Cob House in Northern Spain

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Dear Lloyd & Co,

I’ve been an admirer of your work since I came across the first Shelter book years and years ago. I wanted to send you a link to a self-published book that we’ve just brought out about our natural building & ecological learning project here in Northern Spain.

Our cob cabin was already featured on Lloyd’s Blog

The book’s available here: www.abrazohouse.org/… It’s in English and Spanish, free to view online or download. If you like it, share it or give it a mention on the blog!
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Small Homes Book Sneak Preview #19 – Damian Helliwell's Straw Bale Home in Scotland

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Interiors of Damian Helliwell’s straw bale home on a small island off the west coast of Scotland. Construction is timber frame, and the straw bale walls are protected on the exterior with shiplap cedar siding. Heat and hot water are provided by a homemade rocket box stove. It took Damian four years to complete the house.

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Cool Tiny House Airbnb Rental in Oakland

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This is a modern tiny house on wheels in Oakland, California. This tiny home is available as a vacation rental. On the outside, it even features a rooftop deck. Inside, you’ll find a kitchen, table, living area, bathroom, and an upstairs sleeping loft accessible by a staircase with rails.

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Life in a Magical Vardo-Style Caravan



Gypsy vardo wagons have become something of a symbol of freedom. The home of the traveller, yet home none-the-less. For Frenchy, a young woman from Wellington, New Zealand who works in performance arts and frequently travels, building her own Gypsy vardo–style Caravan was the ideal housing solution…

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Dutch Woman's Modern Tiny House Gets Approval from Local Council

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Though they are by no means mainstream, tiny houses are emerging as quite the cultural phenomenon, with entire television shows and blogs being built around this architectural genre, lifestyle and philosophy. While regulations in many places have yet to recognize them as legal places to live in full-time, some municipalities are catching up.

Another case in point is Dutch tiny houser Marjolein Jonker, the resident of this lovely tiny dwelling, who is also a “tiny house ambassador” and advocate. Jonker now has her home parked on a small plot of land on an “industrial estate,” actually provided by the council of the town of Alkmaar, in the Netherlands. She’s the first person in the area to have her tiny home given the legal go-ahead.

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Zyl Vardos' MoonDragon

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One of my favorite tiny house builders is Abel Zyl of Zyl Vardos. He is a creative genius and has come up with some very unique tiny homes on wheels…

He just completed his latest called the MoonDragon and is getting ready to deliver it to the new owner in California.

Abel Zyl’s Fortune Cookie was also featured in Tiny Homes on the Move.

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Amid Obstacles, Tiny Homes Gaining Popularity in Bay Area

Tired of watching their earnings evaporate every month to cover rent and other basics, Aaron Castle and his fiancee, Candace Anderson, made a decision to go tiny.

They downsized their closets and got rid of many other possessions and today live in a 139-square-foot cedar shingle cottage on wheels that they built. The dwelling is smaller than a two-car garage but has everything they need: a kitchen with a three-burner range and stove, a bathtub, bathroom with a compostable toilet and an upstairs loft that’s big enough to fit a king-size bed…

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Small Homes Book Sneak Preview #18 – Small Home in Lithuania, Builder Inspired by Shelter

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I started as a carpenter when I was 16 in Montana. I was working as a dishwasher when a builder, who was a regular at the counter, liked the way I worked and offered me a job. During the next two years, we built houses, and I was exposed to the first printing of Shelter. This was in 1973.

Shelter had a significant influence on me and opened my eyes and mind to many paths, which I explored…

In the summer of 1994, when I was sent to Lithuania to show a Lithuanian building contractor how to assemble an American technology house — the first in the then recent break-away from the Soviet Union. It took me about two weeks to decide I wanted to live there, and over the following years, I saved money in preparation for my move to Lithuania.

In 2003 I loaded everything into a container and moved to a piece of land I had purchased in northern Lithuania…

–Dan Combellick


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Filmmaker Converts Cargo Van into Mobile Home-Office

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There are a lot of mainstream stereotypes aimed at those who have the gumption to live an alternative lifestyle. Live off the grid in a solar-powered home? Well, then you must be a tree-hugging hermit living out in the boonies. Believe in zero-waste? Then you must be a hippie zealot. Anyway, as you can imagine, stereotypes can be inaccurate at best, and hurtful at the worst, but the conventional response to someone who’s living out of their vehicle is that they must be too poor to afford an apartment, or some irresponsible, slacker millennial with no direction.

Busting all of these stereotypes is American filmmaker Zach Both, who has been living in this converted ten-year-old Chevy cargo van for the past year. It’s a home and mobile filmmaking studio all rolled into one modernist package on wheels.

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9-Year-Old Girl Builds Shelters for the Homeless and Grows Food for Them, Too

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Though Hailey Fort is only 9 years old, she has already done more to help the homeless and needy than many of us have. This young girl spends her free time building mobile shelters for the homeless, and even grows food and provides toiletries…

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