Tiny Homes on the Move – nomadic houses that offer an adventurous yet simpler way of life


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Lloyd Kahn’s books read like zines, right down to the occasionally grainy illustrations. In spite of that (because of that?), I will be buying this book, just like I bought the others.

His last book had several pages of thumbnail-sized illustrations of up-fitted school buses. Some with VW campers hacked onto the roofs; at least one with a sailboat hacked on there. I found myself wishing I could learn more about those. Hopefully this book explores some of those homes, and doesn’t rehash too many we’ve seen before.

Very cool. I am going to get a copy and then send a copy to my brother, who gave me Some Turtles Have Nice Shells a few years ago and has always dreamed of building a vardo.

We actually had my grandfather’s copy of this 1929 book (along with others in the series), but we lost it in a basement flood about ten years back… But Appleton basically invented the mobile home.

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Gregory Lincoln Kloehn is an artist that has been making tiny homes in Oakland for the past few years. He’s gotten some press, but hasn’t updated his own site for a couple of years. There are several of his units along Beach St. in West Oakland currently.


There was a splendid old AK Press (I think) book from the late 70s/early 80s called ‘Ideal Homes’ that prompted me to fuck off and live in a bus. It was fun.

Our parents picked up one of the shepherd’s huts featured in the extract about a decade ago. The guy who makes them has just been back to replace some rotted window parts but it’s great. I’ve spent a few nights in it when the house has been full of guests and with it’s tiny wood fired stove it’s very cosy

Not the most mobile though - cast steel wheels, no suspension and a nightmare to reverse as it pivots both at the front axle and at the tow-hook.

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