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North Carolina Workshop Announced! SIGN UP DETAILS…
November 20, 2012, 10:50 pm
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HANDS-ON Tiny House Building Workshop with DIY Network Host, Author, Designer, Builder, and Blogger Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Want to learn how to build a tiny house/cabin? Better yet, want to build one?? 
 Here’s your chance, and we’re limiting this workshop to only 25 total, so as to keep it intimate. Sign up details are below….

Deek in his off-grid Vermont cabin, which he started building at Age 21.   
 Above: “The Light Box” a tiny/micro trailer house we all built at our last workshop….
 April 26th-28th- Tiny House-Building Workshop #4
I never planned on doing many of these, but the first three I did were so much fun and all of them sold out, so I figured, why not do one somewhere warmer?
So North Carolina it is!
Wilmington, NC, to be precise… 

 This workshop will be a team up with Steven Harrell of and – a THREE DAY, HANDS-ON, WORKSHOP where we’ll collectively build a tiny house! This will be another workshop that will be limited in size, so as to keep it intimate- 25 people or so is the maximum, so if interested, you might not want to wait too long on this. $399 for the three day event. Some food, snacks, coffee, materials, workbooks, and more, are all included.

  -Kent Griswold of (making the trek from CA)
-Alex Pino (FL)- To Discuss Downsizing Techniques (from
-Laura LaVoie– Tiny House Dweller and Builder 
-Steven Harrell– co/hosting, and the man behind and

-Guest speakers to soon be announced
-Campfire discussions at night
-Pizza Party/Cocktail meet n’ greet/networking hang-out
-Salvage Construction Demonstrations
-How to Save THOUSANDS While Building Your Own Tiny House
-What NOT to do when building and designing your own tiny home….
-Tricks Of The Trade and Techniques
-Tool Safety, Selection, and “Old School Tools” (Tools Deek still uses on off grid jobs)
-Designing and tips for space efficiency
-Alternative Building Techniques And Approaches

These are just some of the things we’ll be covering as we all collectively build and design a tiny house/guest house.

Below is one of the designs we may be tackling this time- its simple, and only about 100 square feet in size, but still incorporates a large array of the techniques you’ll want experience with, from framing, leveling, and joist laying, to cutting bird mouth notches, insulating, window and door installation, and more!

 Or….Another possibility….


Email me at, or paypal ($399 for the Three Day Event) to:
(we also accept half-pay installments) 
email deek- for info on check/mo’s

Deek’s Bio:
Derek “Deek” Diedricksen hosts the DIY Building program “Tiny Yellow House” on youtube, and the forthcoming program “Creative Spaces” for The DIY Network. Aside from being author of the bestselling how-to/design book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, his work has appeared in several other books, and the NY Times (twice), Boston Globe,, The Seattle Times, Treehugger,com,, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, The Miami Sun, NPR, CBS, PBS, ABC, The History Channel, Spaces TV, The Boston Herald,, TinyHouseBlog, Playboy Magazine Online, and beyond. Derek also teaches building workshops nationwide for The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and built his very first cabin at the age of 10- one with heat, insulation, a bunk bed, and electricity. 

“The Gypsy Junker” an example of Deek’s Salvaged/Free-Material Work….

Signing up: If it turns out you can’t make the workshop, and give us one month’s notice, we’ll refund you all your money- after that, you’ll instead be credited with admission to any other workshop we have (and we will have more) in the future.



4 Comments so far
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id like to see more interior shots of the lightbox when its finished … wasn't it suppose to have a sleeping loft for 2 ?

Comment by michaelwelsh61

Will do, and yes, the loft will be able to sleep two- snuggly, but possible…

Comment by Derek Diedricksen

i'd love to attend. i've been following this movement for years. even went & obtained an arcitectural technology degree. i live in nc. but who has an extra freakin $399 laying around? i'm saving $ to buy land. is there a way to attend just some of the workshop at a reduced cost?

Comment by elle

We might have some cheaper opportunities ahead, but few realize how insanely expensive these are to host, AND this workshop is still longer, and cheaper than most out there- AND its one of the few that is actually hands-on, and not just a 9-5 classroom day- its 40+ hours of contact time. Anyway, to set these up is crazy, cost wise, nevermind how much time and planning has to go into them ahead of time. Just the portapotti rentals set me back a few hundred dollars….add in workbooks, me having to fly (and two others to NC from New England to even teach this), and then all the nickel and dimed stuff you'd never think of, from snacks, to coffee, rain tarps, paper towels, utensils, soap, deliveries, 20 or so pizzas one night, and on and on….

Comment by Derek Diedricksen

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