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Tiny Texas Houses Makes Tiny Homes Tiny Book

A totally unexpected treat came in the mail a few days ago: a tiny (4" x 4") handmade book by Brad and Bryl of Tiny Texas Houses. It was made with a paper bag and has 6 pull-out tabs. Incredible.
There are 6 pages on Brad's Tiny Texas Houses in Tiny Homes. All built with salvaged material, designs based on local shacks and farm buildings. The cover of (our) book is one of TTH's buildings with a rainbow, and they used it as a cover for their mini-book.

To the left of center here is a thin chip of wood that pulls out. Best holiday card ever. Everything about our about-to-be-launched book is feeling good!

Music Este Semana

A great week for musical discoveries:
1. Unannounced, a CD arrived in the mail from Pepe Alvarez: I Have to Paint My Face: Mississippi Blues 1960. Makes me want to move to Mississippi! Acoustic recordings by Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records, bless him for all his good work, these are bluesmen who never made it into prime time. Blues fans, I heartily recommend this one; you'll love it.
2. Marion Williams, Remember Me. I've had this gospel record for years, just pulled it out. Marion had a 4-octave vocal range. I listened to it driving along the coast a few days ago. What power! Black gospel singers get the message of Jesus right. What joy! Another of my gospel favorites is Dorothy Love Coates.
3. On The Jimmy Reed Highway Omar Kent Dykes and Jimmie Vaughan, along with guests like James Cotton and Delbert McClinton, are channelling Jimmy here. Baby What You Want me To Do, Bright Lights Big City, and a version of Big Boss Man that's had me dancing (when no one's around), and has been rolling through my brain for days/ You ain't so big, you just tall that's all… Thanks to bayrider for the tip on this one. More good music from Austin…

Deek's Stunned by Tiny Homes

On his Relaxshacks blog yesterday, Deek Diedricksen, artist, author, builder, blogger, and prankster, upon receiving his copy of Tiny Homes. Deek brings fun into the tiny home movement.


Thomas Builds Pallet House in North Carolina

Hi, Lloyd!
First, I want to say thank you for publishing such amazing books. So very inspiring.
   Secondly, I thought you might be interested in seeing the 8'x14' house I'm currently building out of reclaimed pallets. Here's a link where you can see photos taken with my iPhone: http://shltr.net/palleths  
   In January 2011, I purchased 5.69 acres of forest land, bordered on all sides by the Pisgah National Forest, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina near Asheville. There is currently no road going to my land, but I am able to drive within 1700 feet of it, so all the materials were carried in by hand strapped to a metal-frame backpack.
   All the lumber has been purchased from local saw-millers who harvest trees that would otherwise be sawed into firewood or thrown into the landfill. Two rather large logs were given to me by the Gateway Museum in Old Fort, NC and one was used to build the Sycamore timber trusses, which will have triangular windows in them that open. The other is a spalted Maple and is currently planned to become the final interior wall covering.

Cedar Siding For Tiny Home on Trailer


"For a truly homelike feel, there’s nothing like cedar siding on the exterior. For the Ballard model we’re building, we used kiln-dried, tight-knot cedar. We chose a lap pattern with a seven-inch reveal alternating with a one and three-quarter-inch reveal. We love the distinctive look it gives.…"
http://seattletinyhomes.com/blog/

BBC Video on Tiny Homes

To: "'Lloyd Kahn'"
Subject: RE: Tiny House story
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:57:02 -0000

Hi Lloyd,
This story on BBC news today:
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16348594
Gareth.

Louie

I met Louie about15 years ago when a mutual friend brought me over to his shop. As we drove up to about the prettiest building I'd ever seen, Louie came out through the door with an old tattered copy of our 1973 book Shelter, told me to crouch down with him in the doorway. "Look,' he said, pointing to the Mandan Lodge on p. 4 of Shelter, "I built this building from this painting in your book." Wow! He turned out to be one of my 2 favorite builders in the world (the other is Lloyd House) and one of my very bestest of friends. He is the featured builder in HomeWork.
   Louie's a master craftsman. Everything he does is finely crafted. He's a constant inspiration to me to do things better. It's a treat for me to come up to his place. We walk along the riverbed, look for mushrooms, go out on his sailboat, drive along the coast (one day along the ocean listening to Leonard Cohen), have wild duck dinners, visit interesting people, and have whatever adventures we can conspire up.
This is where I stay when I visit; it's a a circular room adjacent to the shop, desk on the left for my MacBook Air. I set up my Sirius radio and get in some writing while looking out at the vineyard, apple orchard and redwoods. Fire burning in little woodstove right now this cold sunny afternoon.

