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A Pallet-house from I-beamdesign.com
November 30, 2010, 8:16 pm
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Update: Only approx. 80-90 copies of my tiny housing book are left (left hand column to order) before I take it out of print to make way for a NEW, bigger, follow-up to be released through The Lyons Press.

As for the photo: ‘LOVE this one! I have a few tiny house-pallet construction ideas in my own book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks…”, and some tutorial info within from pallet pros like Michael Janzen, but this is certainly a different, yet simple look in the field. Its from http://www.I-beamdesign.com

By the way, my next book has EVEN more on pallet usage and construction when it comes to micro-architecture/tiny homes. My deadline for the book is in a few days, and aside from not sleeping much lately from working on it, I can’t wait to see the final product down the road!

AND…sidenote, FINALLY, our Jay Shafer/Tumbleweed Tiny House Company episode of “Tiny Yellow House TV” on youtube will be up pretty soon- we just need one more sponsor so we can break even on equipment rentals, etc. If you want to reach a TON of people, email me at kidcedar@gmail.com.

Our latest video on a “fold-down fort” (a prototype for a larger “tiny” house/shelter) has now received 32,000+ views in only 5 days!

-Deek



Micro-Castle for Sale in Sweden (and “THE ODD POD” micro-housing design)
November 30, 2010, 10:42 am
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Jon Kalish, NPR host-extraordinare, sent me this, which he found on http://www.Neatorama.com

Apprarently, its actually a lookout tower, but constructed with a castle aesthetic- that sits on 1000 square meters of land. Unfortunately the realtor’s photo stinks (they usually do)- but you get the general idea. VERY cool….

There’s a similar tower in Marshfield, MA- an old submarine lookout tower form the war- MUCH taller, that you can rent out. I’ll try to locate some pics…    

ALSO- Shelton Davis of http://www.repurposedgoods.com a site/organization with a great concept and I are hard at work on pdf plans for a brand new micro-architecture piece/afforadable cabin I designed that I’ve dubbed “The Odd Pod”- A sketch of it will be in my upcoming book through The Lyons Press, as well as some of Shelton’s design/layout work- which looks INCREDIBLE! Check out his site- he’s got some great ideas.

Here’s 0ne of Shelton’ s pallet-wood chairs, recently auctioned off for charity…

-Deek



Got Pallets? Nuff’ Said…
November 29, 2010, 7:14 am
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Not sure if the pallet construction/usage continues to this interior of this home, but even as an exterior facade, it certain makes a statement, whether you like the look or not. Its not so much a tiny home, heck, its NOT, but I love the attempted use of recycled and free materials.0 which I’m all about.



A Tiny Cabin in the Catskills, NY
November 28, 2010, 10:10 pm
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Sandy Foster of http://www.myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com turned me on to this cool tiny home, which, like Sandy’s shabby-chic cabin, is nestled in The Catskills in NY. I love the front porch stonework on this one, and the simple, rustic interior.

Here’s a few shots of Kim Trans and Jonny Ollsin’s backwoods cabin…



Andrea Funk’s Michigan Cabin
November 27, 2010, 10:09 am
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Thanks Andrea, for sending me a series of photos in submission for my upcoming book (we’re just about at my final deadline now). kidcedar@gmail.com if you have any last minute photos you want to send this way. The publisher saw the photos I’ve chosen so far, and LOVED THEM- and now wants to expand the color insert section of the book.

Here’s a few shots (she sent many more) of a cabin she completed in Olivet Michigan that sits not so far off from her main home. Its got a cool mini-loft in half of its gable space, and some nice cedar shingle work ta’ boot (her very first time at it, she claims).

Looks like a real cozy place to simple get away from it all, or a great tiny house-design option for those looking to scale down.

I really like that loft’s arched window too- although, unless second-hand or salvaged, it could be a bit pricey. Its a real nice touch to the exterior facade of this great lil’ cabin though. The cabin, by the way, was made by both David Johnson, and Andrea.



New tiny home/house composting toilet/bucket toilet video
November 26, 2010, 6:12 pm
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Great for temporary or permanent use in tiny cabins, small houses, emergency usage, and especially on boats. And I know, yeah, yeah, a Baby Ruth would have been better, but post-halloween, we only had Almond Joys left (apparently the least favorite of my family).

For MUCH more info, check out Joseph Jenkins’ “The Humanure Handbook”



A Tiny Turkey House- Happy Thanksgiving!
November 25, 2010, 8:24 am
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Tiny Turkey House (No, we're not REALLY going to build this) by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Happy Thanksgiving to all!– well, to all who observe it/celebrate it. Here’s a goofy lil’ sketch I whipped up last night while working on my new drawings for tiny housing book #2.

As ridiculous as the drawing is, with sculpted ferrocement construction, anything is possible in terms of housing- well, just about.

Also, that fold-down fort on Make Magazine’s youtube channel hit 21,000 views in ONE DAY! Holy Schnikeys! (its posted two posts deep on this blog).