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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.


Small Homes for Homeless Created by Oakland Artist

“An artist in Oakland, California, is using his skills to help the homeless by building small enclosures that serve as portable homes and offer safety and protection from the elements. An industrial section of West Oakland, beneath freeway overpasses, is dotted with tiny houses designed and built by a local artist. Some are little more than one meter wide and several meters long, but come complete with doors and windows. Greg Kloehn has built and given away at least 20 of the structures. Several are on the roadside near where freight trains pass. The artist stops by to visit and a formerly homeless man named Oscar Young embraces him outside Young’s small residence…”

For more on this article check out www.voanews.com.

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Are Tiny Houses a Viable Affordable Housing Solution?

billmoyers.com:2014:10:06:are-tiny-houses-one-solution-to-homelessness:…The [tiny house] movement began as an effort by a small group of individuals to shrink their carbon footprint. “The size of your house probably has more to do with how eco-friendly the house is than anything, because you have to heat and cool that space and heating and cooling is what uses most of the energy. So having a small space automatically makes you more eco-friendly,” says Brian Levy, an expert in implementing sustainable energy who has worked with the Department of Energy and has built a model tiny home, called Minim House…

Cruise on over to www.billmoyers.com and check out the article.

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Wooden Teardrop Trailers and Surfboards Built in France


“Born in the heart of the Basque country, UhainaPo is to Classic Surfboard Spirit what a Stradivarius is in the world of violin. Surfboards, paddles, longboard, bodyboard, Hawaiian canoes UhainaPo offers the intact pleasure of a real authentic surf.

Manufactured with the same requirements as UhainaPo products, TearDrops Uhainapo Travel will allow you to travel in comfort and respect for nature.”


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Family of Four in 540 sq. ft. Small Home

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Interior designer Jessica Helgerson and her family had every intention of spending only a few nights in their new summer home. But the weekend turned into a few weeks, and up until this day, the Helgersons can’t bring themselves to leave. “We came over on the weekend of my birthday and never left,” says Helgerson…”

Check out the article at www.houzz.com/….

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Oregon Timber Frame Barn 2014

The owners of this magnificent new barn still under construction wish to remain anonymous, so I won’t be specific about location.

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interior of timber frame barn in oregon under constructionpost detail of timber frame barn in oregon under constructionIt was one of those serendipitous finds: I ran into a cabinet maker while out photographing barns and he asked if I’d like to see a large timber frame barn. Did I! I followed him for about 20 miles into the hills until we arrived at the barn.

It was starting to get dark when I was there, so I had about 20 minutes to shoot these photos.

It is 70′ by 100′.

The timbers were cut by Collin Beggs Timber Framing in Northern Idaho. The posts and beams were salvaged from Douglas Fir trees that had been killed by timber beetles in Idaho and Montana. The curved wind braces were not cut out of dimensional lumber, but follow the natural curves of timber (from a certified forest) not suitable for milling.

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Curved Roof Barns


Hi Lloyd,

Complete BuildingWhen I read about your interest in curve roofed barns, I thought of the barn Ryan Lee designed this year. I wrote to Ryan for permission to share these with you and he is happy to do so. The barn has not been cut or built yet, but should be done in the spring of 2015. The design was created using Dietrich’s software.

Chris Dancey
Manager of Communication
Dietrich’s North America

Ryan Lee: www.midwesttimberframes.com

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