Lloyd Kahn on Building a Home, Reconsidering a Tiny House On Wheels, and Documenting 50 Years of DIY Dwellings - Tiny House Blog

Lloyd Kahn on Building a Home, Reconsidering a Tiny House On Wheels, and Documenting 50 Years of DIY Dwellings

Lloyd Kahn

Today Ethan’s guest is Lloyd Kahn, and if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve probably seen one of his books. Lloyd published the seminal book, Shelters in 1973, documenting alternative housing ideas not limited to but including tiny houses, well before the current modern movement.

Lloyd has a lifelong fascination with shelter, and in this conversation, we trace the steps of how an insurance broker in San Francisco built his own home and slowly transitioned to publishing internationally about Geodesic Domes, Rolling Homes, Tiny Houses, Mobile Houses, Driftwood Shelters, and more. DIY building. While many thousands of the homes that Lloyd has documented over the years are small or tiny, he’s got a healthy amount of skepticism about the tiny home movement.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about Lloyd’s books, his original influences of the counter-culture of the 1960s, and how the concept of shelter has changed over the years.

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In This Episode:

  • How did Lloyd’s fascination with shelter begin?
  • Why Lloyd’s 1973 book Shelter is the most important of his work
  • Why Lloyd decided to pull his Dome Books off the shelves even though they were selling
  • Why Lloyd says that Builders of the Pacific Coast is Lloyds favorite book
  • Lloyd tells the story of meeting and building with Derek ‘Deek’ Diedricksen
  • Why Dome homes have fallen out of favor (and Lloyd is more than okay with that!)
  • How Lloyd got into publishing in the first place
  • What is causing the current fascination with tiny houses?
  • Lloyds advice for first-time DIY home builders
  • Lloyds two favorite houses of all times
  • Lloyd’s take on aging well (He’s 83!)
  • Lloyds new book coming soon: The Half Acre Homestead (it sounds amazing!)
  • Lloyd Kahn is the former shelter editor of The Whole Earth Catalog and editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications. He has published a series of books on building including Shelter and Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.

Lloyd Kahn

Rolling Homes book

Lloyd at Shelter Publications

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