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Tiny Homes on the Move chronicles 21st-century nomads people who inhabit homes that are compact and mobile, either on wheels or in the water. In photos and stories, this fascinating book explores modern travelers who live in vans, pickup trucks, buses, trailers, sailboats, and houseboats that combine the comforts of home with the convenience of being able to pick up and go at any time. With over 1,000 color photos accompanying the stories and descriptions of these moveable sanctuaries, this is a valuable and inspirational book for anyone thinking outside the box about shelter.
"I started building almost 50 years ago, and have lived in a self-built home ever since. If I’d been able to buy a wonderful old good-feeling house, I might have never started building. But it was always cheaper to build than to buy, and by building myself, I could design what I wanted and use materials I wanted to live with.
I set off to learn the art of building in 1960. I liked the whole process immensely. Hammering nails. Framing delineating space. Nailing down the sub-floor, the roof decking. It’s a thrill when you first step on the floor you’ve just created.
Ideally I’d have worked with a master carpenter long enough to learn the basics, but there was never time. I learned from friends and books and by blundering my way into a process that required a certain amount of competence. My perspective was that of a novice, a homeowner rather than a pro. As I learned, I felt that I could tell others how to build, or at least get them started on the path to creating their own homes.
Through the years I’ve personally gone from post and beam to geodesic domes to stud frame construction. It’s been a constant learning process, and this has led me into investigating many methods of construction I’m interested in them all. For five years, the late ’60s to early ’70s, I built geodesic domes. I got into being a publisher by producing Domebook One in 1970 and Domebook 2 in 1971. I then gave up on domes (as homes) and published our namesake Shelter in 1973. We’ve published books on a variety of subjects over the years, and returned to our roots with Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter in 2004, Builders of the Pacific Coast and The Barefoot Architect in 2008, and Tiny Homes in 2012.
Building is my favorite subject. Even in this day and age, building a house with your own hands can save you a ton of money (I’ve never had a mortgage) and if you follow it through you can get what you want in a home." -Lloyd Kahn
Table of Contents
WHEELS 2 Vans Vagabond Surfer Van 4 Lloyd House's Van Revisited 6 Custom VW Vanagon 8 Amerikanomade 10 Nomad Oasis 12 E-Camper 14 Van Studio 16 La Cam'bane de Yogan et Menthé 18
Pickup trucks with camper shells Mikey's Snowchaser 20 Quickupcamper™ 22 Casual Turtle Campers 24 Jay's Lightweight Camper Shell 26 Old-Style Pickup Truck Camper 28 Pop-up Camper, for Two 30 A Day in the Life of Two Ski Bums 32 Rick's Rustic Camper 34 Wooden Camper Shell 36 The Roulotte 37
Housetrucks Federal Housetruck 38 Rob's French Army Housetruck 42 The Beermoth 44 Shachagra 46 Rustic Campers 48 Studio Trucks 50 The House-Box 52 Custom-Built House Truck 54 Traveller Dave 56
Housebuses School Bus Medicine Show Gypsy Wagon 60 From House to School Bus Home 62 Jif's Bus 64 The Wayland Family Schoolbus 66 School Bus Erickson 68 The Schoolbus Experience 70 School Bus Dentist 72
Trailers Homemade Vardo 74 The Don Vardo 76 Little Yellow Door 78 Renovated Trailer in California Desert 80 The Shepherd's Hut 82 Gypsy Wagons by Joseph 84 Matt's Solar-Powered Wagon 86 Kian's Mobile Home 88 Willow's Wagon 90 Roulotte in France 92 French Circus Caravan 94 The Fortune Cookie 96 My Teardrop Trailer 98 The ArcStream 100 Bear, the Tinker 102 Sisters on the Fly 106 El Cosmico Trailer Park 110 The Cub - A Micro Shelter on Wheels 112 Sumaya: A Little Piece of Sky 114 Phoenix Van 116 Cricket Trailer 117 The Campa All-Terrain Trailer 118 The Whinny-Bray-Go 120 The Reading Gypsy Wagon 122
Two-wheelers Mobile Workshop / Overnight Camper 122 The Veggie Wagon 124 Two-Wheeling It 126 Motorcycle/Camping Trip from Canada to South America and Back 128 The Tricycle House 130 Bike Trailer 132 Mark Hansen - Builder of Useful Things 134
WATER Sailboats Tara Tari 142 Living Aboard a Sailboat: A Way of Life 146 Misty Across the Pacific 150 Tolly's Sailboat 158 The Yonder 162 Native Girl 164 Sailing Solo on the High Seas 166 ToomanyPocketts S./V. 170 Chu Wey 172 Snookwis 174 Guided by the Stars, Powered by the Wind 176 Pacific Voyagers 178 The Proa Jzerro 182 Living Simply on a Sailboat 184 Slider, a Cruising Catamaran 186 Sailboat on the Road 188
Houseboats Shantyboat 190 Leviathan 192 Houseboat in Southern England 194 Halong Bay, Viet Nam 196 Houseboat in British Columbia 198 Dianne's Rose 200 The Moron Brothers of Kentucky & Their Shantyboat 202 The Huckleberry Houseboat 206