(Photoshop junkies: The Photomerge function didn't work here, so I just pasted them side by side.)

Note: This is getting posted out of sequence. Such is life.

OLD Friends

I bailed from my job as an insurance broker in San Francisco (and from my generation) in the mid-60s. In 1964, I bought a lid of weed (really a tin Prince Albert can) from a tattooed sailor in Mill Valley, smoked a bit that night and went totally on to the right side of my brain. Boy! My days in the business world were doomed.
Things were happening in SF, the world was changing, and after a trip riding the rails and hitchhiking to the east coast, I returned home, quit my then-well-paying job and went to work as a carpenter. 1965. What a relief to quit wearing suits, which I hated, and to now go to lumber yards and drive around in a pickup truck scavenging building materials.
I left the culture of my age group and dove into the cutural revolution. People 10 years younge -- what they were into resonated with me. My high school and college friends stayed on the business track, with its attendant economic rewards. I'm the only long-haired guy from the Lowell class of '52. So it's with interest I go to the occasional luncheon reunions. Here were maybe 15 guys and I felt a genuine affection for a bunch of them, in spite of economic and political differences. Some deep roots here. When we grew up, we thought the whole world was like San Francisco, the whole world like California. (Were we wrong!) Next year in October we're having our 60th (ulp!) reunion.

Rollerman Skating Prone Down Mountain Pass


"Rollerman, alias Jean-Yves Blondeau, is the proud owner of the world's only rollerblading supersuit. When he puts it on, he becomes Rollerman - he should have been on "So You Want To Be A Superhero."
   The Rollerman suit is Blondeau's own invention, a 31-wheel roller suit that allows him to move on paved surfaces in an amazing number of positions at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.
   He is a student in a design school in Paris; he created the body rolling suit as part of his work in school. He says that he wanted to "prove the people can roll in any position" - I think he makes his point…"
http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=810
Sent by Jack Burns

4-Story Granaries Built of Mud in Tunisia

"The Ksar Ouled Soltane is a popular tourist attraction in Tunisia’s southern province of Tataouine. The Ksar Ouled Soltane is a particularly attractive and well-preserved fortified granary built by the Berbers in the 15th Century. A Ksar is a term describing a Berber village consisting of generally attached houses, often having collective granaries and other structures (mosque, bath, oven, shops) widespread among the oasis populations of North Africa.
The multi-level granaries are called ghorfas and the fortified village is the Ksar. Granaries were fortified to stop raids on a village’s food supply. Ksar Ouled Soltane is located on a hilltop, to help protect it from raiding parties in previous centuries. You can explore all the little staircases and different levels of the structure.…"http://www.zacktravel.com/ksar-ouled-soltane/

Old Log Cabin

"Zane Grey’s 1920s wilderness cabin on the Rogue River in Winkle Bar, Oregon.  Best known for Riders of the Purple Sage (1912), which helped establish the formula of the modern western, Grey wrote nearly 90 novels, travelled extensively, and is rumored to have fished in excess of 300 days a year.
(Source: Flickr / photosbyadrienne)"
http://freecabinporn.com/

Thatched Houses in England

http://www.zacktravel.com/thatched-houses/

Tiny Homes Are Hot!

I sure wish I could say we cleverly timed it this way, but it's been pure fortuitousness. Two years in the making, and our tiny homes book is about to arrive in the USA next week* and verily, the subject is hot as a firecracker. The media can't get enough of tiny homes right now. Easy to see why: bankrupt mortgages, grossly overlarge houses, high rents. What's a poor boy to do but build his own house? What;s a poor girl to do but the same?

Above fromABC News, Charleston, S.C., Dec. 26, 2011
"Local couple builds 200 square feet dream home
…Not long out of college, uncertainty in the current economy is what the couple says was a key element in their decision to enter the tiny house market.…The couple says any time they talk about the house, there is plenty of interest. They hope their construction will spark enough interest to spread the popularity of tiny houses and their benefits.…"
"'People my age, people I talk to that don't want to be indebted, people that are coming out of college in an economically unstable time. ...Many are interested,' Tremols said.…"
http://www.abcnews4.com/story/16386340/tiny-house

*by sea from Hong Kong through the Panama Canal, up the Mississippi through New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee, thence a few hundred miles by truck to the Perseus/PGW warehouse, from whence it'll be shipped out to bookstores, should be available late January. Boy, it's been a long haul.

All My Blog Photos in One Place


Pintarest is an "online billboard." Somehow it's got all (most?) of my blog photos from the last few years, organized like a scrolling poster. I don't remember if I signed up for this, but I think it's great. (Many photos are posted numerous times, probably because I went back and corrected certain posts.)

Also check out the "architecture" category: http://pinterest.com/all/?category=architecture.

Thankful Yurt

"We are a French-American family with two little ones, building our eco-home in the Dordogne countryside. Kevin is French, a carpenter and green builder (as well as a translator), Elizabeth is American and a full-time mama and formerly a psychotherapist in California. We have a delightful 3 year old boy and baby girl. We are very interested in sustainable living and growing, permaculture, meditation and community. And you!
*please note: We would love to host volunteers with building skills, especially skills in carpentry, wood-working and roofing!"
http://www.workaway.info/87851944d974-en.html

Tiny Houses in Texas

(Brad Kittel's Tiny Texas Houses are featured in Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.)

Story by Ray Bragg, photo by Billy Calzada in San Antonio Express-News, December 25, 2011
"LULING – Although Brad Kittel runs a construction company, he's really in the deconstruction business.
As owner of Tiny Texas Houses, located on hilltop that overlooks Interstate 10, he builds homes that are a fraction of the size of the modern McMansion. His basic sales pitch: sometimes a little is more than enough.

Keith Levy's "Flying Tortoise" housebus in New Zealand

"Keith purchased his 1977 Bedford Bus back in 2007 with the idea of living in it off-the-grid full-time. Living off the grid is nothing new to Keith. He has been at it for the last 21 years, living mostly on boats and finally making it to land with the purchase of his bus named “The Flying Tortoise.”
The Flying Tortoise has a slew of unique features to help make living on his 131 square feet bus more comfortable and certainly more interesting. After looking at some of the images of Keith’s bus, it’s apparent that alot of thought and creativity have gone into his tiny home.…"
http://tinyhouselistings.com/creative-tiny-house-off-the-grid-bus-on-steroids/

Keith's bus is featured in our new book (set to hit bookstores late January), Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

Great photos cordwood houses

Short lengths of debarked trees (cordwood) are laid with a mixture of mortar and insulating materials - such as sawdust or spray foam - in between the mortar. The longer the length of the logs, the better the insulation qualities. 12 inches to 18 inches is most common and wood species will also determine insulating value. On average, a 12 inch wide wall will have a 20-25 R value. Cabin by Rob Roy. Image by Pseu www.flickr.com
http://inspirationgreen.com/cordwood-construction.html
Gail and Mark Dupar’s cordwood shed on Decatur Island in Washington’s San Juans. Image: John Granen, Kathleen Brenzel, www.blog.drummondhouseplans.com

Sent us by Pepe Alvarez

Mighty Fisherman: One Horseneck Clam

I went clamming a few days ago and after an hour of shoveling, returned home with one horseneck clam. (The limit is 10.) Anyway, it worked out pretty well. I've learned that if you put horsenecks in a bucket of fresh water, they die right away, and within a few hours you can just peel the skin off the neck, leaving you with a nice piece of white meat similar to calamari. I chopped this up finely with a knife and added cocktail sauce, lime, worcestershire sauce, it was really good, like a shrimp cocktail. Then I cleaned out the body of the clam, and steamed it in a little water, parsley and garlic, and that was good too. The soft parts of the clam tasted like oysters.

Go to the post page…


"To build a relaxing little nook into one of the crannies of your home, try a using a daybed (or twin bed, for that matter) that gives the illusion of a built-in window seat. Add an interesting rug, cocktail table and pillows and you’ve got the makings of an additional bedroom—or in this case, a sunroom, perfect for cozying up with a book or stealing an afternoon snooze."
http://shltr.net/tz69Lh

Good Book on Barns

I discovered this book at Builders' Booksource in Berkeley last week. What's unique is that there are scaled drawings with each barn shown, so you can tell just how each one was built.

If you haven't discovered it, Builders Booksource is the best bookstore anywhere for books on, well, building. They're on 4th Street in Berkeley.

Choosing freedom of tiny home-boat over Hollywood life



"Heather Wilcoxon grew up visiting the Hollywood sets of her actor parents (her father played Marc Antony opposite Claudette Clobert in Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra and her mother played Brenda Starr in the original tv series), but at age 20 she left all that behind to move aboard a boat and for the past 4 decades has made her home on the San Francisco Bay.
   Wilcoxon bought her current home, a turn-of-the-century vessel in 1986 and she's been remodeling it ever since. The Delta Queen was once a cook house barge in the Sacramento River Delta, but in the seventies it earned a permanent berth at the Galilee Harbor in Sausalito, California where a collection of artists and boatworkers built a floating village.
   Wilcoxon lives on about $12,000 a year, paying a small monthly fee to the cooperative for berth rights (which includes sewage and laundry). Her electric bills are only about $12 in the summer and $60 during the frosty winter months.…"
One of many great videos at:
http://www.faircompanies.com/
From Lew Lewandowski

Etta James. Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, BB King -- Ooo-wee!

Family of 3 in Round Fishing Boat


There's something so perfect about this photo.


The Guardian, Wednesday 5 January 2011
"A fisherman arranges a fishing net as his wife paddles their boat in the waters of the Periyar river on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Kochi."
Sivaram V/Reuters
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/picture/2011/jan/06/eyewitness-india-water-world-boat
From Godfrey Stephens

Spooky 25 On Road Tonight

Video of Lloyd by Hold Fast Video

A few months ago I got an email from a producer working on a series of short videos on "authenticity," wanting to come and shoot some video here. It was for Sailor Jerry Rum. Hmmmm. OK, can I get a bottle of the rum? Well yes, and it arrived a week later. It was a spiced rum -oh oh - but I was surprised that it was pretty good. Reasonably priced and I made a great version of rum and coke, with the rum, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice. OK, I said, and 4 v. cool guys from Hold Fast Video (SoCal) showed up and we had a great 2-3 hours. Fun. Here's the result; I like the snappy editing:

Man Swaps Houston Apartment For Tiny Home


Hey city folks -- check out Rick Russell's new living quarters. He moved from a downtown Houston apartment into a 540-square-foot cabin near Garden Oaks, Texas, and seems happy as a clam. Nice looking Airstream (I believe) makes this an efficient, practical, metal-clad little compound.
Designed by architect Donna Kacmar.
Article by Molly Glenzer; Photo: Brett Coomer / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Log Cabin With Sod Roof in Yukon


Kent Griswold's tinyhouseblog is the best thing out there on the subject. He puts up a post each day. This one from December 17th, 2011:
"This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape was taken by Emily, a geology student from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The picture was taken somewhere in the Yukon and I discovered her blog by accident looking for tiny cabins in the mountains. It is a random photo of a log cabin she took on one of her explorations of the area and I just think it is so cool and fits right in with this feature.…"

Treehouse in New Zealand With Remote-Controlled Drawbridge

"We've seen a lot of sweet treehouses in our day, but never one with a remote-controlled drawbridge! Jono Williams got together with a group of friends to build this high tech "Best Hut" treehouse in New Zealand, but this isn't the first time the 24 year old engineer/graphic designer has relived his childhood with such a fun project. In fact, this is his 10th treehouse and counting, and it's one of the most sophisticated. Built almost completely out of recycled materials, the 12 meter square hut has a rainwater harvesting system, a hot water heater, a gas-heated bath, LED lighting, and - did we mention this already? - a radio-controlled drawbridge. Plus it only cost $1,500 to build."
http://inhabitat.com/the-best-hut-treehouse-in-new-zealand-has-a-radio-controlled-drawbridge/

Small -- Not Tiny -- House by Pepe Alvarez


This is just a perfect little house, situated on a NorCal hillside, with a balcony facing south, looking down on a grassy downslope meadow, and out further to the blue Pacific. Pepe and his wife Pam live here. I love the dormers. They make an upper story way more livable.

This is about the last of my photos from last week's trip.

Big Surf Sonoma County, Big Crabs Marin County

 Last night I traded a building book to fisherman Todd  for these 2 beauties. How about that Pacific Ocean?

Pond Hockey in Yukon


Thanks to Tim Fordyce

Old School Bus Turned Into A Tiny House

"I was recently sent these photos of an old school bus turned in a tiny house on wheels. The bus was completely remodeled and lined with a beautiful wood interior.
   It was recently sold to a young couple that has made it their home in the North Cascades.
   While it’s doubtful this bus is good on gas, having the ability to move your home where you’d like and travel with it is very appealing.
   This little home looks so inviting that I could imagine them living in this converted bus long-term.
Enjoy"
-Steven in NorthCarolina at: http://tinyhouselistings.com/old-school-bus-turned-into-a-tiny-house/

Documentary about a barbershop and bluegrass

To conclude this good Sunday's morning, from David Pescovitz on Boing Boing:

Killer Boat

This belongs to UC Davis. According to a fisherman we talked to, it's an enormously expensive boat.

Double-Ended Monterey in Bodega Bay

Wednesday morning, these are beautiful little boats. I'm not sure if it's called a schooner, but it's a classic fishing boat for this part of the Pacific Coast.

(My friend Godfrey gives me shit if I don't get all of the mast(s) in any boat pic.)

Here's a great State of California report on Fisheries dated 1954, with vintage pics: http://is.gd/calfish

And you water people, here's a fascinating photo-essay of a tanker getting bashed by a horrendous hurricane in the North Pacific in 1977, but staying afloat: http://is.gd/stoltsurf

Ocean People

I was born in San Francisco. One day after a high school swim meet at Fleishacker Pool (out at Ocean Beach)  a guy named Jim Fisher* got me to swim out into the surf with him. I was stunned. The blue (cold) water, the waves, it was sunny afternoon, it was paradise. That clinched my attachment to this powerful body of water. I'm so in love with the Pacific Ocean.

I've travelled the coast from Vancouver Island down to the tip of Baja California, and found a similar spirit, brothers and sisters of the beach (you know who you are) everywhere along this coastal waterway. We share a lot. There's a theory that the coast was settled by Indians in canoes. Could be. After all, the First Nations people speared whales from canoes made out of hollowed-out cedar trees.

*A powerful swimmer, Jim went to Hawaii in the '50s and rode some of the biggest waves ever at Makaha.



My Little hand-Pump Espresso Machine


I bought this little Olympus Cremina machine many years ago for $250 used. It quit working and I bought a used Rancilio Silvia. A while ago I took the Olympus in and got it fixed. I've switched to using it now. I like the industrial look. I'm working on my crema. I've looked for them online today and the only one for sale (new) was $3850!



On Sirius "'50s on 5" radio now:

…I'm like a one-eyed cat
Sleepin' in a seafood store…
   -Shake, Rattle and Roll, Big Joe Turner

Louie's House With Redwood

You get to this place on a 500-foot cable over a river (in winter when river is high). It was Thursday night and Louie was cooking a wild duck dinner for 4 of us. When I approached the house, it was lookin good. Louie insisted I get a photo with the big redwood tree and I got him to stand on the deck.

Louie's House on Cold Winter Day


Yeah!

Louie's House Based on Sketch in Shelter

Louie built his house based on the sketch at bottom right of page 20 of Shelter, titled "Lashed-frame house in southern Japan," shown at left.


Can We Talk?

It's a drippy grey Sunday morning and I'm looking over my photos, I love doing this -- it's like hunting, but with cameras not guns. So goldarned much going on everywhere I go in the world. It's just a matter of seeing it.

When I first took acid (1964), I could see flowers breathing; it wasn't an hallucination. Flowers do breathe, we just usually don't see it. So I'm looking around in this absolutely interesting inspiring fascinating world. (You'll have to pardon me if I'm not incapacitated by all the evil, greed, and shitty politics afoot.)

I wish I could do a decent layout of my trips upon return. My HTML skills are not up to doing it right now, so will just keep throwing photos out in this limited format. "I'm Jimmy Reed" playing now. You Got me Dizzy. Cup of espresso sweetened with agave nectar, whole wheat toast with marmalade, vapor by Volcano, stylin'…

I'm going to throw a bunch of photos out from the last 3 days, not necessarily in order:

Rivers in NorCal low right now. Gimme some rain!

Back Home

Just unloaded photos from 3 days on the road. 
Elephant Mountain Wednesday morning:

Breakfast With Pepe and a Great New Little Camera

Louie's friend Pepe made us a great breakfast of French toast and bacon and barista-quality coffee this morning. Pepe is into elegant design. He turned me on the my Canon Powershot S90 (and 95)camera, my coffee roaster, a couple of lenses for my Canon 20D, shocks for my Toyota 4x4…. Today he showed me the Fujifilm X10. Looks like the first thing better than the S90-95-100 in years. It's bigger, but looks like it might be the camera for me to travel with, rather than having the limitation of my Powershot (as good as it is), or the weight of my serious camera and assorted lenses (Panasonic Lumix G-1). Going to check it out.

Pepe's pics of Louie and me:

Road Trip Up The Coast

I met my friend Louie in Bodega Bay yesterday. We went out in his homemade sailboat to pull up a crab pot. Only one crab. Then north along Hwy 1. The pic below is of the beach at Jenner, the mouth of the Russian River, where it was churning with life of seal and bird persuasion. Then  over the next 10 or so miles of winding often-hair-pin cliffside highway to the Timber Cove Inn, where we had (great) hamburgers and dark draft beer and looked out at the ocean, where whales were spouting, on their way from Alaska south to Scammon's lagoon and other warm water bays for calving. Sun setting just before we got into Pt. Arena. Really a nice day, blue water, a nice swell, surfers out (mostly getting stuffed by straight across 8-foot waves) at Salmon Creek. I feel so lucky, being able to take off for a few days like this, recharging psychic batteries…




Tammy & Logan's Tiny Home


"It was a cold, windy New Years evening. Logan and I were wrapped up in the covers; he was surfing the internet and I was reading a book. It was a perfect and cozy night to be at home.
   Suddenly, Logan looked over at me and said: 'Tammy, you’ve got to see this!'
   'Dude. I’m reading. Is it that important?'
   'Yes! You’re going to love this little video.'
   Logan was right. The video featured Dee Williams and her little house. The house was adorable. It looked like a miniature Victorian or Carpenter Gothic home on wheels.
   I looked at Logan and said: 'I want one of those homes! They are so cute. And think of all the money we’d save. We could pay for the house up front. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about paying rent anymore, at least not in the traditional sense. And maybe, just maybe we could park the little house in someone’s backyard.…'"
There is a great article on downsizing -- "Rethinking Normal" -- by Tammy in Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter. (They hadn't moved into their tiny home when our book went to press.)
Photos of their tiny home: http://rowdykittens.com/our-tiny-house/
Tammy's story of downsizing: http://rowdykittens.com/2010/11/home/

Declaration of Occupancy of New York City

I live in a small town. I read the NYTimes daily (read mostly headlines, some articles), but don't spend a lot of time on the news. I've read about the Occupy guys, seen it on TV (which I watch sparingly), but never got their original message straight from them. I found this URL, sent in on a blog comment, really interesting. Guess what? I agree with everything they say here. (This was over 2 months ago.)

http://www.nycga.net/resources/declaration/

Jay Shafer's Tiny House Into Manhattan Tomorrow

12:30 PM Monday
I just talked to Jay, who's in Nantucket. He said they're going to take it (model shown here) into the East Village tomorrow, He said hooking up with the Occupy folks turned out to be too complicated. "It'll be a tiny house protest…" -- against McMansions, heavy mortgages, high rents, overconsumption, energy and material wastage in housing as it's been practiced in America in the last 20 years.
For New Yorkers: Jay will be speaking in Manhattan at 1-4 PM tomorrow. Details: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/see-a-tiny-house/tiny-house-in-manhattan/

Destroying Detroit (in Order to Save It

"It took over 300 years to build this city. It'll take about four to knock it down. Howie Kahn rides shotgun with the men who are demolishing the abandoned, godforsaken homes of Detroit—all 70,000 of them—and paving the way for one last shot at the future.…"
Photos by Tim Hetherington -- May 2011
Someone said there was a news story on TV last week about tearing down Detroit's abandoned homes. This was the most recent thing I could find. Look at these great little houses!
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201105/detroit-renovation

A Plan For Empty McMansions

How about converting all those grossly large empty houses into duplexes? Or divide each one by 4 or 6 to create small apartments…

Tumbleweed Tiny House Press Release

PRESS RELEASE -- For immediate release
Presenting an Affordable Solution to the Housing Crisis
Since the bank bailout, over 5,000,000 US homes have been foreclosed. Can you imagine what our economy would look like today if we built smaller, more affordable homes 10 years ago? The housing crisis is at the crux of our failing economy. The bottom line is that bank lending policies created a housing market fixated on larger and larger homes while ignoring the long term impact to our economy and environment. Unfortunately, we don’t see any indications that change is coming.
   We understand that Occupy Wall Street is divisive and many in the Small House Movement disagree. We also believe that Occupy Wall Street provides the world’s largest stage to bring awareness to a real alternative. Our message is too important to ignore – which is why we continually embrace the opportunity to spread the word wherever we can; from Fox Business News to Al Jazeera TV, and now Occupy Wall Street. On December 13th, 2011, Tumbleweed Founder and Small House Advocate Jay Shafer will go to Occupy Wall Street with a tiny house in tow to suggest a true alternative.

Chinese Junks

Lots of photos: http://global-mariner.com/index111ChineseJunks.html
From Godfrey Stephens