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The Bolt-Together House 1972- a prefabricated tiny vacation house HIT from Jeff Milstein
July 19, 2011, 10:05 pm
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For any newcomers to the site (Make Mag, etc.) our NEW, very-expanded edition of our Tiny House/Cabin/Fort/Shack Design book is available for order at the end of this post…)- at a REALLY discounted price. Thanks! 
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I’ve been asked many times before by people “Just what IS your favorite small house style of design?”, or “What’s the coolest tiny home you’ve seen?”….in interviews, in casual conversations…..
Realtor’s Photo- from Deer Island, New Brunswick (if the new owners EVER see this post, we’d LOVE to come up and film/interview you guys for our show! PLEASE don’t buy this place for the land and tear down the cabin!)
Well, one of the reasons I hesitated on posting these photos and this info, is because the cabin in this blog post was actually recently for sale, and Dustin, Dawn (my brother and my sister-in-law) and I were actually contemplating buying it so that we could shoot a documentary film on it, and occasionally use it. The price (and its WATERFRONT, ON an island in New Brunswick)- a mere $18,000.00. The ultimate reason on us passing and making an offer was that it was just too far away- AND we already have our off-grid cabin in Vermont (See “Tiny Yellow House: Vermont Cabin” episode on youtube).

A shot of the micro-loft

THIS is definitely one of my favorite cabin designs and concepts- and it ties right into the Lester Walker book (link below) which was my FIRST tiny housing book I was gifted at age 10- back in the mid eighties. I STILL haven’t tired of this book, and as I’ve slowly been piecing together a “Deek’s Top 15/20 Tiny House Design Books” for an eventual post here, Walker’s book will easily be in my top five. Again, check it out below….

Lester’s book has some schematics and measurements/multi-views of how to construct this simple cabin. 

Exterior- overall length is just 16′- (four sheets of plywood/T-111)

Dustin “Dr. Demolition” Diedricksen actually had a chance to step inside this place on his way to Nova Scotia a few weekends back and has quite a bit of footage he filmed showing the interior, exterior, and surrounding landscape of this cool little cabin. Once he gets it edited down, we’ll toss it up on my relaxshacksDOTcom youtube channel.

The History on this cabin design– Architect Jeff Milstein came up with the pre-fabricated concept of this vacation house (in 1972, which could be fully built for $2500.00), and released the idea through Family Circle Magazine- it not only became a huge hit, even with a cult-following to this very day, but still stands as THE best selling blueprints that the magazine ever carried- selling out its 25,000 copies.

And my book (above- Lester Walker gave me a very positive write-up/review on it as well- which didn’t suck).  -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



Relaxshacks.com Tiny House/Shelter Workshop 2011- Photos part 2 (and a Tiny House Music Video!?)
July 19, 2011, 1:16 pm
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Lots goin’ on here at the “Relaxshacks.com Camp”- as usual….(AND NEW photos of an unseen build are below- its NOT finished though– so I’m unsure as to whether or not I should have posted anything yet…too late…).

“The Little Blue Bump”- a micro-escape/single sleeper cabin (to be placed in the shade, or if not, roofed in WHITE poly panels) that we built at the workshop. This IS NOT done- and the paint and windows are all additions I personally added after the workshop concluded (the photos below). Still a ways to go on this one. The attendees did a great job on this (based on a sketch I handed ’em). This will have a tiny front deck, solar lights, interior paint, flooring, and more- ultimately. I’ve added FOUR makeshift “windows” to it so far….
The rear-side- at the conclusion of the workshop day (14 hours of speakers, cabin tours, building, eating, and demonstrations). “The Simple Shell” is/was another name for this easy-to-build (and afford), plywood disaster relief, or homeless shelter.
Dustin’s (my brother) group came up with this scrap material door, complete with a cut-wine-bottle knob, a “chinese star” door latch, and the use of some scrap aluminum screening I had from my radiator cover-building days. Some scrap wood was worked into the mix too.
A close-up of the rear window….which utilizes a sash/glass pane that we grabbed from a dump (while at the Cape Cod Eco-fest).

 Also, I just spent a very late/long night dropping some new vocals on a song my band wrote (Age Against The Machine/Anklelock) and recorded called
“Pullit”- this being a parody “how-to” instructional video/version (the lyrics ARE the directions) that we’ll soon film a music video for- for Make Magazine- another exclusive edition of “Tiny Yellow House”.

Me, on the mic, over at Media Boss Studio- I look kinda evil in this one….

 We recorded over at “Media Boss” Studios with Jim Foster from the bands Nullset/White- he also has produced albums and recordings for Godsmack, P.O.D., Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen), and more….the guys REALLY good at what he does.

Can’t wait to finish this one- ONCE we film “The Krunk Bunk” for Make….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen