Filed under: pre-fabricated, shed, shedworking, small cabin, small housing, tiny house, tiny house building workshops, tiny house workshop
Steven Harrell of Tinyhouselistings.com, Kent Griswold of Tinyhouseblog.com, Alex Pino of Tinyhousetalk.com, Laura LaVoie of 120squarefeet.com, AND MORE- they’ll all be there as speakers!
I’ve never really messed around with Google Sketch-up before, just because I haven’t had the chance, so with a little block of time today I decided to mess around a bit, with some off-shoot ideas (and there will be many other to come) for a micro-cabin I’ll eventually be building, that I’ve named “The Darrington” (a combination of “Deek” and “Harrington” (a nod to Kevin Harrington of www.COZYHOMEPLANS.com, who has been so helpful with my videos, and blog.
The cabin is 8′ by 12′, and 10′ tall at its highest point, and what you see here is a mere rough draft.
Not shown is the work desk, toilet, ladder (or steps) to the loft, gutters (by the entrance), and support legs for the flip-up wall/canopy (IF we decide to incorporate it into the build at all).
Again, these sketch-ups are pretty darn rough, as, well, I’ve used the program for about a total of 2 hours and that’s it. I DO see how people can get addicted though, and heck, its a free program! No complaints here.
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
Filed under: cabins, cloffic, shedworking, small cabin, space efficiency, storage, tiny house, tiny office
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!
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
Filed under: recycled material building, shed office, shedworking, tiny house, tree fort, tree house
NOTE: For all you tree house fans out there, the next cabin/tiny house design we’re tackling, and actually building, is a design also double-intended for possible tree home use because of its light weight, paneled/pre-fabricated construction (we’ll do it all on site- from scratch), and ease of set-up. We’ll be working on this project as a group in WILMINGTON, NC, April 26th-28th, as part of another Relaxshacks.com Tiny House Building Workshop that I’m hosting. Steven Harrell of tinyhouselistings.com will also be co-hosting this event. Many guest speakers are also soon to be announced. CLICK HERE for details and to sign up….
Made almost entirely from recycled materials by Lynn Knowlton, and located outside of Toronto, this tree house/tiny house in a tree serves as a getaway, entertaining spot, and guest quarters, but it could also make for a very nice all-around tiny house/actual home as well. I especially love the attached slide, and the simple awning-style windows.
Again, for my upcoming follow-up book to “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, we’re looking for some owner-built (or photos of those you took) tree houses, forts, tiny houses, shacks, shed offices, and more- email them to kidcedar at gmail dot com, and you just might end up showcased (and credited, of course!) in the book.
Filed under: shed, shed office, shedworking, tree house. prefabricated. workshop
INFO ON OUR NEXT Relaxshacks.com TINY HOUSE BUILDING (HANDS-ON) WORKSHOP- HERE! APRIL 26-28th- WILMINGTON, NC- co-hosted by Steven Harrell of Tinyhouselistings.com
Love this one- tiny, modern, n’ simple. I might personally change out the doors with some other custom built ones for a cabin, or shed office use, but still, this thing is pretty “darn” clever. Hmmm….come to think of it, it’d make a really cool, and easy to install tree house office! Yes, I’ve been obsessed with that genre and built a few of ’em recently. I just like the slick, clean lines of their design.
www.Shedworking.co.uk, a great site run by Alex Johnson also posted on this just recently too. Apparently, this unit can be assembled in as little as twenty minutes! Check out the cool time lapse video from the Mod 105 company below. You can find more on them at, yup, www.mod105.co.uk
Again, I’m a big, big fan of small pre-fabricated dwellings, and if you missed Dustin’s old video on a tour of the 1970’s designed Bolt-Together House, a design by Jeff Milstein, check that one out below too!
BOOK REVIEW: “My Cool Shed” by Jane Field Lewis and Tina Hillier
Overall Grade: B+
First, I’ll note that I was/am a very big fan of Lewis’ first book “My Cool Caravan”– if you haven’t checked that out, and are into that scene, its a rather well done visual overview on some AMAZING micro/mobile dwellings….my father bought me a copy for a gift, and I later bought a copy as a gift for a friend.
Anyway, as for “My Cool Shed” this is the third (and thinnest- 159 pp) offering of the trio of books from this author, and while I DO love the photos, the layout, and most of the selections, I can’t help but feel that the book was a little rushed layout-wise, perhaps so as to hop on the still hot trail and success of the other releases (and I’m sure another is already in the works). My Cool Treehouse? My Cool Tent? My Cool Doghouse? Laugh it up, but just you wait…..(And I’d probably buy the former two).
Back on track, there are some GREAT photos in here, but also a few full page and 1.5 page ones that just seem to be a waste of space (a light bulb by a plywood wall needed more than a full page spread?). A decent chunk of the sheds and cabins featured have already been featured in many other similar books too- especially the classic author sheds of “George Bernard Shaw”, “Dylan Thomas”, and so on- however, if you don’t own 4023 tiny architecture books, as I do, and haven’t seen those sheds a few times already, this would be a GOOD thing- they are classics, and they are clever, attractive, n’ cool.
BUT….BUT…aside from a few critiques (and I hope you made it this far, as I have many good things to say as well!) this book is still leagues better than other genre offerings out there (although perhaps not as compared to Alex Johnson’s very recent “Shedworking”). “My cool shed” is also pretty darn eclectic, which I do love, and features a couple of builds/cabins which I have never-ever seen before- one killer tree house too! I do like the quality of the print, the paper, and the hardcover aspect of this too. Its a pretty classy book and a great tome that is chock full of photographic ideas for those in search of a future shed-escape.
All in all, its a very good eye-candy ride through the world of tiny cabins and sheds (all inspirational, and not instructional, which I’m more than fine with), and while not THE BEST book on the subject out there, if sheds are your thing, this one would still rank pretty high up there. I’m certainly not sorry I spent the money, its just tough to beat “My Cool Caravan” when Lewis set her own bar so high.
Here are some interior photos of some of this book’s content, and a link below, so you can decide for yourself.