Welcome to the Shelter Blog

How does this differ from other blogs and websites on the subject of homes and shelter? It’s not all recycled web content. Much of what appears below is original material — feedback from people who have been inspired to build homes from our books over the past 40 years. You’ll see it first here.

Green Bridge Farm: Going Green from the Ground Up

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Michael Maddox has been reading Mother Earth News since he was in high school, and has always wanted the lifestyle described in its pages. Now in his 60s, he’s reached a point where not only can he bring that dream to fruition, but he can also share it with others.

His strong desire to “think globally, act locally” is why he decided to subdivide part of the farm that’s been in his family since 1798. He received approval for his subdivision from the county zoning commission in 2008, and soon began selling 1.2- to 1.6-acre plots on 25 wooded acres in Effingham County, Georgia. Unlike many subdivisions where McMansions are the prevailing aesthetic, Green Bridge Farm sets maximum square footage and heights, and requires that 90 percent of each site remains wooded. The subdivision has an organic farm at its center.


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Missoula's Tiny Home Dwellers Vary as Much as the Houses Themselves


The tiny home movement is filled with dedicated followers who believe in the idea that people don’t need as many possessions or as much space as they’ve grown accustomed to.

Micro homes can range in size from 80 square feet to 400 square feet, though depending on who you ask, homes up to 1,000 square feet are included. Here are three people who’ve lived, built and led the way in the tiny home movement in Missoula.


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Cordwood Hermit Hut by Rob Roy


Lloyd tells me this one is too small for his new book on small houses. Well, it’s not really a house, anyway, just a cabin for a single student at Earthwood Building School, a hermit…

Eight-inch (8″) cordwood walls are supported on a foundation with an 8-foot square footprint, leaving just 45 sq. ft. of actual usable space. Still, there is a desk, a chair, a bed, two large ventilating windows. The door has to open out. The place is so small you have to step outside to change your mind.

The building was timber-framed by students at one of our Timber Framing for the Rest of Us workshops, and the cordwood was done at Cordwood Masonry workshops. Some of the students put interesting design features into the walls, like a sailboat — and a hermit!

Go to www.cordwoodmasonry.com for more on Earthwood’s classes. Our 2016 schedule will be posted about November 1st.

–Rob Roy

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Brad Kittel's Kickstarter Campaign

Brad Kittel from the Tiny Homes book (pages 44-49 and on the cover) has started a Kickstarter campaign for a book of plans for 30 houses built of 95% salvaged materials free of plastic, vinyl, sheetrock, or latex paints. Check it out.

Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/318443601/tiny-texas-houses-building-plans

Nine years ago I began pioneering the 95% Pure Salvage Building techniques that have been perfected over the years in the form of Tiny Texas Houses. They are now built using “Space Magic,” a term I coined for making spaces seem much bigger than they are through illusions of a sort few others in the tiny house industry seem to understand. Read More …

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