How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand.
Brand, famous for publishing The Whole Earth Catalog, suggests the best buildings are made from low-cost, standard designs that people are familiar with, and easy to modify. In this way people can gradually change their buildings to meet their needs.
It’s for similar reasons that we love cabins and homegrown architecture. They’re affordable, often built piecemeal, and continuously iterated as their builders (and inhabitants) learn more about themselves and the environment surrounding the cabin.
Like Christopher Alexander’s Timeless Way of Building, this book is a must-read for anyone considering building, or fixing up, a cabin or house of their own.