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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.

Nubian-Style Domed Mud and Brick Homes of Mali


Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees for timber frames and struggling to save cash for a corrugated iron roof.

Now families are turning to an alternative: Nubian-style domed mud-brick homes that are cheaper, protect fast-vanishing local forests and make homes cooler in the worsening summer heat, experts say.


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True Costs of Using Recycled Materials for Tiny Homes

From my Facebook Author page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lloyd-Kahn/110048295717073): Note, I don’t do Facebook actively; I just have my blog posts put up automatically. There’s just not enough time in my day to be a full Facebook participant.

Hey, Lloyd Kahn. Thanks again for all your hard work, you inspire us! I have noticed a lot of articles in the tiny home archives over the years mentioning such statements as “Man builds tiny home for $500…” what about his total labor time, and those often overlooked overhead costs … do you find such a statement at all misleading? I am a licensed builder myself, running a company in Portland, OR and feel as tho I often have to re-educate clients as to what the “actual costs” of construction really are (mostly the cost of my time.) This conversation inevitably arises when during design phase we discuss the option of reclaimed materials … which almost always ends up costing more $ (sourcing, milling, install.) Hooray for folks who are living their dreams building a place of their own with their “free time,” but let’s also paint a realistic picture by including the price of time, and thus value the craft appropriately. As a builder yourself, any of your thoughts would be appreciated.

–Kiel Kellow

Kiel, You’re absolutely right, the costs (as here) are way more than $500 if you consider labor. Time is precious.


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San Antonio Students Turning Shipping Containers into Homes


Everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas, but a local group of high schoolers is proving that’s not always true. That’s because the students at NISD’s Construction Careers Academy are building homes out of shipping containers. It’s a bustling construction site at CCA, but the average age of workers there is about 17.

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

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