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    DescriptionThere's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays - many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter - seeking an alternative to high rents, or a lifelong mortgage debt to a bank on an overpriced home. 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. There are 1,300 photos, showing a rich variety of small homemade shelters, and there are stories (and thoughts and inspirations) of the owner-builders who are on the forefront of this new trend in downsizing and self-sufficiency. You can buy a ready-made tiny home, build your own, get a kit or pre-fab, or live in a bus, houseboat, or other movable shelter. Some cities have special ordinances for building "in-law" or "granny flats" in the back yard. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo. If you're thinking of scaling back, you'll find plenty of inspiration shown by builders, designers, architects, dreamers, artists, road gypsies, and water dwellers who've achieved a measure of freedom and independence by taking shelter into their own hands.

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    Tiny Homes
    Simple Shelter
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lloyd Kahn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 229 mm
    Height: 305 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 1,021 g
    ISBN 13: 9780936070520
    ISBN 10: 0936070528

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: 728.3
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T General Subject: 300
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14220
    Libri: ENGM5760
    BISAC V2.8: HOM004000
    Ingram Subject Code: DH
    BISAC V2.8: HOM011000
    BIC subject category V2: AMKD
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HOM022000
    DC22: 728/.3
    Libri: HUET4000
    DC23: 728
    LC classification: NA7205 .K34 2012
    Thema V1.0: AMK
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    1300 Colour Photographs
    Shelter Publications Inc.,U.S.
    Imprint name
    Shelter Publications Inc.,U.S.
    Publication date
    24 January 2012
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    Author Information
    "I started building almost 50 years ago, and have lived in a self-built home ever since. If I'd been able to buy a wonderful old good-feeling house, I might have never started building. But it was always cheaper to build than to buy, and by building myself, I could design what I wanted and use materials I wanted to live with. I set off to learn the art of building in 1960. I liked the whole process immensely. Hammering nails. Framing -- delineating space. Nailing down the sub-floor, the roof decking. It's a thrill when you first step on the floor you've just created. Ideally I'd have worked with a master carpenter long enough to learn the basics, but there was never time. I learned from friends and books and by blundering my way into a process that required a certain amount of competence. My perspective was that of a novice, a homeowner -- rather than a pro. As I learned, I felt that I could tell others how to build, or at least get them started on the path to creating their own homes. Through the years I've personally gone from post and beam to geodesic domes to stud frame construction. It's been a constant learning process, and this has led me into investigating many methods of construction -- I'm interested in them all. For five years, the late '60s to early '70s, I built geodesic domes. I got into being a publisher by producing "Domebook One" in 1970 and "Domebook 2" in 1971. I then gave up on domes (as homes) and published our namesake "Shelter" in 1973. We've published books on a variety of subjects over the years, and returned to our roots with Home Work: "Handbuilt Shelter" in 2004, "Builders of the Pacific Coast," and "The Barefoot Architect" in 2008. Building is my favorite subject. Even in this day and age, building a house with your own hands can save you a ton of money (I've never had a mortgage) and -- if you follow it through -- you can get what you want in a home." --Lloyd Kahn
    Review quote
    ."..our friend Lloyd Kahn's beautiful book, "Tiny Homes."" --Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing ""Tiny Homes" is an amazing collection. ...The homes might be tiny but your inspiration is huge." --Richard Zanuck, Film Producer ."..a quirky photo-rich book that preaches the benefits of a 'grassroots movement to scale things back.'" --Jeffery Trachtenberg, "Wall Street Journal" ."..a glorious portfolio of quirky makers and dreamers..." --Penelope Green, "New York Times" "Before McMansions, before the counter culture was granite and marble, there was Lloyd Kahn, champion of the hand-built house . . . progenitor of the new do-it-yourself movement" --Patricia Leigh Brown, "New York Times" "The common thread that weaves between the stories is the builders' immense pride of place, a drive for independence and a vision that, when little goes to waste, life can have greater meaning." --HomeGrown.Org " ...a refreshing view into the wonderful world of small houses." "--Watershed Sentinel", BC, Canada ."..splendid photos of home exteriors, interiors and landscapes..." "--Urban Times" "What these structures might lack in square footage they more than make up for in economy, character and appeal..." --U-T San Diego