All of the photos here were taken by me from Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art. These houses are all in California. I'll start with an excerpt from the Preface by co-author, Art Boericke, who had a handmade house of his own and was offering advice to new builders:
If you learn anything from glancing through this book, then instead of the cheerless little rooms you may have been sketching for your dreamhouse, you might just start in and build yourself a good-sized country kitchen and let it go at that. (Relax, just live in it a while before you build an alcove or a sleeping platform or a separate bunkhouse for the kids. And then rest some more before you build a bath or a sauna.).... Just start and let it grow....And if the inspectors come around, call your place a "potting shed", a "summer camp", or "mining claim" - anything that pops in your head. And when they keep on shoving, call it a "firehouse", a "briar patch", a "commune" - whatever riles them most...And remember, too, property is sacred; so if we just keep on building, they're going to step aside.... Sure, we may be poor, but - as they say in Texas - "our heels are square," and that's what counts.
Have a lovely week!
The Good Twin