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A Funky n’ Futuristic(?) Small Cabin by Broisson Architects
July 31, 2011, 9:15 am
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Shelter No. 2 from Broisson Architects

Kind of a “paper lantern meets a Rubix cube” thing going on here. Over three levels it has a kitchen, sleeps three, and is made from 90% recycled materials (NOT salvaged- “recycled”- so it probably means that this thing would cost your a fortune- BUT its pretty unique/fun/cool).

I’d assume the kitchen, with its outwardly sloping walls (room for counterspace) is in the first, entry level. All in all, its certainly a new and very different offering for the world of vacation cabins and tiny/small homes/houses. for MORE INFO…

And my book….up for pre-order on for only $11.53!

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


A brand new micro-green hanging/"floating" cedar treehouse prototype
July 30, 2011, 12:40 pm
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For kids, a mini-office, a small vacation camp or cabin- heck, even a treehouse for chickens!

Super-simple, made from mill cast-off tongue and groove boards, and painted what I call “Ghostbusters Slime Green”.

I have TOO many shacks, cabins, home-prototypes, and forts in my yard from experimentation now (SEVEN OF THEM)- so I’m selling this one (flooring, etc- will soon be installed)- for $250.00- proceeds of which will go towards funding more “Tiny Yellow House” episodes on youtube. I might squeeze photos of this, and MANY other treehomes, treeforts, treehouses- into the photo galleries (all color) in the new edition of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”- as they let me know I can still toss in a few extras.

These style designs- and WAYYYYYYY more- are in my book

 -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen (Built and designed by)

El Camino’s as campers? (A photo gallery of 60s/70s/80s RV Campers/Mobile Dwellings?)
July 29, 2011, 6:48 pm
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For those who checked out my re-airing of the Chronicle HD TV feature on CBS Boston tonight- welcome, and the designs you saw (AND Approx. FIFTY MORE) are in my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”- which you can order BELOW- or in either side column of this blog..

That said…

 I’m fascinated with car and van dwelling and love reading about the whole mobile living sub-culture….I’ve slept in MANY a car and van (especially when touring with bands when I was younger) and while I did it the “wrong, unplanned, and unorganized” way, by comparison to seasoned vets, there STILL was such a sense of adventure to it- hopping fences to illegally use hotel pools (a substitute for bathing), overnighting in motel parking lots, sleeping behind gas stations, and you name it….

Anyway, I’m also enamored with the mighty “El Camino”- and for years have been wanting to convert one into a redneck road camper….and while I haven’t done so, YET, here are a few very cool camper-versions of this classic automobile. The Ford Ranchero (Ford’s version of the El Camino) also would make a great/same-style tiny road house conversion. 

This one is actually a tiny scale model! 

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

A Redneck candle/coffee can "Flashlight" rig/hack (wall candles for your cabin)
July 28, 2011, 3:56 pm
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This is the kinda stuff I love, and some of the style-ideas I tried to load my “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” book with….and the new edition will have MORE of that. I’m a total sucker for this kind of simple ingenuity.

     This one comes from via his longtime buddy Louie.
So damn simple, yet effective. The interior metal of a coffee can serves as a no-budget, curved reflector for the light, and as a wind housing, preventing it from easily going out.

My new book has a semi-similar idea- using coffee cans and wall mounting them to hold candles (in a safe manor) for light in ones tiny home, cabin, or vacation camp (or even for emergency use). You can do the same with glass jars, so long as they’re vented and angled in a manor that doesn’t collect carbon/soot.

 At least one of Lloyd’s book through Shelter Publications WILL be in my upcoming blog post and video for my “Top Ten Tiny House/Small Living/Micro Architecture Books”- which I’ll be working on real soon….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

The SKINNIEST home in the world? A high-tech, tiny, alleyway house in Poland (photo gallery)
July 27, 2011, 7:41 am
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 This one has been posted in our facebook group (thanks to Sam Brelsfoard), and has been kickin’ around alot lately, and while I personally wouldn’t want to live in something so cold, sterile, narrow, and angular- the idea, and execution, in an art-sense, is pretty amazing. I don’t see how the heck building something like this would be allowed in a city, but then again, I’m not so up to date on my Polish Building codes these days! (There’s a joke in there somewhere (and I’m a tiny part Polish, for the record)).

This super skinny house by Polish architects Centrala proves that practically any space can be transformed into a habitable residence. Set along a narrow alleyway, Keret House will be the narrowest residence in Warsaw, if not the world. The triangle-shaped house will span three levels, suspended between two existing buildings above the alley below.

The slim pod-like building will repurpose a derelict space that seemed to serve as a local dump – the alley was packed with old furniture, trash bags and graffiti. The three levels are built from a steel frame covered with inexpensive plywood, and panels made from Styrofoam and concrete cloth form the structure’s spaceship-like exterior. Visitors even “board” the vessel through a set of remote control stairs, which open and extend to the alley below and then fold into the floor.
Electricity will be provided by a neighboring host building, and a water and sewage system in the small space will be free-standing, much like systems used on boats. The first floor of the living space is a work space and a lounge. The second level, reachable by ladder, fits a sleeping loft with a skylight. The top space can be used for storage.
Part art installation, part workspace, the house was designed as a studio for Israeli writer, Etgar Keret. The creative space will also be open to visiting artists and writers, and hopefully it will to incite inspiration through its design. Construction is slated to begin in September.
+ Centrala
Via Arch Daily


-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Today’s EYE Candy Photo (A drool-worthy micro-house/cabin interior)
July 26, 2011, 3:59 pm
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For all you tiny shelter, and small housing buffs out there- I just LOVED this random shot of a French Caravan’s interior. I wish I could remember where I found this shot when I stowed it away months ago! Sorry….

I guess I have Caravans on my mind as of recent- especially after finally airing the “Sage’s Tiny House on Wheels” episode of “Tiny Yellow House” just the other day……its reposted below, in case you missed it….

As for upcoming episodes, we have a “Return to Walden Woods” video, another on a project from my workshop called “The Krunk Bunk” (a ceiling hanging micro-loft/bed/cubby-study of sorts), Dana’s Maine Bunkhouse (a bunkhouse built and owned by the Mayor of Waterville, Maine), and more…

And again- the new EXPANDED edition of my book is out on pre-order right now- for a mere $11.53….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

NEW video- SAGE’s GYPSY WAGON- a mobile, handbuilt, small house dwelling in Boston
July 25, 2011, 8:46 pm
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We shot this many weeks back (alongside a few other builds and tours), and are happy to finally have this one up and running. All you vardo, vw bus, portable dwelling, and gypsy wagon fans should dig this. Thanks to Sage for opening his home to us. Unfortunately, he is currently being hassled by the city and its building inspectors- so I hope things work out for him.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen