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The Supertramp Mobile Bike House/Camper Concept- Tiny Home Living- on Wheels!
June 30, 2011, 11:46 am
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These photos are just too much fun, and while something like this would be a little too clunky to really ride around with, and would be very unaerodynamic, I could see a frame and canvas concept like this working rather well in a treehouse setting, where lightness counts. You could also erect a structure like this on a small houseboat type float. One review I read, knocks the structure for having a woodstove in it as being too much of a fire hazard (although military tents did this for ages), and while I tend to agree somewhat, I think more of the concern would be in terms of sheer weight/drag. Certainly a unique take on portable dwellings in conjunction with tent-like tiny houses/cabins.

Built and designed by the “do tank” people at Lehman B….



A Designer-Built Shipping Container House in Canada (5 Conex Boxes)
June 29, 2011, 8:14 am
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Not my style, and its certainly not a tiny/small house, but there are some GREAT design ideas within and this video stands as a representation of just what CAN be done with 8′ wide shipping containers. I especially love the kitchen in this home, which I would guess is 20′ long (most containers come in 20′ increments- usually 20′ and 40′). Containers such as these (used) can be purchased and delivered for as little as $2000, if you shop around.
    I always thought a container in a remote area would be ideal- they’re more or less bullet-proof, and burglar proof (when initially constructing them (no windows), and if building a vacation cabin away from home, you can simply leave your tools and materials locked-up within for extended periods of time when you’re away. Of course, if zombies n’ werewolves attack, you have a better chance holing up in one of these (as long as you board up some windows) as well…just a side perk of “going container”.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



A few treehouse photos from my stay aloft in Vermont last weekend…
June 27, 2011, 10:58 pm
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Self-shot photo (form a forthcoming video) of The Fern Forest Treehouse in Vermont (pic by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen)

Here are a few stills taken from an upcoming self-shot, mini-flip-camera episode/vlog I nabbed on a treehouse in northern Vermont. This treehouse (which I visited and stayed in for two nights this past weekend) resides on the property of Harrison Reynolds, and Author, Louella/Ellie Bryant. More to come!

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

(Treehouses, treehomes, treeforts, treehouse bed and breakfast, small/tiny houses/homes, micro-architecture)



FREAKY TEEPEES- The Shelter-Art of Patrick Dougherty- Huts/Shacks/Caves made of Willow Branches
June 26, 2011, 10:36 pm
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From a weekend jaunt through Middlebury, VT…. A Vermont Treehouse video is on the way soon-ish as well…once I get some prep things out of the way for my July 9th Relaxshacks.com Shelter/Tiny House building workshop here in MA (click on the banner up above). As for the structures in the video, form-wise, I wonder if you could anchor them and coat them with a thin layer of ferro-cement and a seal-coat, thus making them waterproof and more-so alternative, REAL, useable shelters? It just could work…. “freaky teepees”?

And if you missed our other most recent HOUSEBOAT video…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



Back from Vermont (staying in a gorgeous treehouse)- 3 mini vids on the way- and in the meantime….
June 26, 2011, 8:46 pm
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A tiny/small camper/trailer fused into a Vermont Home/Cabin- Photo by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

  I’m exhausted. The fam just rolled back in from three action-packed days in Vermont, staying in a really-cool treehouse (you’ll see video soon-ish), and having just arrived home about two or so hours ago, I thought I’d share two quick photos with you (and them collapse into a coma).
     This home lies somewhere between Lincoln, VT (where we stayed) and Middlebury, VT (where we went for a day trip). BOTH of those towns are very picturesque in a Norman Rockwell way (more on that later)- but this house…eh….not so much. I do love this though; its a mix of Yankee ingenuity, redneck thrift, and just not givin’ a damn about what the neighbors think (which I also respect- depending on the neighbors). If painted and fixed up, it wouldn’t be all that bad of a lil’ house actually.

I’ve seen a few of these too (only in VT)- homes fused to old camper-trailers. Why not??

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



A Mayo Beach- Wellfleet, MA- Cape Cod tiny Oyster Shack/House
June 24, 2011, 9:22 am
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A fisherman’s/oysterman’s shack on Cape Cod (photo by Derek Diedricksen)

 Here’s a quick shot from my tiny house travels (when we brought one of my micro-houses to the Cape Cod Eco-Fest for display). This shot is from the parking lot area on Mayo Beach- and active oyster farm- and this, as I was told, is more or less the very last oyster shack (for work/lodging) left in that area. You can see that some remodeling and fixing has been done, but it gives you an idea of what the tiny sheds and shanties looked like that once lined this beach many decades ago. Wellfleet, MA, again, is AMAZING in terms of independent artists and galleries- we saw something like THIRTY art studios (without even looking) in this tiny little town- some of the best fried clams I’ve ever had too- this place on Route 6 called “Moby Dick’s”. This area is well worth a visit, but does get NUTS in the summer.

Anyway, semi soon-ish, I’m off to a treehouse in Vermont- and you can bet I’ll snap some footage/take some video… Its a place built by Harrison Reynolds, dubbed “The Fern Forest Treehouse”.I’ll be staying in it for two nights fairly soon…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



A funktified/bizarre caravan sighting in Germany- "The Jesus Wagon"!?
June 23, 2011, 2:44 pm
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I saw this on one of my favorite bizarre-blogs (heavy on dumpster diving (cool!), and always with some great photos and commentary! I’m talkin’ ’bout ClickClackGorilla.com We actually have a Tiny Yellow House video comin’ out down the road on the Click-Clack rennovated Caravan/Gypsy Wagon/Vardo as well…the place is incredible- as you’ll see, and true to out own tastes, mostly built furnished with free and recycled materials.

As for the photos, they’re kinda creepy, honestly (especially the seemingly frightened sheep with the bulging eye), but certainly interesting….and their explanation is further below…

They also remind me of alot of the graffiti art that Lloyd Kahn often photographs….

(from ClickClackGorilla) I meant to share these photos alongside the story about playing in Düsseldorf two weekends ago, but I forgot, so it looks like Jesus wagon gets its very own post.
This Bauwagen lives in Düsseldorf, around the corner from the AZ and the super pretty Wagenplatz. It is apparently used by a church and is open once a week as a sort of coffee, cake, and Jesus mission. The street on which it is parked once was a street full of squats. Now it’s a street full of incredibly diversely, brightly painted buildings. One was done like a crossword puzzle, complete with clues. I wonder how often they get vandals who don’t fill in their answers in pencil.
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 And for those who missed out latest video, so as not to bury it- YET….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

(File under: Tiny mobile houses, small homes, dwellings, trailers, vardos, caravan wagons, portable housing)