s love of tiny houses and how for a time they captivated his attention.

The Podcast Episode Show Notes has lots of links and pictures of some of the houses Lester refers to in the interview. Check it out: https://tinyhousepodcast.com/episodes/s1e25-blasting-through-the-past-with-architect-and-tiny-house-grandfather-lester-walker

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DG - February 4, 2016 Reply

After the 1906 earthquake from Redwood and Douglas Fir the Army built 5,610 “relief houses” for nearly 16,500 displaced people.. The cottages were grouped inside camps, 11 camps all together in which people paid two dollars each month for rent, but after 1907 most people had moved out. The $2. month rent went toward the purchase price of $50. of each cottage. The cottage cost on average $100 to put-up. Only a few of the shacks still exist one of the 67 sq. ft cottages in 2006 sold for over $500,000.

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