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Our Family Rental Cottage (Small, not tiny) in Madison, CT
February 17, 2011, 9:54 pm
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This ISN’T an episode of “Tiny Yellow House” but I thought it fitting enough to put up on my youtube channel. I shot this last summer (I have literally 2o or more unedited mini-episodes on micro-houses, building, and more, that are sitting around) and wanted to get this up for this summer’s rental season. As I explain in the video, this little Cape Cod Style house of ours- just under 1000 square feet, with three bedrooms- has been in our family for three generations. We’re now forced to rent it out quite a bit these days just to make the tax payments in this GORGEOUS, and historical, but very pricey, Connecticut seaside town. If anyone is ever interested in renting, etc- you can contact me at kid cedar at gmail dot com, and I’ll put you in touch with my father. The place is walking distance to two restaurants and bars, and to downtown as well. The beach is literally 400 feet away too- you can blue crab right off the property, if you’re so daring as to trek through the marsh, and the golf course is 150 feet away- so you can sit back and heckle lousy golfers all day til your heart’s content! (no, please don’t).

UPDATE- here’s a link for more photos, info, rates, a shot of the beach, etc… CLICK HERE

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

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My Cabin “The Hickshaw” wins BEST DESIGN AWARD 2010 from Shedworking (UK)
February 17, 2011, 1:36 pm
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(from our old site archives)
Wow….a damn pleasant surprise….especially since the UK site of author Alex Johnson features some incredible designs, sheds, builders, and overall concepts…..but my lil’ shed/single sleeper/greenhouse/sauna/ice-fishin’ shack combo “The Hickshaw” won The “BEST DESIGN” Shedworking award of the year. Crazy….esp as its made out of well, “trash”- almost all throwaway-materials.
http://www.shedworking.co.uk/2010/12/shedworking-awards-2010.html

An ultra-cool shed/structure from Alex’s Shedworking Blog…(a grain bin and two feed troughs?)
For those who have no ideas what I’m talking about structure-wise, its this goofy lil’ thing. I had a blast building it and never even intended to get so into online videos and vlogging, until we shot a joke-episode on this tiny cabin/shelter, and well, things kinda exploded….
HERE’S THE VIDEO/EPISODE…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


WBZ/CBS Boston News- On Tiny/Small Houses in Massachusetts….with The Diedricksen Brothers…
February 17, 2011, 1:34 pm
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WBZ/CBS Boston News- On Tiny/Small Houses in Massachusetts….with The Diedricksen Brothers
(from our old site archives)
First, for all your newcomers to the site (welcome!)- here’s one of our latest editions of Tiny Yellow House TV (where we’re always in need of sponsors!- kidcedar@gmail.com).

AND Since MANY have emailed and asked about my book (shown in the WBZ/CBS TV Broadcast, you can order it (while I still have copies) by clicking on the lefthand book icon). Thanks!

RE: Relaxshacks.com and Tiny MA Homes on CBS NEWS- AND our Tiny House/Shelter Building workshop for 2011….
     Tonight (or last night, depending on when you read this) WBZ, the CBS affiliate out of Boston, MA ran a story on tiny/small houses, as a means and lifestyle towards living on less in tough economic times. It was based on a shoot, and interviews, at both my house (they call it “tiny”- but its not- more so “small/modest”) and at Dustin and Dawn Diedricksen’s (yes, my brother- same state).
Dustin’s house  is where we’ll be hosting (outdoors AND in) our Relaxshacks.com Tiny House/Shelter Building Workshop 2011 here in Massachusetts (Scituate)- date tba. It’ll be a small group overall (15 or so people tops), and VERY eclectic with TONS involved/planned….email me at kidcedar@gmail.com if interested….and we’ll keep you updated.
AS for WBZ News (and thank you to Ken Tucci and crew!) You can check out the story/transcript here (and more video): http://boston.cbslocal.com/2010/12/29/curious-about-living-tiny/
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Part of a teaser shot of the news segment for WBZ- taken from the stairs to Dustin and Dawn’s loft


New Treehouse/Tiny Vacacation/Shelter Base/House…..
February 17, 2011, 1:32 pm
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Archives from the old site….
FIRST- I Hope ALL of you have a GREAT NEW YEARS! BE SAFE!

“The Beak (2)” Treehouse by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen- (it’ll perhaps be in my 2nd upcoming tiny house/structure book- or 3rd- who knows…)
And…Here’s another sketch I did the other night of a VERY SIMPLE treehouse/tree-cabin idea- only 4′ by 8′- that could sleep one or two people for vacation-weekends/hunting/writing/snoozing/meditating/sketching (MY intent- a micro-office in a tree (again, a “Troffice”). The sketch shown gives the base-smallest size at which it could be affordably and quickly built- utilizing only 3-4 sheets of stock-size 3/4″ plywood. Naturally other wood is involved, but most of which is small sized lumber that could easily be found/salvaged over time, or bought inexpensively. Its a simple enough project in that it could be built, and then hoisted into a tree in a single day, and could serve as a means to help those not-so-carpentry oriented, to try their hand at several skills, approaches, and the usage of many tools. Its kinda funky/weird too- as opposed to building a boxier shed-like house- not that I have any prob with those (I have built many…).
BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS- ITS TOO DAMN SMALL (you might be thinking)! Well, width and height-wise, a structure like this could certainly be mathematically expanded upon to serve one’s needs. Other changes, such as a support post, to carry the weight of a larger version of this, could very simply be incorporated too.
This is another one of the quick-to-build ideas we could try at our 2011 Relaxshacks.com Tiny Shelter Building Workshop this summer (ONE of the projects/topics of MANY, that we’d be covering and demonstrating). We’ll have many more proposed group project ideas forthcoming too- and even a CONTEST on simple structures soon as well- with some guest/judges. To those interested in perhaps attending- please leave a comment and I’ll get you more info…
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
For those treehouse/treehome nuts out there, or those just stumbling on this blog- be sure to check out my book (left hand column to order), or any of the works from David and Jeanie Stiles, and Pete/Peter Nelson of The Treehouse Workshop Inc. (who reviewed my own book VERY favorably- thanks Pete!)


The Micro Eco Second Home (M.E.S.H.) and our NEW Facebook group….
February 17, 2011, 12:59 pm
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First off- I just FINALLY created a facebook tiny housing, group- please join up HERE – I’ll be posting our site links/material/photos there- AND more…
ALSO…I just got the advance copy of Mimi Zeiger’s “Micro-Green” in the mail- which is friggin’ fantastic (MUCH, MUCH more on that soon)- but here’s a photo (MANY better ones to come) of the “M.E.S.H.”- a mobile, plastic-roofed, 6 sleeper structure- EASY to build. I love the simple design, and amenities (toilet/water, etc) could certainly be added to this little getaway- although you might not opt for the see-through walls in this case…
AGAIN- more to come…off to shoot some more videos today too…
One on our 2011 Relaxshacks.com Hands-On, Tiny Shelter/House Building Workshop- being held in MA- July 9th- kidcedar at gmail dot com for more info or to reserve a spot


100 Tiny Homes/Houses- An Art/Painting Exhibit
February 17, 2011, 12:58 pm
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Tiny House Art by Kate Townley Smith
FIRST- SOME HUGE(!) upcoming things going on with Relaxshacks.com and our show- I’ll tell you real soon! In the meantime, I was over at Modern Vintage’s studios with Steven Sherrick last night and we have quite a few cool mini-videos, and more, on the way as well- AND FINALLY, that looooong in the works Jay Shafer Interview segment on Tiny Tumbleweed Houses.
Thanks to Jamaicacottageshop.com, to our friends at Historicshed.com, and toocooltshirtquilts.com for making this one possible!!! If you ever want to help us out- advertise- please contact us. kidcedar at gmail dot com.
AND…Thought this in-the-works endeavor from artist Kate Townley Smith was VERY clever, not to mention fun….
Here’s your chance to support an artist, while getting a tiny painting of your own tiny home for about $30! CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION on her exhibit.
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


A Geodesic Chicken Dome as YOUR home? Yeah, probably not, but its damn cool…
February 17, 2011, 12:56 pm
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Buckminster Fuller and Lloyd Kahn eat your hearts out! lol….. No, the dome is a poor choice for space efficiency and construction for many reasons, but this lil’ chicken dome is just too cool!
Dustin’ Dr. Demolition” Diedricksen sent me this….which he found up on MAKE Mag’s site….
MORE info and step by step photos on anthony’s chicken dome can be found HERE AT HIS SITE



-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen