Tiny Homes: Simple Shelters
An interview with Lloyd Kahn, author of “Tiny Homes: Simple Shelters” (Originally aired on KWMR, Marin County, CA, Community Radio)
Join Lloyd Kahn as he discusses tiny homes, housing trends of the last 40 years, and living joyfully.
Since its release in January, 2012, Lloyd Kahn’s “Tiny Homes: Simple Shelters” has been blowing the doors off the publishing world. Now in its third printing, TH looks like an enduring classic, not surprising since Kahn has been writing about housing for more than 40 years, starting with his stint as Shelter Editor of the legendary Whole Earth Catalog.
If the success of Kahn’s new book is any indication, the tiny-house movement has broad appeal beyond DIYers. The book has gotten respectful reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and, as you might expect, from a plethora of green building sites. Moreover, the throngs coming to his slide shows around the country have a healthy mix of young and old enthusiasts–some of whom will be looking for a builder. Such projects may not be blessed with huge budgets but they may be a way to keep your crews busy. And, as any seasoned builder or shipbuilder knows, compact spaces require great skill to do well. So Kahn’s book may ultimately benefit the professional building community when Tiny Homes readers realize the skill required.
Whatever your take on tiny homes, Kahn always offers a fresh and disarmingly honest perspective on housing, his own success, and life. During the height of the dome craze in the 1970s, for example, Kahn–who was at that time the guru of the dome movement–suddenly yanked his best selling book on domes off the market because he no longer believed in them. His agent went nuts, but Kahn stuck by his decision because it was the right thing to do. “Admitting that you are wrong in front of millions of people is a wonderfully freeing experience,” Kahn muses.
© Michael Litchfield 2012