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A mid century modern TINY SHIPPING CONTAINER HOME
August 31, 2012, 10:42 pm
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Not too shabby for something that was slapped together and outfitted in TWO DAYS! This was the (somewhat recent) finale competition on the program Design Star All Stars, and while I didn’t see a single other episode of the show (I don’t have cable tv), and hear that the overall track record of the show’s winner was better, I still think, as far as this last contest went, contestant Hilari Younger got robbed. I dug this entry over the others by far- in its use of a VERY limited space (7′ by 20′ on the interior), and the bold use of color and accessories/furnishings it employed. Nothing I would personally choose to live in, style wise, but its just fun and ballsy at the same time.

 Here are FIVE books dealing with shipping container architecture and pre-fabricated and eco-housing….some deal with tiny, and/or small/modest sized houses too….just some books/links to peruse…

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

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A tiny, tiny bathroom, in a tiny bunk house in Maine
August 31, 2012, 7:55 pm
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Earlier this summer, while in China Maine, I took a few new snapshots of this little bunkhouse (which appears in the photo gallery of my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”), and its newly installed, super tiny bathroom. The bathroom was a former closet, and is a mere 4′ by 4′ in its floor layout. The tiny sink was salvaged from another collapsing cabin in the woods and given a new life here. Dana Sennett, former mayor of the city of Waterville, ME is the proud builder/owner of this lil’ cabin by the lake. This building was formerly a wood shed too, believe it or not.

Dana’s 4′ by 4′ bathroom. All photos by Deek

 This is all part of a SLEW of new photos I’ve been taking for well over a year, that may possibly end up in another tiny housing design and concept book- I’m most likely also working on a coffee-table style book for another publisher on KID’S FORTS, treehouses, and more– and am currently looking for any submission photos and exceptional works- here’s you’re chance to have YOUR WORK showcased in a book! kidcedar at gmail dot com is my email if you’re interested- the book will ALSO feature some hobby sheds, ultra-tiny houses, and seasonal cabins as well.

And yes, soon, I’ll elaborate more on the NEW guest speakers that have been added to our “Tiny House Building Workshop” in Stoughton, MA (12 miles outside Boston), on Nov 2-4. Still some room left for sign-ups. kidcedar at gmail dot com if you’re interested.

The Sennett Bunkhouse on China Lake
The bunk room itself- its about 8′ deep and 12′ long (the entire cabin)
Curtained storage above the bathroom- smart!

 ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE of a tiny bathroom for a tiny house, and one with a shower comes from the book “Little House On A Small Planet” from Shay Solomon- a great read. Its full of photos and vingetes from tiny house dwellers.   -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



What a great idea for a tiny/small kids room! A funky loft bunk!
August 29, 2012, 11:24 am
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Assuming you have the ceiling height, here’s a great little project for a kids room- and one that would free up a good deal of floor space for a desk, or seating. Obviously, the same, but in a larger format, concept could be applied to a set-up for adults.
    I’m slowly gathering a photo collection of “good space efficiency set-ups” for both kid and adult rooms, and I’ll be posting those soon. In the meantime, here’s a mere sample.

Basically, its a plywood box, with rounded access and window holes, wall-papered within, and set on painted 4″ by 4″ posts- which in turn support the ladder rungs- so simple, but it looks GREAT!

Feel free to share your ideas or photos too! It looks like I’m being signed on to create a kid’s fort/playhouse book, complete with some full plans (and many guest designers) too- IF YOU’D LIKE YOUR FORTS, TREEHOUSES, OR TINY PLAYHOUSE CREATIONS (EVEN HOBBY SHEDS) TO BE PHOTOGRAPHICALLY FEATURED AS PART OF IT, SEND ME PHOTOS (very hi-res only), and you just may be in the book- credited, or course, and all. KIDCEDAR at GMAIL dot com.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



MORE GUESTS added to MA’s "Tiny-House Building Workshop"
August 28, 2012, 3:31 pm
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NEW “Tiny House Building Workshop Poster” WITH NEW ADDED GUEST SPEAKERS(!) from artist Derek Muscat- of THEOCYDESIGN.com– this guy is pretty amazing and has done alot of treehouse related art in the past too- DAMN WILD stuff, so be sure to check him out! More on our added guests soon too! Kidcedar at gmail dot com if you might be interested in attending, or click HERE.

With our ONE THOUSANDTH blog post on the horizon (between the old blog (still up) and the new), we also might be having a workshop update AND a giveaway over on Tinyhouseblog.com too…. keep checking here and over there.    -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

 ALSO, A new book is in the works, ASIDE from a follow-up to “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”- we’ll be looking for some guest contributors and photographers down the road! If you haven’t yet checked out my book, its pretty darn affordable- here’s the link….



The Brand New VW Camper/Motorhome "DOUBLEBACK"
August 27, 2012, 4:37 pm
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Wow! Talk about engineering! Check out this video- the VW camper of the future (although the price is very futuristic too! Yeowch! 55,000 Pounds). Thanks to Mike Napurano of our “Tiny Yellow House and Relaxshacks.com” Facebook discussion board for pointing this one out! Join our group here! Its not a fan page, but an actual interactive board/forum, where there’s always some GREAT content. We have quite the cast of characters on board too!

Anyway, they’ve now taken the classic VW camper, and have given it a remote controlled, cantilevered, add-on- giving it almost DOUBLE the space. Its really the Transformer Toy of road campers/VW buses!

Could something like this be devised for a tiny house so as to circumvent square footage code?

PS- I’ve been REALLY ill lately, so sorry for any blog delays, and I will soon unveil a couple of new guest speakers that will be part of our three day “TINY HOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP” in MA- Nov 2-4th! I can’t wait! We still have a little room too, if interested. I’m still tweaking plans as to what we’ll collectively build, in terms of the guest house- but its going to be fun- and perhaps a filmed feature for Make Magazine.
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



A PORCUPINE-shaped tiny house/cabin?
August 25, 2012, 12:19 pm
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If you’ve read the short encounter chapter in my tiny-housing book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, you know that Porcupines in Vermont have become my mortal enemies. I do find them very interesting, but man can they destroy the siding of a cabin VERY quickly…regardless, I really dig this little sculptural cabin….

This one is just wild- and was created by artists at the San Francisco “Recology” center- with the focus of several exhibit builds being “recycled materials”- fittingly. As many of you know, I’m a big fan of fun, and whimsical tiny dwellings- and this one certainly fits the bill! No interior photos were provided at www.recology.com, but its still fascinating enough, even if only given an outside vantage.

Above is another very cool offering from the same event….spherical structures are very hard to furnish, and are very space inefficient though….

From RECOLOGY:
Suzanne Husky: Sleeper Cell Raising
The wealth of materials available to Suzanne Husky during her residency at the dump enabled her to construct small habitable structures that had previously existed only in her drawings. The artist’s intention for these forms, which appear like tiny homes for characters in a folk tale, is that they be placed in a forest or garden, potentially to be slept in. While the shelters in nature-inspired shapes such as a porcupine convey a humorous charm, Husky’s description of them as “sleeper cells” alludes to more sober concerns—people living off the grid in anticipation of an environmental apocalypse, ecoterrorists mobilizing in forest hide-outs, and a metaphorical rising up of nature against encroaching industry and technology. Structures are furnished with the cast-offs of consumer culture and are even on wheels, allowing for the easy deployment of this woodland force. Husky received her MFA in 2000 from the Beaux-Arts School in Bordeaux, France. She has had residencies at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco and at Pollen Monflanquin near Bordeaux; her work will be included in Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2011.

As for recycled materials and building on the East Coast front, boy oh boy do I have LOADS of stuff we can play with and incorporate into the building of a new tiny dwelling/guest house at our Relaxshacks.com “Tiny House-Building Workshop” Nov 2-4, in Stoughton, MA. Click HERE for DETAILS! Its filling fast!

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



Micro-SHED-alicious- These seven little backyard cabins just may be inspiration for you own TINY HOUSE!
August 23, 2012, 8:15 pm
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  Check out these seven backyard sheds and retreats! I feel each of them brings something very unique to the table in terms of the list of usuals: lines/style/roof-lines, overall placement/landscaping, decor, color choice, and its general pimposity! Ok, the last one is total and nonsensical bs…but regardless, check these out, and just on exteriors alone, if you don’t find a single element of inspiration, you’re not really looking hard enough- heck, it shouldn’t be hard at all. Even if you find elements of “I’d NEVER do that with my own tiny house, now that I see it in a photo!”- well, mission accomplished as well.

Remember, you never have to love it, just consider it….

Also, in other Relaxshacks.com news, our upcoming hands-on “Tiny House-Building Workshop” just ADDED a couple of new guest speakers/demonstators! Wait til you see who’s comin’! FUN! FUN! FUN! and damn educational too! Nov 2-4, three days, is when it all goes down, 10 miles outside Boston, MA….. Click Here for More Info. Kidcedar at gmail dot com if you have any questions.

A shed/kid’s clubhouse made by Joel Henriques of the aptly titled blog http://www.MadeByJoel.com

David Edrington’s Shed (with twin beds in the 2nd floor for guests)- Washington State.

 Meanwhile, I’m working on both a follow-up book to “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, on tiny houses, backyard retreats, cabins, and more, AND a book on kid’s forts- if you happen to have any unique, fun, wild, and hi-res, photos that you’d like to share, and perhaps contribute to the books, email me at kidcedar at gmail dot com.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen