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The Half-Acre Homestead

46 Years of Building and Gardening
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shelter Publications
 | 
March, 2020
ISBN:
9780936070810
In stock now: 
3
$29.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

If you’ve read some of the impressive ‘art builder’ books by Lloyd Kahn, such as Builders of the Pacific Coast, Small Homes, and Tiny Homes, you’ll dig this view into the lovely details of the home, studio, workshop, garden, and life that he has built with his partner.

This is the story of Lloyd and Lesley building a home and establishing a garden on a small piece of land on the Northern California Coast over a 46-year period.

Lloyd, the former shelter editor of theWhole Earth Catalog, has published seven books on owner building, showcasing hundreds of builders, and this is his first book on his own work.

Starting with a vacant half-acre piece of land, they built their own home, created a garden with vegetables and fruit, and describe raising chickens, bees, and goats. The book also covers cooking, foraging, fishing, crafts, birds, butterflies, and tools.

Their main theme is that this was all done by hand. They have never paid rent nor have they ever had a mortgage.

There are over 500 photos illustrating all the above facets of their lives and clear explanations of building skylights, maintaining a septic system, building greenhouses and raised vegetable beds. There is a section on unique kitchen tools, as well as advice on useful tools used in construction. Lloyd’s transparent, seasoned tips on tools and processes—including the making of the book itself—is nourishing and valuable for any of us crafters.

Publisher’s Description: 

This is the story of Lloyd and Lesley building a home and establishing a garden on a small piece of land on the Northern California Coast over a 46-year period.

Lloyd, the former shelter editor of theWhole Earth Catalog, has published seven books on owner building, showcasing hundreds of builders, and this is his first book on his own work.

Starting with a vacant half-acre piece of land, they built their own home, created a garden with vegetables and fruit, and describe raising chickens, bees, and goats. The book also covers cooking, foraging, fishing, crafts, birds, butterflies, and tools.

Their main theme is that this was all done by hand.

They have never paid rent nor have they ever had a mortgage.

There are over 500 photos illustrating all the above facets of their lives and clear explanations of building skylights, maintaining a septic system, building greenhouses and raised vegetable beds. There is a section on unique kitchen tools, as well as advice on useful tools used in construction.

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