With that in mind, there’s a book I think you’ll find useful. It’s Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter, by Lloyd Kahn. Here’s one description of it.
“Master builder Louie Frazier’s Japanese-style pole house in Northern California, reachable on a 500” cable across a river / Ian MacLeod’s handbuilt stone house in South Africa, where baboons jump on the roof at night / Ma Page’s bottle house in the Nevada desert / artist Michael Kahn’s semi-subterranean sculptural ivillage in Arizona / Bill and Athena Steen’s strawbale houses / Ianto Evans’ cob houses in Oregon / the Archlibre group of countercultural builders in the French Pyrenees / Bill Coperthwaite’s spectacular 3-story yurt in the Maine woods / Bill Castle’s finely-crafted log home and sauna in the NY Appalachians / a commune in the Tennesee mountains / the “Flying Concrete” brothers in Mexico and their far-out sculptural structures / Barns in California, Washington, and Connecticut / Photo-essays of Lloyd Kahn’s trips to Nevada, the Mississippi Delta, Costa Rica, Nova Scotia, and Baja California / Photos of buildings all over the world by photographers Yoshio Komatsu and Kevin Kelly + more, lots more. . .I get excited just listing these things! -LK”
“PS SHELTER, it turns out , had a major influence on builders, and included are buildings our 1973 book inspired, so this is truly a sequel.”
Some of the shelters featured are rolling homes, such as buses and vans, and a donkey train pulling a homestead. One chapter has descriptions and diagrams of tipis, yurts and tents. Barns and other old buildings are also featured.
Because there’s such an interest these days in tiny houses and alternative shelters, I recommend getting Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter for yourself. Simply click on its title wherever you see it in this post. That will open a new window and take you to a page featuring the book and allows you to place your order.
Why not daydream and scheme a little? You never know. It could improve your chances of survival in the future. Who says we all have to live in cookie cutter look-alike homes? One day building or finding alternative shelter may be a necessity.