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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications Inc.,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936070110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936070117
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 27.7 x 36.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,232 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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A compendium of organic architecture past and present; a how-to book that includes over 1,250 illustrations; and a Whole Earth Catalog - type sourcebook for living in harmony with the earth.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
I am currently researching for a book on alternative housing and found a second hand edition of this book in a bookstore - it looks very much like I was beaten to it by these guys. They've done an excellent job - with articles on Tipis, domes and even pictures of a squatted housing community in London. I especially like the small black an white picture of the driftwood house built on top of a waterfall... The only reason I wouldn't give this 5 stars is because of the format of the book - Its the same size as a broadsheet newspaper (although this may have changed with newer printing of this title) and with around 200 pages is even more difficult to read on the train.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bobotov on 6 Jun. 2006
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Wow! 6 stars!

Get lost in this book forever! Be inspired! I keep on finding new stuff in this all the time, loads of great ideas, amazing stories. I think the format makes it even more fun and loads of hand drawn sketches give you loads of inspiration. Check out Homework too and see how many people shelter has inspired. I love it, i bet you will too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 11 Jan. 2012
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Was a gift for my partner who is into the bushcraft, survival type holidays. He loved it. I think it's one of those classic handbooks. All sorts of dwellings from all over the world. He loved it and is planning a creation for the garden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Brown on 12 Feb. 2014
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I love this book - My DIY career is primarily focussed on the rebuilding of my 1895 Victorian Terrace, but the book nevertheless inspired my self build kitchen extension built from the contents of other people's skips and what I can do in the present governments "planning" holiday without offending either my neighbours or destroying the planet. Maybe a chapter or a page on Walter Segal's work, would be a good revision, though this might give it a Eurocentric turn that might negatively effect the flavour.

Robin Brown
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Simpson on 17 Feb. 2009
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This book is perfect for anyone interested in shelter, as a building project or research project! Wonderful pictures and diagrams examining almost every existing and extinct shelter in history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Reiss on 18 Dec. 2010
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Great book. Full of stuff to look at and to read. Makes great gift for hippies who love to dream about moving, to a house made of tyres and mud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Log on 19 Sept. 2012
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a very good book, lots of information on the specified and well illustrated
very good book for anyone outdoors witrh some spare time
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hamgray on 16 Jun. 2009
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I came across this book in a holiday home and enjoyed it so much I decided to order it from Amazon.
`Shelter' is a collection of photographs and housing wisdom originally assembled by Lloyd Kahn in 1973. The book could be categorised as being somewhere between a coffee-table book and DIY/lifestyle manual. As such `Shelter' can be dipped into for visual interest or for more in-depth reading.
Not only is there a vast selection of photography of different types of housing from around the globe but there are useful pages on everything from woodland management to assembling and putting up one's own timber frame. The main point the book appears to make is that a real home cannot and should not be mass produced, and that "shelter" can be as much about personal expression as about being a means to keep warm and dry.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in sustainable and hand-made building techniques. There are also other books created by Lloyd and Shelter Publications that follow on from this book which may also be of interest; this includes a book about septic systems!
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