Relaxshax's Blog


An Okinawa, Japan Treehouse Restaurant
January 31, 2011, 10:46 pm
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An Okinawa, Japan Treehouse/Restaurant

 

Its not so tiny, but it certainly has treehouse appeal. Apparently, the trunk-structure is sculpted concrete (very realistic looking!), and patrons must take an elevator to arrive at the main dining building above.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
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An Okinawa, Japan Treehouse/Restaurant
January 31, 2011, 10:42 pm
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Its not so tiny, but it certainly has treehouse appeal. Apparently, the trunk-structure is sculpted concrete (very realistic looking!), and patrons must take an elevator to arrive at the main dining building above.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



Jay Nelson’s Art Shelters…. part dwelling/part artwork (A DOME-HOUSE CAR!?)
January 31, 2011, 8:56 am
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First, thanks to Kent “Big K” Griswold for posting on my “Redneck Windows For Tiny Houses” Video- you can check it out on TINY HOUSE BLOG. Also. I rarely go a day without posting but yesterday, from 6am to 9pm I was wrapped up in another “Tiny Yellow House” TV shoot for Make Magazine- Carpentry, Car-crushin, n’ Karate- all in one episode! AND just got the brand new issue of Readymade Magazine in the mail, and Mimi Zeiger (who will be on our panel of teachers for this summer’s Relaxshacks.com 2011 Hands-On, Tiny House/Shelter Building Workshop- kidcedar@gmail.com if interested) had as great article on a man by the name of Jay Nelson.
Jay’s a trained artist, but has often dabbled in shelter-structures as art- as you can see in this little gallery I pieced together below…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


Jay Nelson’s Art Shelters…. part dwelling/part artwork
January 31, 2011, 8:49 am
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First, thanks to Kent “Big K” Griswold for posting on my “Redneck Windows For Tiny Houses” Video- you can check it out on TINY HOUSE BLOG. Also. I rarely go a day without posting but yesterday, from 6am to 9pm I was wrapped up in another “Tiny Yellow House” TV shoot for Make Magazine- Carpentry, Car-crushin, n’ Karate- all in one episode! AND just got the brand new issue of Readymade Magazine in the mail, and Mimi Zeiger (who will be on our panel of teachers for this summer’s Relaxshacks.com 2011 Hands-On, Tiny House/Shelter Building Workshop- kidcedar@gmail.com if interested) had as great article on a man by the name of Jay Nelson.

Jay’s a trained artist, but has often dabbled in shelter-structures as art- as you can see in this little gallery I pieced together below…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



Compact Cabins by Gerald Rowan (and other tiny house/cabin books)
January 29, 2011, 7:50 am
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 I don’t know if the machines over at the Folgers plant got their caffeine/bean mixture wrong and overdosed my most recent can, or what, but I’ve been crankin’ out videos, physical woodworking projects, and much more, just in these last two weeks. I’ve also been tearing through books and will have ANOTHER “Tiny Yellow House/Relaxshacks.com” book review video-episode on the way shortly.

In the past, I launched a side episode/show called “Man With The Ugly Hat” solely composed of tiny house, small living, back-to-the-land, book reviews, (I’ll post it wayyy below if you missed it), and speaking of caffeine, most found it far too over the top. Well, IT WAS, and I DID have a blast shooting this little one-take video, but next time, so as to reach (and not scare) a greater deal of people, we just might tone it down a little…..or will we????

That said, among over a dozen new reviews to come, one of my favorites was “Compact Cabins” by Gerald Rowan.

“Rowan’s ‘Compact Cabins’ hooked me immediately- I mean I can’t stop pawin’ through this thing! Its LOADED with (sixty-two!) plans and concepts for cabins, tiny homes, and vacation cottages, some sound “tricks of the trade” advice from an author who clearly knows the trade (and seems passionate about it too), and a non-stop provision of some great watercolored visuals and illustrations- a combination of which has earned this one a place in my all-time “Tiny- House-Book Favorites”. Rank it up there with the work of Lloyd Kahn, David and Jeanie Stiles, and Dan Mulfinger, its just a great all around book for your cabin aspirations. Pick it up and commence drooling, plotting, and daydreaming.”
All the cabin concepts and floor plans clock in at under 1000 square feet. The smallest design isn’t much over 100 square feet, and passive solar, wood heating, “turniture” employment, pre-fabrication, and the ultilization of recycled and salvaged building materials, are all covered. Its just a really entertaining and well-planned, blue-collar, REALISTIC cabin book that doesn’t cater to millionares-only.
I recommend this one very highly. Actually this round of books was pretty incredible- and you’ll hear all about several releases soon on my youtube channel.
 
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
Author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks…”
Host of “Tiny Yellow House” TV


Bulletproof, Lockable, Godzilla-Proof Container Home/Small House
January 28, 2011, 12:18 pm
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A Easily-Lockable, Bullet-Proof (probably!) Container-Home from TinCanCabin.Com

Sittin’ home today, by a nice wood-fire, and thought I’d update with a few new pics, etc…before I go outside AGAIN to brave the cold and do some more woodworking- YES- in 26″ of snow (pics coming on that tonight or tomorrow as well- most likely). Again (see last post below for SEVERAL NEW VIDEOS, and other project info) I’m building a new mini-cabin structure for another edition of “Tiny Yellow House” for Make Magazine– its gonna be a pretty off-the-wall one and damn fun….AND its doubling for what will become “THE TREE REX” Treehouse/Cabin- a design/Idea also based out of my book. I have sketches of this kinda thing from years back, so its time to take some action.

ALSO- for those just joining us….2011 Relaxshacks.com Hands-On Tiny House/Shelter Workshop in MA– Details Link/Price, etc… is all HERE- https://relaxshax.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/update-on-our-july-9th-relaxshacks-com-tiny-shelter-hands-on-workshop-in-ma/

AND, saw this (the two ABOVE photos) over on SOLAR BURRITO’s website….some real cool pics of a closeable container home. If you own my tiny housing/micro-architecture book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks…” you’ll see that I have a design very similar to this in there, which I’d LOVE to build someday!

Well, back to work, while I still have sufficient daylight to get things done…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



BRAND NEW Video- making windows for your tiny house/hut/shack/shed from Washing Machine Portholes
January 27, 2011, 6:46 pm
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Here’s brand new video- using one pre-fab facade/side of “The Tree-Rex” treehouse (dual- homeless shelter prototyoe for $110 in materials) that I’m building for a NEW Make Magazine Shoot- yes, a T-rex Shaped Treehouse- in micro form (but useable/inhabitable). We’ll explain all later- and have ANOTHER microvideo on the way about it.

Also, for some of you new readers- I posted a few of my most recent videos that I haven’t said much about/posted much on (I’ll add them with an update after I get back from picking up my pizza downtown)…. please check ’em out! Thanks!

Alright- “back from pizza”- update (next morning actually- things got crazy)- here’s those other vids…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen