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These tiny houses/inn rooms are just "Too Cool"…..
September 30, 2011, 8:28 pm
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….and a little too transparent too, but hey, ya’ can’t win ’em all!
     Thanks to Johnny Lloyd Rollins for sharing this one on our facebook tiny housing group (you can join through the icon/link in the righthand column). These, obviously in cold climates in particular, would make for some great high-end, and modern, micro houses or vacation camps/homes.

Want to watch the Northern Lights in Finland from a heater/insulated igloo?? (Well, start saving, I’d imagine!)

These glowing, glorious igloos are the centerpiece of Kakslauttanen, Finland’s Igloo Village. They do everything to keep you warm and pampered while offering a breathtaking view of the Northern sky. Each igloo is equipped with thermal glass, which keeps the view clear even in sub-zero temperatures. (from )

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


Even the Mayor of Waterville. ME digs "The Tiny Life"- A China, Maine bunkhouse
September 29, 2011, 2:13 pm
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     Here are a few more exterior shots of the Sennett Bunk/Guest House, which I shot while on vacation in China, Maine- right outside Waterville- where Dana Sennett is currently the Mayor. Its a great little cabin, with bunk beds and a closet within (a closet that could easily be made into a small bathroom). We’ll eventually show you the interior once we get a few more photos from the Sennetts, as this will be an episode of “Tiny Yellow House” at some point (we actually shot it last year). This little cabin/house originally was a mere wood shed, and later converted into what you see today. The smaller “shed” also shown, is the old Sennett ice fishing shack- now parked on their narrow lot for storage. I believe the cabin is approx. 8′ deep, but 12′ long or so. The front window is a fake mirrored shelf for plants.

Cold beer, seating, grilling, cooling (fan), storage, and rain protection- all in one little area/deck.

     Dana is also a master recycler, bargain hunter, and clever/thrifty guy- with some very decent insight/knowledge in green energy and practice- some of which he might attempt to bring to the city of Waterville, ME- which has a gorgeous, old fashioned downtown, great restaurants, and even an independent bookstore or two! I do recommend a visit- there’s lots to discover in that area.

The Sennett Camp (the main house- also very small (not shown)) will be in the photo insert collection/section of my book (the new edition- below). And again, at somepoint, we’ll finish up the editing of the episode based around this tiny Maine camp and guest house. (all photos by me, Derek “Deek” Diedricksen).

Boom! A FREE tiny housing seminar/event at Walden Woods/Pond
September 28, 2011, 10:05 am
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For all you H.D. Thoreau addicts….

If you had asked me just a few years back if I’d ever be asked to not only speak at Walden Woods, but bring out one of my micro cabins/shelters for display, I would have thought you crazy (and would have immediately requested a sip of whatever you had been apparently drinking).

Well….its happening- THREE SPEAKERS- WALDEN WOODS- and its all FREE– so mark them calendars, if you’re within driving distance.

Please pass it on…. CLICK ON FLYER TO ENLARGE IT….

Side notes: John Hanson Mitchell’s book is REALLY good- I recently read it- do find a copy (sadly, its out of print). I’ll also have the last batch of old-version, hand-assembled books on hand as well….and will be hanging out for quite a bit after to just chat with anyone who has questions, ideas, and so on- and to enjoy the park.

ALSO- the very next day- Sun, Oct 16th- I’ve been invited to be a guest speaker at Jay Shafer’s Tiny Tumbleweed House Company workshop in NYC- so to any attending, I’ll see you there! 

Sage’s SMALLER Gypsy "Woods" Wagon- a micro, portable dwelling (on the cheap!)
September 27, 2011, 10:36 am
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Sage’s “Woods Wagon”- the overall micro-structure is only 24/25 square feet (4′ by 6′, roughly, I’d imagine).

     Sage Radachowsky (Note: He and I are speaking (FREE) at Walden Woods on Oct 15th- more details below), who you’ve seen before on “Tiny Yellow House” TV (video below), recently shared this cool little portable, temporary dwelling with us on our tiny/small housing facebook chat group, and more recently has agreed to give us some more info and background on it.
    Its a pretty cool, sleek, and simple little structure, and one that could be build for a very small amount of loot, I’d imagine. In terms of setting up camp in the woods, if you ever got booted from a site, it’d simply be a matter of picking up the yokes/handles and rolling elsewhere. This structure could make for a fun and effective little art studio, reading spot, yoga room (if a little larger), guest bunker, or even a traveling vending/sleeper cart (for places like Burning Man Festival, Coachella, Life is Good Festival, etc). I’d personally like to see something like this in treehouse/treefort mode- an easy conversion.

A “Hawk’s Eye View”

     I do hope he builds it, as I’d love to get him back on video to showcase something like this.

As for more info from Sage himself…..(taken from his facebook posts, and more recent emails with me).

