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Houseboats/Floating Tiny Homes FOR RENT in Boston/Charlestown, MA
April 30, 2011, 4:39 pm
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Tiny House Vacations- ON THE WATER- IN THE CITY….
Check out this link, and the surprising amount of houseboats that can be rented by the night right in the Boston Harbor area! From 400 square feet, to almost 1200 in size….file ’em under “not-so-shantyboats”…very nice….

Here’s a list…   http://www.airbnb.com/search#modified=true

We’ll be filming this particular one for another episode of “Tiny Yellow House” very soon….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

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A BRAND NEW "Tiny Yellow House" episode for Make Magazine….
April 29, 2011, 9:48 am
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“THE JUNCTION BOX STASH SPOT”….a new video for Make Magazine, where I’ll be airing a new video for them every month now. Also, in mere days, we shoot THREE more episodes of TINY YELLOW HOUSE- a gypsy wagon on Boston, a houseboat inn, and another micro-shelter (a super tiny homeless house/cabin) that I’ve built for the show. I can’t wait….it’ll be exhausting, but fun- and part of a team-up with AIRBNB.COM – I site where I’ve spent wayyyy too much time tiny house, treehouse, and modern-house peepin’!

As always, we’re looking for small sponsors who want to reach MANY people- email me at kid cedar at gmail dot com.

Thanks for checkin’ it out! (Note, again, this weekend’s Baltimore road trip and tiny house/cabin art exhibit have been cancelled- a long story, that luckily turned into something much more exciting for us….we’ll tell you later….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



The first modern zombie-proof, apocalyptic bunker house/home- WTF!?
April 29, 2011, 6:56 am
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Steve Sherrick from Modern Vintage Productions (My camera guy for the “Tiny Yellow House” youtube episodes (click the logo in the left column)) sent me this one….

Ok…this one’s far from a tiny house, and being shown as more a case of really idiotic people blowing their money on stupid, pointlessly extravagant things…..and I’m not usually one to be negative, but for all the money they must have expended on this home, its still left devoid of any comfort, or any really stellar design appeal or style. Is it supposed to resemble a cold, robotic, prison? I’m left confused as to whether or not this is some multi-million dollar joke or not…..or if this person is just really paranoid (or the CEO of some ruthless citizen-robbing corporation who knows that its only a matter of time before the “villagers” have had enough).

In all seriousness, there are a few elements I do like, but all in all, its just another case of wasteful overindulgence- even the owner has to realize this (and I’m sure it financially pleased the architects to no end).

The write-up from “All That Is Interesting”…..

Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job), 28 Days Later, we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 of our dreams.
     “The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar.
     “The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure. Who wouldn’t feel safe in a concrete rectangle that folds in upon itself to become completely sealed? Even the windows are covered with a slab of concrete when the structure is on nap time.
     The house, with its movable walls, has only one entrance, which is located on the second floor after crossing a drawbridge. Seems like the perfect opportunity to use a flamethrower and defend the life of your family, while stylishly nesting in a piece of architectural elitism.
    
From: http://all-that-is-interesting.com/post/4956385434/the-first-zombie-proof-house ( A VERY cool site- be sure to check them out!)
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Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



A reader submitted treehouse photo- from Nicaragua….
April 28, 2011, 3:52 pm
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Sorry we buried it so quickly, esp. as the email feedback had been so great….but for those who missed our next most recent post of the airbnb.com treehouse inn- you can find more here… http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13037 (or scroll down further below)
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John Aber, after seeing some recent posts on treehomes/treehouses/treeforts here on relaxshacks.com, sent us this photo: Its a treehouse in Nicaragua/Central America, where after ascending several steps, you actually enter the structure by climbing INSIDE and through a hollowed out section of the tree.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


An AMAZING treehouse/treehome inn in Rincon, Puerto Rico for rent!
April 28, 2011, 8:00 am
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First, for any newcomers (from a pair of new magazine articles on our work- we’ll post ’em soon)- please check out our VIDEO tours of the recycled micro-cabins/shelters that we build….       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmR3kx660gw

AND…..

Wow…. this is a listing for nightly rentals that I came across on airbnb.com -here’s the link, if interested in seeing/reading more…    http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13037

Jo S

Located in the lush hills of Western Puerto Rico, our hooches are self-sufficient treehouses with solar hot water, solar lighting, kitchenette, and a queen size bed in the penthouse suite- with a killer view of the Caribbean sea. Lush, tropical, and private- with 12 acres of tropical hardwoods and bamboo forest.
We have two hooches available. The Luna hooch is $110/night. The Sunset hooch is $135/night (bigger, more private, better view)
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If I lived in such a climate, I’d be all for living in one of these open-air treehouse-cabanas (well, except for the monsoon/hurricane season). I was actually in Puerto Rico years back (its gorgeous), and while in its national rainforest, I actually thought to myself, “THIS would be the ultimate locale for a treehouse vacation home”. At the time land was VERY inexpensive down there….and man oh man are the Pina Coladas (their birthplace) incredible down there!

I’d LOVE to film this one for “Tiny Yellow House” TV someday….we’ll see….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



A truly "Green" playhouse/possible vacation cabin
April 27, 2011, 8:42 pm
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If this is the kid’s playhouse, I can’t imagine how ridiculously opulent the actual main home would be!? I love the open look and feel of this design though, and the seemingly random addition of the green-stained/painted boards. In warmer climates, with several tweaks, it could make for very nice tiny vacation house/cabin….
 
Open House by Nixon Tulloch Fortey

(from Holly Gomez of “A Place Imagined”: Can I get an adult version of this?  Six amazing playhouses were designed and built for the 2011 Cubby House Village at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.   They’re all great designs, but this one really caught my eye.

Here’s the write up on Open House:
Open House has been designed like a life-size toy, It’s singular material and object like form is intended to appeal to a child’s perception of a house – four walls, a pitched roof and a chimney – much like a Monopoly House. Whilst the exterior is very literal at first glance, “Open House” needs to be ‘unpacked’, which provides a flexible and ever-changing dynamic that allows the end user to create a myriad of real and imagined spaces.
Elements take on multiple identities – the wall that folds down to open the ‘house’ up to the garden also becomes a deck, or maybe a drawbridge, or maybe a shop window. One or more features can be unpacked at any one time. Once fully unpacked or opened, there is potential for a number of children to play in and around “Open House”.
With its contemporary detailing yet traditional form, “Open House” has the flexibility to sit well within any backyard. The design of “Open House” means it’s up to the proud home owner to decide just how it looks and works – giving them a sense of ownership of their very own abode.

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-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


666 square feet in Brooklyn, NY- apparently even the devil digs tiny houses…
April 26, 2011, 1:44 pm
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666 square feet- and real estate wise, it probably would still cost a fortune! A very cool little house though…

Poking around Windsor Terrace the other day, we spied this cabin-like building that sprouted between an aluminum siding-clad single-family house, and an aluminum siding-clad apartment house. Much has been written about the growing tiny house movement in America, but while New Yorkers are famous for making due in small spaces, we don’t often see them as freestanding homes. This one is 666-square-feet, on a 2,430-square-foot lot, and may we say it is adorable?

write-up from brownstoner.com

City dwellers have been living in small apartments and quarters for ages, but its rare that you see so small a single family dwelling so close to a major metropolitan area like Manhattan, NYC- as its usually all multi-unit apartment buildings and condos that dominate the landscape. Its great to see the occasional ultra tiny house/home still holding out in an area where land is at such a premium.
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen