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Super cool ICE FISHING SHACK/Shanty/Cabin Video!
December 13, 2012, 2:22 pm
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Wow! Check out this one- its FOLDABLE!  Pretty darn clever….
AND this one!!!! 
Aside from Ice Fishing, these might be great for the homeless….
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

In Search of UGLINESS for my in-the-works TINY CABIN
December 12, 2012, 1:33 pm
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Found this the other day- a bright, lime-green elephant statue- about 10″ tall, and I just couldn’t pass it up. Why? Well, its so ugly n’ bizarre, that I find it interesting…. I believe “Fugly” could also be the term used (you figure it out…). Anyhow, this thing will be amongst the decorative mess of weirdness that I’ve slowly been arranging in my little cabin “The All Eights”- and just you wait to see some of the other things I’ve found curbside, at yard sales, and at occasional thrift shops.

Here’s the lo-fi D.I.Y. rustic lantern video I shot in this tiny house/shed a ways back too, for those who have zero I as to what I’m talking about! As you can see, this place is far from done, and you can even see some uncut trim in the thumbnail shot of this structure.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Inspiration for a Shipping Container Tiny House/Cabin
December 11, 2012, 10:32 am
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Upcoming- more guests will be announced for our Tiny House-Building Workshop in Wilmington, NC- April 26th-28th (2013)! THREE DAYS of Building a Tiny House Together! This will be limited to 25 attendees…..

As for these photos….I took these while out in Chicago when I was teaching another tiny house building workshop for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. The workshop was a ton of fun, great people all around, great feedback, and it also gave me a chance to wander around one of my favorite cities! I first visited Chicago in 1996 while touring the U.S. with a punk band, and I fell in love with that town instantly. The art, architecture, and food- its all amazing! This workshop was my 4th visit there, and I’d love to go back.
     Shown here, is a sculpture near the Navy Pier, that, to me, sets up a very simple and clever arrangement for the building of a tiny shipping container, or “conex box”, home. These homes are becoming more and more popular, and entire books have even been devoted to their existence. While these were mere 4′ by 8′ models made out of routed plywood, their arrangement provides for a connected second story, AND a shaded car port, or deck area, beneath. I like how they are stacked at an angle too- I feel it makes the set-up less boxy, and less predictable.

These might also make for a great screened-in tree house/fort in the woods! Imagine how great they would look while lit up at night! Like a giant ornamental candle!

All photos by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

A 64 Square Foot Tiny Cabin/Guest House/Art Shed- ILLUMINATED
December 7, 2012, 12:36 pm
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Recent Happenings:
     -Our 2013 HANDS-ON Tiny House-Building THREE DAY Workshop has been announced- it’ll be
in Wilmington, NC- April 26th-28th- Details HERE. 
     -Order my “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” book (signed copies with holiday FREEBIES)- HERE


Here’s another photo update on a tiny 8′ by 8′ by 8′ cabin that I’ve been messing with (“The All Eights”). I’ve been revamping it (and reassembled the whole thing) since its appearance on The History Channel earlier in the year, and am on a mission to make it a damn colorful, fun, bizarre, and funky little shed/cabin escape.

If I can get it fully operational, I’ve even toyed with the idea of listing it on as a place for people to stay/camp- while they get to see/tour my other cabins. WAIT TIL YOU SEE the interior decor- over the top! It’ll be part tiny cabin, part weird art gallery! 

Other things I plan on adding….
-A tiny little deck off the front
-An arbor for shade over that (although the spot is already shady in the summer when the leaves are in, so its more for appearance, and to give it more of a 3-D look)
-Another window in the back for natural light and ventilation.
-Perhaps a tiny, tiny, tiny bathroom- or the bathroom will be a small seperate unit.
-Much shelving- for books and art. Again, I almost want it to be a tiny, tiny, tiny, bizarre art museum that people can stay in.

We shot a video of the OLD, FIRST INCARNATION of this design back in Brooklyn, NY (2011)- and if you missed that video- here’s one version (MUCH has changed) of this lil’ guest house/cabin.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Christmas/Holiday Gift For Tiny House Fans (and freebies!)
December 5, 2012, 12:04 pm
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“Stop…Collaborate n’ Listen” says an over-caffeinated “Santa”
And a chance to win MORE books from LLOYD KAHN, GERALD ROWAN, and DEEK….

  With the Christmas, Hanukkah, n’ Kwanzaa (and lets not forget Festivus!) season approaching, there’s a large push/movement for people to “Buy Local”. Well, while it might not be specifically local to your town, but my book is MADE AND PRINTED IN THE USA. To all you non-US citizens, this might not make much of a difference, but in our import-heavy country, when I signed a publishing deal with Globe Pequot/The Lyons Press, I made sure it would be printed here- even as it meant a slight loss in royalties on my end. Also, this might still interest you non-US’ers anyway.
      I’ve yet to sell copies of this book myself, as I’ve just been too busy, but for the holiday season, I’m selling TWENTY copies of the book at its regular cover price, but signed, AND….you get a free tiny house sketch-print of mine– also signed….

AND….some tiny house stationary, while supplies last,

AND THREE of you (lets face it, only 20 people might actually order, so your chances are REAL GOOD!) will also be shipped surprise gifts! Its a one in seven chance….

One buyer will get a copy of Lloyd Kahn’s awesome book “Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter”

AND TWO others will get the early print versions of my long out-of-print/sold out mini-book/zine called “Quick Camps, and Leg Cramps”.

$16.95 plus $3.20 S+H ($20.15- well, make is $20) to: PAYPAL account/id ““- that simple.

ALSO, anyone who orders THREE of more copies will get a free, brand new, gift book- “Compact Cabins” by Gerald Rowan- a $20 value- and a chance at the other stuff too!

Orders must be in before December 13th so that I have time to mail them out. If you don’t need the book in a timely fashion, you’re still welcome to order.

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

The Jamaica Cottage Shop- TEN AWESOME tiny houses, sheds, n’ cabins!
December 4, 2012, 10:49 am
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BTW- Check out the details on our 2013 Tiny House Building Workshop in Wilmington, NC on April 26th-28th- with MANY guest speakers- soon to be announced! BUILD A TINY HOUSE TOGETHER over three days! CLICK HERE
Jamaica Cottage Shop’s Best Seller- “The Vermonter”

 There aren’t a heck of alot of tiny house, cabin, and playhouse builders in New England, as compared to elsewhere, but even beyond the region, I really think Domenic Mangano and his Jamaica Cottage Shop, in Jamaica, VT, do some of the better work I’ve seen. They’ve been at it for 15+ years now, and pretty much offer up anything you’d ever need, and have amassed quite the photo gallery of past work. I also think their prices are very reasonable too.
     Anyway, here’s a mere slice of some of the work they’ve done, and I have so many photos I’ve saved from them that I love, that I just may have to do a “Part 2” post at some point.


ALSO– I buried it with a new post so quickly, but if you missed our newest video on a 45 square foot tiny cabin/house on wheels that I’ve been building, that video is also below… is a link for my book (MADE AND PRINTED IN THE USA), as well, the holidays are more or less here. 


As for the book- and thanks in advance for the support! A new book IS in the works too- send any photos of tiny houses, cabins, forts, tree houses, playhouses, and so on, that you’ve seen or built, to if you might want to be included in the book- and credited, etc- of course!

BRAND NEW video- Tour of a 45 Square Foot Tiny Cabin/House….
December 3, 2012, 10:04 pm
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          Here’s a new video of a cabin/tiny house on wheels that is in the works in my backyard….

We built most of this at a hands-on tiny house building workshop I held in MA last month, and intended the cabin to be so small since, well, it has to reside on my lot, and I don’t have much space. The trailer that this little guest house sits on is small, but makes use of a loophole that exists a good many places where its more “RV” than a shed or guest house that would otherwise need a permit, or not be permitted at all. Also, in terms of moving it around my property, or perhaps selling it someday (to make way for new projects and videos), it being on wheels greatly helps. The rest is more or less explained in the video narration. 

Also, below are a few recent videos I’ve done, as I understand we have some sporadic readers, who often miss some of the updates…..

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen