Relaxshax's Blog

October 31, 2012, 6:54 am
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  Happy Halloween all! I hope you have a safe (and dry) one! Here’s a few tiny pumpkin shacks/houses to get you in the mood- its actually amazing how many people go this route when carving theirs….. Enjoy!

Again, I’ll be looking for weird, fun, unusual, and self-built forts, shacks, tiny houses, tree houses, and playhouses for a new upcoming book- send photos of your builds (or the work of others that you’ve captured) to kidcedar at gmail dot com.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Why I like clear roofing in my tiny shacks/shelters/houses…
October 30, 2012, 2:15 pm
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Well, aside from the natural light, the affordability, its light weight, ease of installation, the look (I love it, some don’t), and the flexibility….this photo pretty much sums it up: THE VIEW, and the filtration of colored light you receive in the fall (my favorite season) is one of the main things I love. The brand I use, since many ask, is “TUFTEX”- the rest that I’ve used, is crap by comparison. Of course, this stuff does have its downside too, its plastic (environmentally), and r-value wise its lousy- although GREAT for solar gain in the winter!

The cabin above is “THE GYPSY JUNKER”, one of the micro cabins thats on the premises for our “Tiny House Building Workshop” in MA this weekend. Its also featured in my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” AND in the video below, which gives you a full tour!

A 64 Square foot guest cabin/shelter/tiny house
October 29, 2012, 1:57 pm
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 Here’s a photo of the progress on my 64 square foot guest cabin/shack/house in my yard. I’ve been working on it, and many other things, in preparation for this weekend’s “ Tiny-House Building (Hands-On) Workshop”. THREE days of building, speakers, tiny house tours, demos, campfire discussions, and MORE!

Still alot of work to go on this little house, but its a start! Right now, a certain lil’ Hurricane is keeping me from getting any more done.

Above: The ANTI-CLASSROOM classroom…..where we’ll be hanging. This is the podium for most of our speakers and discussions….

And….lumber n’ windows galore, outside, and inside the shed- which we’ll be using to build a tiny house on wheels….together!

A floating sauna-shelter in Norway (as a tiny house/cabin concept?)
October 28, 2012, 6:47 pm
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T-MINUS 5 days until our “ Tiny-House Building (Hands-On) Workshop” in Stoughton, MA- I can’t wait, and have been prepping like mad! The weather is supposed to clear by the weekend too! No complaints here!

This project was featured in the pretty-darn-wild book “XS FUTURE: New Ideas, Small Structures” by Phyllis Richardson- I’ve linked it below so you can check out more on it…


Photographically I just love this, and the overall idea is just fun/unique as well- its a floating sauna cube, where two holes serve as the access to this tiny space, and the means, or exit, to cool off. Yes, there is another entrance too, one you don’t have to swim through….
    This simple. yet artsy n’ slick sweat shelter, was designed by Marco Casagrande, a man with a last name not befitting such a small structure….

I not only like it as a sauna, but because of its potential to be a great tree house- one that would allow in lots of natural light!

You can barely see it in the photo above, but the wood stove IS strapped down to the structure by means of steel cables- this way, if a wave, of wake, were to upset and jostle the structure, the wood stove wouldn’t tip over. Very smart.

CHECK out Phyllis Richardson’s book (and MINE!) below 🙂

 -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

A tiny sheep wagon/gypsy vardo interior…
October 27, 2012, 7:58 pm
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I’ve been firing on all cylinders getting ready for next weekend’s “ Tiny House Building (Hands-On) Workshop” here in MA, from pre-painting certain materials, to purchasing trailer-loads of lumber for our collective tiny-guest-house-on-wheels build, to just cleaning up and getting the micro-cabins on my lot up to speed (which usually means improving them, and getting carried away). Anyway, because of that, I’ve had a little less time for the blog- my apologies, and part of it is because I’m still recovering from three incredible days in NYC for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop I hosted out there. While in NYC, I also shot two very cool little architecture/tiny dwelling videos too- which I’ve also been working on.

Anyway, in times like these, I love to just kick back (when I find a chance) and give my brain a rest and take a look through some of the photos I have saved on my computer, such as this one- today’s EYE CANDY SHOT……a sheep wagon interior. Its so fun, yet orderly, and still cozy looking overall.

MORE coming soon…..

Super-Awesome, Minimal-Impact Tree House/Tiny House
October 26, 2012, 7:36 am
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THIS IS THE KINDA STUFF I’M LOOKING FOR! Love this- and I’m in search of more rustic, fun, less refined/stiff tiny houses, forts, tree houses, playhouses, and more (ones you built, or photographed yourself) for an upcoming, in-the-works, book on the very same subject. kidcedar at gmail dot com, if you’re down.

File Under: Zoinks! Check out this cool little tiny house/escape in the trees. This micro cabin in the woods, was built and designed by Peter Bahouth. The photos are actually from a network of tree huts Peter has. Peter was the former executive director for Greenpeace USA, and is the current director of The US Climate Action Network.
     This tree house uses a good deal of recycled materials, including 100-year-old windows taken from a Masonic Temple. The structures are also built so as to inflict minimal harm and damage to the trees that support them (always a great idea).

This treehouse was also recently featured in the book “My Cool Shed” by Jane Field-Lewis- definitely worth a look- some great photos within! I’ve linked it below.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

A Sci-Fi Tiny Container House/Surf Shack in Seattle
October 25, 2012, 8:46 am
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Here’s the latest video tour for my TINY YELLOW HOUSE video series on youtube. Be sure to subscribe to our channel at
     I produced and hosted the video, and Christopher Smith (Tiny: The Movie) shot and edited it. You can check out more on Hartman Kable, who is featured in the video at

Also, below, a recap post on two other NEW videos from this week too.

ALSO, my TINY HOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP is next weekend! I can’t wait!!!!