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A Micro Office Makeover- FLOOR STORAGE ("FLOORAGE") for your tiny house
December 15, 2012, 4:50 pm
Filed under: cabins, cloffic, shedworking, small cabin, space efficiency, storage, tiny house, tiny office
UNDER FLOOR STORAGE IN YOUR TINY HOME OR OFFICE:
Well, with 1000 projects going on, a 3 Day NC Tiny House-Building Workshop coming up (April 26th-28th), two kids, two bands, a hosting gig for the DIY Network, another book contract signed/in the works, and well, all the other things that come with life, my micro closet office, or “Cloffice”, had gotten a little messy as of lately…..SO I figured a lil’ makeover was in order. (Note: The rest of the room to the left is clean….)
BEFORE
AFTER
“No, you can’t have my vintage vhs copy of ‘Tremors’!”
In the photo above, the closet makeover is not 100% complete, but its getting there. The new space acts as a little reading/play nook for my kids, which they love- its very fort-like, and if I have to do any computer work while at home, they’re inches behind me, so that I can keep an eye on them.

HOW? TACTICS….

Basically, I utilized the under-stair shelving I had installed (on stairs I also had built a few years ago, the office too…) for storage of books, magazines, and future giveaway items for the blog, AND…..I built what I call “FLOORAGE”. Floorage is the building of a thin, boxed, floor section, ON TOP of an existing floor. Its almost like building a stage, but one that is hollow, and opens up for access and storage within. Mine was made of a few 2by6’s and some left over tongue and groove cedar I had. Slap an Ikea rug and a pillow or two on top of that, and Whammo!- a simple under-stair-office makeover!

TOTAL BUDGET- $45.00
Naturally, some of the items I parted with, or moved elsewhere, but believe it or not, most everything fit in here, AND there’s a little room to spare… The edge of the storage/floorage box also has a nice stained/trim edge now, which isn’t shown in this photo.

I talk about this a lil’ bit in my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, but will expand on more of these style ideas in the next book I’ve been working on….
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
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FIVE tiny houses/off-grid cabins in Vermont- VIDEO TOUR

Here’s another video I pieced together recently, showing FIVE cabins/tiny houses/guest huts (one of them a tree house) that I’ve designed and built up in Northern Vermont. Two of them were built as part of a hands-on workshop I had there over the summer. It was a blast, and I’m sure we’ll have another.

Speaking of which, our next tiny house building workshop, where we’ll all build a tiny guest house TOGETHER, will be April 26th-28th, 2013, in Wilmington, NC- a THREE DAY course, loaded with guest speakers, demos, and more! CLICK HERE FOR INFO.

ALSO, THERE ARE JUST A FEW DAYS LEFT to pick up a signed copy of my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, get some FREEBIES with it, AND have a ONE in TWENTY chance of winner some other AWESOME TINY HOUSE BOOKS as well! CLICK HERE for that.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


New micro-homes in the UK! The Future of Backyard Living??
September 23, 2012, 9:27 am
Filed under: cabins, in-law housing, modern mini, shed offices, tiny house, uk housing

Wow, check these out- more spacious than they would appear, and pretty slick, fun, and modern at the same time….

-From Shedworking.co.uk and the BBC….

As reported by the BBC Oxford businessman Robin Swailes is marketing £25,000 shedlike pods (3m x 2.5m) with electricity, kitchen, bed, toilet, shower, underfloor heating and running water as small homes for those struggling to get onto the property ladder in the city.

The plan is that the upturned boatlike structures would be erected – once planning permission is granted – in gardens around Oxford and then rented out.

Interviewed in the Oxford Mail, Swailes – who has already set one up in his own garden in the Sunnymead area of town – said:

“We want to put pods all over central North Oxford and could have 12 in place by Christmas. People have been ringing to ask what on earth it is, so there’s lots of interest already. If the demand is there, there could be hundreds across the city within the next year. We came up with the idea because we can’t meet the demand for rental accommodation in central North Oxford.” 

Oxford is one of the most expensive places to rent in the UK with an average rent of £891 a month – £185 more than the average for the rest of the country. Oxford has about 6,000 people on the council’s housing waiting list and 165 more in temporary accommodation. The average house price in the city is £343,461.