Ken Kern

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Ken Kern was a builder and author who devoted himself to aiding owner-builders, and believed strongly in living on the land. He lived outside of North Fork, California at the time of his death and lived for many years on a self-built homestead outside Oakhurst, California[1][2]

Despite being an experienced builder and proponent of earth sheltering, Kern was killed when an earth roof he designed collapsed on him.[3]

Written works[edit]

Writings by Kern include:

  • The Owner-Built Home
  • The Owner-Built Homestead
  • The Owner-Built Pole Frame House
  • The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built Home
  • The Owner Builder & the Code: Politics of Building
  • The Work Book: Personal Politics of Building Your Home
  • The Healthy House: An Owner-Builders Guide to Biological Building
  • Ken Kern's Homestead Workshop
  • Ken Kern's Stone Masonry
  • Ken Kern's Masonry Stove
  • Fireplaces


  1. ^ Landis, Scott (1998). The Workshop Book. Taunton Press. p. 34. ISBN 1-56158-271-9.
  2. ^ Mother Earth News 1st November 1971
  3. ^ Roy, Robert L (2006). Earth-sheltered houses: how to build an affordable underground home. New Society. pp. 17–18. ISBN 9780865715219.

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