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Photos of French Carpenters' West Coast Trip

We are running photos of our French carpenter friends Menthe and Yogan documenting the trip they took this summer along the Northern Pacific Coast, exchanging their carpentry skills for room and board.

This is a tiny home they built in 10 days on an old Dodge flatbed truck in Humboldt County, California.

We are posting one of their projects each day for a week here: http://www.theshelterblog.com/

Paint Your Sheetrock With Mud

Hi there Lloyd:
Check this out... here's a recipe for how to make your own clay paint from three simple ingredients.

Clay paint can be used on a variety of surfaces, including drywall. That means you can easily give very standard interior walls a distinctive earthen texture and appearance. It looks really great -- I just finished a wall in the bathroom here. 

- ziggy

Brian 'Ziggy' Liloia
Natural Building Workshops & more at The Year of Mud

Interview About My Layout Style (and More)

The big news around here regarding our next book, Small Homes, now in production, is that we decided to postpone the publication date until spring, 2017.

It takes us an enormous amount of time to put a book like this together.

Also, this book is looking so good, and will be so relevant to so many people, that we want to take our time and do it well.

Here (today) I'm working on the most complicated two pages so far in the book. When I started I had no idea how it was going to come together (or if it would).

But starting did the trick; in over two days it worked itself out. 22 photos with fact-filled captions.

Here's an interview of me done a few months ago by Natalie So, where I talk about layout and beyond: http://www.editionlocal.com/lloyd-kahn-shelter-publications/?rq=kahn
Photo:Evan Kahn

Missouri City Fines Residents for Chipped Paint, Mismatched Curtains

Pagedale, Missouri In this suburb of St. Louis, residents have been ticketed and fined by the town’s police force for violations that don’t even begin to make rational sense.

One resident, Valerie Whitner, has been fined for having chipped paint on the outside of her home and for not attaching a screen door to her back door. She’s been told by city officials she must replace her rain gutters, her siding and put up storm windows. They also told her to mend her fence, cut her lawn and seal up cracks in her home’s foundation. She owes the city more than $2,400.

Photo above: Mildred Bryant, an 84-year old grandmother, has received citations from the city for having mismatched curtains and failing to have blinds in every window.

Photo by Institute for Justice

Full story: http://watchdog.org/252413/nanny-state-pagedale-missouri-fines/

Nice shingled house out near beach San Francisco

via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAIUl4TAMnX/
Notice 3-sided popout windows with small roof above.