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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
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A marsh-side TREE HOUSE in Scituate, MA
December 8, 2012, 1:21 pm
Filed under: kids fort, playhouse, shelter, tiny house, tree fort, tree house
This particular treehouse is in Scituate, MA- what a spot!

As many of you know, my Relaxshacks.com blog is pretty eclectic and not just about Tiny Houses- not only does tinyhouseblog, tinyhousedesign, and tinyhousetalk (and many others) kick-butt at that in coverage, but, well, I’ve got tiny shelter, house, cabin, fort, and overall-structure A.D.D.- so I can’t help myself. One look at my “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” book, and you’ll get the idea- lol.
Anyway, I am ESPECIALLY fond of tree houses and tree forts too! So, I couldn’t resist sharing this one, as I continue to take, and search for photos for my upcoming book on the subject (tiny houses, cabins, tree houses, playhouses, and more!). If you have any photos, as always- kidcedar@gmail.com.


PS- after our April 26th-28th Hands-On Tiny House Building, Three Day Workshop, in Wilmington, NC– I just may schedule a tree house building one in MA- we’ll see….one step at a time.CLICK HERE FOR INFO on that workshop….



A-frame Treehouse/Tiny House/Shed Office Part 2
November 30, 2012, 3:10 pm
Filed under: a-frame, shedworking/shed office, tiny house, tree fort, tree house

This is NOT what we’ll be building in Wilmington, NC- April 26th-28th at our HANDS-ON Tiny House Building Workshop, but I WOULD like to build another one of these up on my Vermont Land, perhaps as a future tree house building workshop, where, in groups, we build a guest hut, OR TWO….. we’ll see….

Anyway, here’s another shot of something I’ve been working on….problem is, here in New England, when it gets cold as all “get out”, outdoor work tends to slow to a crawl, or a complete stop- paints and caulks don’t cure, fingers freeze, and windburn (not fun) is always inevitable.
    Again, this is a simple A-frame, but one that was intended as a small art office, and one that could easily be built in a tree, as a tree house, even a hut for guests, as its so light in weight. As for the rest of it, I can’t really show you for awhile, as its not quite done- what you see is only a third of the whole project.

Eventually, alongside the work of FIFTY or so other builders, and designers, this one will be showcased in yet another book I’ve been working on. kidcedar@gmail.com if you’d like to submit your work.

And, with the Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Festivus season around the corner…..check out my “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” book- MADE and PRINTED IN THE USA– I made sure of it when I signed the book deal- and the book cover proudly displays that fact. I’ll soon be selling signed copies, with a bonus gift to each who order one- more on that soon….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



Lynn Knowlton’s Recycled Material Tree House/Tiny House Getaway

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.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


NEW VIDEO (and MORE!)- A Vermont House with a Waterfall UNDER IT!?
HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL! And to those who don’t celebrate it, well, “Happy Day!”, or something to that effect…..

A FEW THINGS in this post…..
First, an outtake/page of a “Tiny Turkey House” that never made the cut for my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”- we just didn’t have the room….maybe next time (alongside dozens of others I haven’t used).

NEW WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED!

Also, we announced our TINY HOUSE-BUILDING WORKSHOP in WILMINGTON, NC– April 26th-28th- THREE DAYS OF HANDS-ON BUILDING, and MORE– if you want full details- click HERE

That said, here’s both a new mini-video (one shot a year or more back), AND an old one as well…..

A HOUSE WITH A WATERFALL UNDERNEATH IT! No, Its not Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” House…. I have long wanted to do something like this in Vermont (future workshop?) with a tree house build over a stream in the woods- I have the permission, materials, and desire, its TIME I gotta get a grasp on. Maybe in Fall 2013- we’ll see….

And an old one. I like to post old videos with each new one, as with an ever growing/changing readership, many people have missed the old videos from “wayyyy” back……

ABOVE: A tour of the “Seattle Tiny Homes” Tiny House On Wheels that I shot while I was in Seattle with The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company…..

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



A VERY Funky Chicken Coop as a Tiny House? (and a tiny house)
November 7, 2012, 4:54 pm
Filed under: chicken coop, tiny cabin, tiny house, tiny house on wheels, tree house

 Love the look of this one- the work of Matt Wolpe from justfinedesignbuild.com, based in San Diego. I built something semi-similar recently (for kids), called “The Lollipop Fort Of Death” (since it looks see “teeteringly” dangerous (its not)), but I like the lines and look of this one very much so. A look/design like this COULD be enlarged and made into a tiny backwoods cabin or small house/retreat/shelter- a galvanized steel girder, sunk deep into cement, or a massive n’ sturdy wooden pole would be needed though. Great work Matt! His tiny house, shown below, is also for sale!

More on Matt and his own tiny house at www.oaklandtinyhouse.blogspot.com

Inside Matt’s Tiny House….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen