Shelter II

By: Kahn, Lloyd & Easton, Bob

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Shelter II was published in 1978, five years after our book Shelter. It was a sequel in a sense, but not with the exuberance or spirit of Shelter. Rather, it was a more sober and practical book (in black and white, not color) for an owner-builder interested in building a simple stud-frame house. The heart of the book consists of an introduction to the principles of house design, followed by a condensed 24-page instruction manual for the novice builder for building a stud-frame home: foundation, floor, wall and roof framing; roofing, windows, doors, interior finish, as well as plumbing and electrical work. Featured is a section of complete, to-scale drawings by Bob Easton of seven different homes, accompanied by floor plans. These unique drawings allow the first-time builder to visualize each structure as a whole by showing every member of the house frame. Indigenous builders are studied with an eye to the still-usable skills of the past. There are many photos of North American houses and barns — still-standing reminders of an era of practical building. Rehabilitation projects then underway in major cities are also covered. There’s a critical analysis of domes — they were found to be neither practical nor durable, and there’s a detailed critique of America’s program in those years to establish colonies in space. Shelter II tells a story: practical builders — past and present, country or city — have always built with time-tested techniques and materials readily at hand: lumber, earth, stone, concrete, brick, thatch, or abandoned city buildings. Design governed by weather, purpose, and economy. Building technique as determined by tradition, experience, and practice. Then, as now, initiative and hand labor by owners can beat the high cost of building and reduce or eliminate lifetime mortgage obligations. Out of print for some 20 years,Shelter II is an integral part of the Shelter Publications suite of books on handbuilt homebuilding, and we’re happy to make it available once again.


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Shelter II is the second in a series of books about people building their own homes in different parts of the world. The principles outlined in Shelter, published almost 40 years ago, seem even more important today: relearning the still-usable skills of the past and doing more hand work in providing life's necessities. Shelter II provides a basic manual of design and construction for the first time house-builder. The book begins with simple shelters still being built and lived in by people with minimal resources. They can be viewed for historical or anthropological interest, or as sensible, instructive examples of efficient construction by those who lack the choices available in industrialized societies. There are also personal accounts and seasoned advice from builders in different climates, with a variety of design approaches, construction techniques, and building materials. A home is still a place for working, resting, sharing, healing, dreaming . . . some things haven't changed that much.

Title: Shelter II

Author Name: Kahn, Lloyd & Easton, Bob

Categories: Sustainability, Natural Building, Environment & Gardening
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Publisher: SHELTER PUBN:

ISBN Number: 0936070498

ISBN Number 13: 9780936070490

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Brand New

Seller ID: 2379