Tiny Homes on the Move Wheels and Water

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  • Copyright: 2014-05-20
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications
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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.

Author Biography

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Fille - Tugboat Home 208

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