If anyone can teach you the pitfalls of building your own home then Lloyd Kahn can. He was the author of the 1970 geodesic dome book which inspired many during a period when people could afford to take time out and live the dream…’fat times’ as he calls them. He is the author of many books including Tiny Homes Simple Shelter which includes inspiring stories of people who down-sized to the likes of a 128ft cabin, a houseboat, or trailers that get over the requirement of land ownership.
In this short film profile by Jason Sussberg we get a brief overview of Kahn’s move from geodesic inspired creations to the less complicated, such as his reclaimed home in Northern California where he lives with his wife Lesley on a half-acre homestead. Whilst talking about the economic climate of today and the use of reclaimed material Kahn takes us on a skateboarding tour of some housing failures – made by machines that create sterile environments. As he says…we still have ten digits and a saw…shelter is more than a roof over your head. A glimpse inside his own home shows why.
Lloyd also runs Shelter Publications, his own books have a dedicated page on Amazon UK here.