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"TINY YELLOW HOUSE"- A Writer’s Retreat/Greenhouse built from "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks"
February 27, 2012, 9:20 pm
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As the video explains, this build was based off the cabin design/concept named “Down At Big Lee’s Swamp”, in my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, which you can check out through the link below. “The Horror Hut”, as I later dubbed it, is more greenhouse than tiny house, but you can see the potential its simple design for use, with some changes, as a tiny vacation cabin, shedworking spot, or a guest room for one’s backyard. It measures a mere 6′ by 12′ in size, but its 8′ ceiling (at its high point) make it seem more spacious.

This new edition of “Tiny Yellow House” for Make Magazine was shot by Mike Amato, and Steven Sherrick. And yes, we have LOTS more on the way, including three or four episodes, if all goes well, from the city of Seattle (a loooong ways from our home base near Boston, MA). We’re always in need of sponsors- we’ll thank you in the episodes and link you, etc- kidcedar at gmail dot com.

John Grover, the author we built this for, can be found at

 and- HUGE THANKS to Kevin Harrington at (and a few others, who I’ll mention soon), who have been VERY supportive and helpful with these videos! Check out some of Kevin’s tiny house designs and links over at his site…    -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

NEW VIDEO TOUR- a 36′ Catalina Sailboat- Tiny Living ON THE WATER…..
February 26, 2012, 5:07 pm
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     Thanks to the Wellens Family, in Cape Coral, Florida for letting us snoop inside their boat (which was docked almost right outside the place we were staying). Their 36′ Catalina was just gorgeous, and shows many examples of how boat living IS tiny house living. I joined up with Alex Pino of to shoot this quick little video….and we had a blast doing it. This is actually the second tiny housing jaunt he and I have gone on- another back in 2010 in Matlacha, Florida.

Anyway, shelving, creative storage and use of space, multi-purposing, and small, but cozy, sleep spaces all go to show the ingenuity that goes into designing boats. “A place for everything, and everything in its place”, as the old saying goes….

I’ll post some other photos I took of this boat, down the road…..

The caption for the screen shot below should read “Two tiny house geeks think they’re ninjas…”


My New Book On Tiny House/Small Space Designs….

A Cordwood, Timber-Framed, Yurt from Natural Builder Marcos Grossman
February 23, 2012, 7:46 pm
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     I’m a sucker for cordwood structures, and this one struck me as rather cool- from a guy, apparently, who is very well versed in the world/field of natural building- cob, adobe, etc. I also really dig the “leaning walls” in this tiny little house/out building (a seasonal one as evidenced by all the screening). Oh yeah, its timber framed too- and seemingly makes use of a recycled door and some salvaged windows (bonus points for Mr. Grossman there!). -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Cantilevered Cabin- A tiny shack bolted to the side of a city building…..
February 23, 2012, 10:26 am
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      LOVE this one! It was installed by the San Franciscan art group “Manifest Destiny” to bring awareness to urban homelessness.

      The cabin, 10 feet tall, 6 feet long and 7 feet deep. It was mainly built from wood that was recycled from a 100 year old barn. A small solar panel is the power source for its interior illumination at night. Custom steel ‘L’ brackets, alongside concrete anchor bolts were used to secure this building to the side of another city building, three stories above a restaurant. This building will remain on display until the end of October (although I don’t know why they just don’t leave it up for the sake or tourism…) -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen also has a good piece on this…..

Tumbleweed in Seattle! A four person (tiny house addict) QnA panel….
February 22, 2012, 8:01 pm
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       First off, you might have seen this, or heard of the event already, but the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s workshop this coming weekend in Seattle, will have a special added Q n’ A session with Jay Shafer, Dee Williams, Pepper Clark, and myself. It’s gonna be real fun(!), the workshop is packed already, and I can’t wait to see Seattle in general. I’m also bringing out Christopher Smith from “Tiny: The Movie” to shoot a few tiny house tour videos, and how-tos, while I’m out on the west coast. A container house, a 68 square foot, transforming guest house, an ultra-micro, and modern, Seattle apartment, and more….Christopher’s work is GREAT, and after meeting him and Merete Mueller when they interviewed me for their film, I found him to be a talented, and instantly likeable guy. Check him out a

As for Tumbleweed- I’m hosting workshops here and there for them….if you’re in the area, check ’em out!

MIAMI, FL- April 14-15th…

BOSTON, MA- May 19-20th…

ALSO- and its FREE (and I’ll mention it closer to the date)….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

TIRE’d of seeing old tires laying around? Another recycling use….
February 21, 2012, 3:54 pm
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    From the Sanford n’ Son School of Landscaping?? We talked about a slew of ideas for reusing tires when it comes to tiny house construction and design, but here’s one more, in a photo that was too fun and colorful to pass up….I’m not sure if there’s some internal framing (I would think so) or if the tires are merely bolted together in some fashion. This “conversation” all started with an email from a reader after he saw some of my ideas in my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”– from using tires as a small cabin’s base, to filling them with concrete and pre-set bolts to use as walkway supports (for building/access on swampy (more affordable) land).

Here’s a link to the other post with a TON of ideas. TEN OTHER USES FOR OLD TIRES

 I’m actually now off to pick up a CASE of old (never used) bicycle inner tubes (closely related enough) from VELO BICYCLES in Canton, MA (Thank You) for an upcoming project for my “Tiny Yellow House” show. My father-in-law, Paul Bendix, also just mentioned today that he has access to over 1000 brand new marching drumsticks (his gun club was using them for firewood otherwise)- so I’ll be scheming some use for those down the road.  -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

A Return To Crooked Shack- A Rickety, Old, Rotten, Roadside Shed
February 20, 2012, 9:47 pm
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     I drive by this little shed a few times a week, and actually did a post on photos of it way back on the old version of the blog (the cabin in snow at that time). Here’s a new look at it. Its just about ready to fall down, but still holding on, somehow.
     I’m a sucker for old sheds, silos, and especially abandoned desert gas stations. “Rotten Ruins: The Neglected Sheds Of America”- now THAT would be a book I’d check out- bizarre, but somehow interesting (at least to me).
     Anyhow, its not a tiny house or true cabin, per se, but houses are merely souped up sheds and shacks- and some of those are even quite livable.  -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen