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Returning to California in he worked as an insurance broker for five years.

Domdbook first project was a sod-roof studio in Mill Valley, with succulents planted on the roof. Before these two jobs, he’d had little building experience, but learned on the job. He tried to maintain this outlook throughout his publishing career, so he could explain building techniques to novice builders.

He then built his own home out of used lumber and hand-split shakes in Big Sur, developed a water supply, and terraced a hillside for small-scale farming.

Ininfluenced by Buckminster Fuller, he started building geodesic domes.

This resulted in a job coordinating the building of 17 domes at Pacific High School, an alternative school in the Santa Cruz mountains. They experimented with geodesic domes made from plywood, aluminum, sprayed foam, and vinyl. Students built their own domes and lived in them. During he published his first book, Domebook One, followed the next year with Domebook 2which soldcopies.


Duringhe bought a half-acre lot in Bolinas, California, and built a shake-covered geodesic dome – later featured in Life magazine.

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After living in his dome for a year, Lloyd decided domes did not work well: He then went in search of other non-dome ways to build – across the U. During the next two decades, Shelter Publications produced a series of fitness books, including Bob Anderson’s Stretching which has sold 3 million copies and is in 23 languagesGalloway’s Book on Running by Olympian Jeff Galloway, and Getting Stronger by legendary bodybuilder Bill Pearl.

InShelter produced StretchWaresoftware that reminds you to stretch at your computer.

DuringLloyd published Home Work: Home Work summarizes the best of his work over the past 30 years photographing buildings and interviewing builders, and includes numerous buildings directly inspired by the book Shelter. The Septic Systems Owner’s Manualfirst xomebook duringwas extensively revised in A Manual on Green Building.

InDlmebook published Builders of the Pacific Coast, an odyssey describing his trips to British Columbia to document Canadian carpenters.


Lloyd and his wife Lesley live and work in a small town on the Pacific coast north of San Francisco, California.

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