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Shelter Paperback – 1973


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Shelter; first edition edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394709918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394709918
  • Product Dimensions: 36.8 x 27.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,516,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 build-ing 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, The Barefoot Architect in 2008, Builders of the Pacific Coast in 2008, and Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter 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.

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Illustrates and describes simple dwellings, and contains suggestions on constructing homes with natural materials. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 1998
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I believe this book was out of print for a while so it is nice to have it back. Architecture students or anyone with an interest in architecture would appreciate this book. It is a good look at how humans have satisfied one of our basic needs. It is an exhaustive collection of human habitats, written in a clever and unprentious way (unlike most architecture books!). If you like this book, you may also enjoy books by Witold Rybczynski such as Home, and Looking Around.
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Informative and Interesting 24 Sept. 1998
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I believe this book was out of print for a while so it is nice to have it back. Architecture students or anyone with an interest in architecture would appreciate this book. It is a good look at how humans have satisfied one of our basic needs. It is an exhaustive collection of human habitats, written in a clever and unprentious way (unlike most architecture books!). If you like this book, you may also enjoy books by Witold Rybczynski such as Home, and Looking Around.
Recommended for primer on the evolution of "home" 16 Nov. 2013
By Michael Carney - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting for its breadth of housing types covered. Does not seem to be very thoroughly researched. Much of the text is correspondence from people who have observed the various homes. I like the page layout with its variety of illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.
love this book! 10 Jan. 2014
By kittysan - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book enough to have saved it since the early 70's (I think) and then met a friend I knew would love it too so I was thrilled when I found it still in print here! A book worth owning for yeaers and years!
Great Reference Book 17 Feb. 2013
By Lorraine Bollard - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must for any person wanting to build their own home in an alternative day. There are great illustrations and reference diagrams.
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