This (The Woods Wagon) is an idea for a human-drawn wagon for cold-weather dwelling in the woods for a day to a couple weeks. Goal is 100 pounds or lighter .. propane stove/heater (vented outside of course) .. 25 square feet inside. Polycarbonate canopy, double layer for warmth. Load up with books, tea, oatmeal, millet, a small guitar, and go

I think it’s a lot like some of your designs/cabin in function and concept.
My one main concern is where to find sheets of polybicarbonate? It may be pricey though .. but I think worth it for the clarity of the sky view.   Two layers, as well, for insulation.   
I don’t think I’ll get to build it this year .. it would be so awesome if I could .. you’re welcome, and anyone else, to take any ideas from it of course!  It draws from your philosophy and work as well.

     My idea was to have a propane heater that is vented to the outside, but would radiate most of its heat inside the thing, and I think a pilot light size flame would heat the space in all but the coldest weather.    I picture a metal box with a glass window for the heater, within the small countertop … and placing a heat radiator on top of the metal box for heating … then removing that heat radiator  (you know, something like this) and turning up the flame when you want to cook on the top of the box, to make tea or whatever.
I also picture a tiny sink that drains to the outside, for simple washing.  Just an inch deep or so.
Perhaps I can get to it.  I would love to spend time in it, reading down at the pond near my house …
Sage runs, is a VERY talented guitar maker and carpenter (, and will be speaking with myself, and author John Hanson Mitchell (“Living At The End Of Time”)- at Walden Woods, Sat, Oct 15th- FREE. A tiny housing/small living mini-seminar that the park is organizing and offering. Should be fun!
THE VERY NEXT DAY (Oct 16th)- I’ve also been invited as a guest speaker for the NYC Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s Workshop– which should also be a blast. I’ll be yackin’ for about an hour on tiny housing, small space design, and more, in the midst of Jay Shafer’s presentations.
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Random scribblings and dribblings (and their sibblings)…..tiny/small house, cabin, shed, fort, and vacation camp ideas
September 26, 2011, 11:34 pm
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Here are some sketches and what not that I stumbled upon in the dark, dusty, recesses of my internet scan/photo box…..some of ’em aren’t so hot, but you just never know what tiny little detail, angle, or approach might spark off some other idea for one of you…..

This is a more recent pen, marker, and crayon sketch for a potential client- as I was just hashing out some ideas in my head- for a shed/work space. I actually kinda like the 2nd from the bottom, boxy, multi-windowed one- super simple in concept and look, but the windows kind of save it.

This one was from the back of a junk mail envelope- apparently I had no other paper within reach at the time when I was brainstorming “The GottaGiddaWay” cabin.

This one I might have shared before (can’t recall)- its in some of the later assembled versions of my book (in place of the old “Vegetable Oil Heater” sketch (I later felt I didn’t want to encourage people to play with fire and oil), and will be in ALL the new editions of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”. 
Another newish one, that I posted a sneak of a ways back- more kid-oriented, but just expand it in size, and it could satisfy a kid-at-heart adult. This one won’t be in the new edition of my book, but might be in the next book.

    Most of these drawings stink, as they’re simply fast (n’ furious (without the Vin Diesel lisp)) rough drafts, so please don’t let them scare you away from my other real, “serious”, stuff.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

A container house fire station training center??
September 25, 2011, 8:26 am
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     I was asked to come out to the Deerfield Fair in Deerfield, MA the other weekend (a great, very fun, event RIGHT in the midst of the town’s historic district) to exhibit one of my tiny shelters/camps/cabins and talk about my d.i.y. book, and naturally, I snapped a bunch of photos on this three day excursion (many more to come).

     What you see here, is a fire fighters training facility for the town, but one so unique and compact looking, I couldn’t help but take a few shots of it. Basically, its a tangent example of what can be done with a truck container (or a conex box/shipping container) in terms of low cost housing. Most shipping containers run in eight foot widths, but in standard lengths of twenty and forty feet, so there is a decent amount of layouts one could come up with in such a space- especially if you bolted these containers together side to side, and removed the interior walls (making them 16′ wide). Granted, with this truck container shown, you couldn’t make a two-story structure out of its one shell, well, unless you were under four feet tall….

Me, holding down the fort (literally, it was windy out), behind the lines of the Deerfield, MA Fair
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-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

My latest tiny house/greenhouse project…..
September 22, 2011, 4:01 pm
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     Here’s a sketch (not to scale) of what I’ve been working on lately….a very simple 6′ by 12′ greenhouse structure that will double, potentially, as a writer’s retreat (for a horror/dark fiction author) space for a client. In the endrun, it’ll be outfitted with a tiny wood-burning stove, a crushed stone floor (very dark stone to collect and retain heat), and perhaps that tiny deck off of the front. I have a pile of huge second-hand Anderson Windows that have been burning a hole in my proverbial pocket, so these will be put to good use here.

All in all, it could/can double as a tiny guest house, or woods camp/retreat easily. I’d nix the clear roof (too hot) if that were the case though…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen