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Lloyd Kahn’s first interview on the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast is the most downloaded episode to date, so I knew I had to have him back on to talk about his wonderful new book, The Half-Acre Homestead. We talk about the benefits and limitations of homesteading in the present and future. While Lloyd is a bit dubious about the viability of living in a tiny house long-term, I think that the lifestyle he showcases in The Half Acre Homestead is readily compatible with tiny house living.

In This Episode:

  • What is a homestead?
  • Social media posts with purpose
  • Pasting up a book layout old-school and letting the pictures drive your process
  • What should you build first when expanding your homestead?
  • Lloyd weighs in on designs and makes a case for not building your tiny house on wheels
  • What drives the costs of building?
  • Great advice about building from scratch on your own land

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Guest Bio:

Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn is the former shelter editor of The Whole Earth Catalog and editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications. He has published a series of books on building, including Shelter and Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.




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More Photos:

Minimal-frame hoop greenhouse is more spacious when lifted on blocks

Lloyd's newest book, The Half-Acre Homestead

Crocheted blankets by Elizabeth Kirkland nake the living room even more comfortable


The chicken coop has a living roof

It's possible to have great cooking gadgets in a small home with clever storage solutions

Pots hang neatly in front of the kitchen window


Dishes are stored on the drying rack – it saves time and space!

Tools and a corkboard

Knickknacks make pretty decorations


Kitchen implement storage behind the range

View of Lloyd's whole kitchen

Lloyd's 1990 Ford Econoline Truck conversion


75 sq ft feels more spacious with plenty of windows

Ford Econoline conversion bed

Woodstove fashioned from a propane tank


Helping a friend build a new cabin

The Suzuki Copper Camper


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