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Space Saving "Technology" for your Tiny House- from Paris….
November 29, 2012, 8:18 pm
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 Get a load of this one- found by John Alison of our “Tiny Yellow House and” Tiny House group/discussion board on facebook (all are welcome to join HERE). Its bizarre that more radiator manufacturers wouldn’t work this into their designs, but then again, back in the day, there was less of a need for efficient products as heating fuels were so inexpensive- heck, many houses didn’t even bother insulating (mine, for example- built in 1935- not a piece of insulation in it when we bought it). Anyway, its a great idea, and a very clever space-saving approach.

As always, feel free to share your space-saving ideas, builds, or products with us!

And yes, we talk A LOT about space saving design in our workshops- our next HANDS-ON one being April 26th-28th in Wilmington, NC (all ages, all skill levels) with SEVERAL guest speakers, 3 days long, and we’ll all build a tiny guest house TOGETHER! for more info…..
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


Tiny House Challenge- Crossword Puzzle #1
November 28, 2012, 12:41 pm
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Sorry about the clarity, my scanner BUTCHERED this one- but there are more to come, the idea/fun is still there, and I’ll work out the kinks. HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE TINY HOUSE SCENE? 
I did this for the fun of it, while also including many people I’ve come to know as friends through this scene. If you’re not in this one, you’re probably in the next one or two….
CLICK to enlarge, and to PRINT (you might have to enlarge it in “print preview” depending on your computer)


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.


A prototype for a micro tree house office/art shed
November 19, 2012, 12:42 pm
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 Here’s a quick shot of another little something (without showing all of the rest of it just yet- not done!) that I’ve been working on- its another photo I forgot to add to my recent photo gallery post of all the stuff I’ve done over the last 3-4 years- nevermind all the other tiny house and shelter stuff I’ve build and designed over the last 20+ years…..

Locally, this is something I hope to build (a slightly more elaborate version) for people, writers, artists, nappers, and more, down the road- and affordably as well. These structures can easily adapt for tree use, ground use, and are so light weight, yet strong, that they could be built atop tiny travel trailers as well- even those mini harbor freight ones!

Yup, more stuff I’m building and designing, all leading up to another shelter, tiny house, fort, tree house, shack, playhouse, yurt book I’m working on. This will be the loose, very loose, follow-up to my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”– pretty wildly different in many ways though.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Photo Gallery of Tiny Houses, Shelters, and Forts I’ve Built….
November 15, 2012, 10:46 am
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Just an updated sampling of things I’ve built over the last 3-4 years, that might be showcased, along with MANY works from others, in an upcoming book I’ve been working on.
     Thanks to those who have submitted photos of Tiny Houses, Forts, Tree houses, Shacks, and Playhouses that they have seen, or built/designed! I’ve seen some amazing stuff so far and if you want to submit anything to be showcased in this future book- email me at kidcedar at gmail dot com

Again, this is only stuff that I’ve personally built and designed, which will be a part of the book, but it’ll contain so much more…. 

I’ve collected, taken, and sorted out HUNDREDS of other photos for this book so far too- It’s gonna be good!

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Micro Escapes- A Tiny House Office within a House??
November 14, 2012, 11:24 pm
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Here’s proof that you don’t always need loads of money to create your own little getaway…. 

    Above: This one’s meant for clubhouse, or kid, use, but when I saw the photo of this simple little structure, I thought “Now wouldn’t this make for a cool little room dividing office within a house?”.
    Add some shutters, a little door, and voila!- privacy, and semi-isolation, when you need it- for reading, studying, or whatever other use.

Some other ideas…

The Light Box- a 45 square foot Tiny House On Wheels
November 13, 2012, 11:52 am
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 I know many will be quick to jump and say “its too small!”, and “it won’t work”, but this little tiny house on wheels (collectively built at the Tiny House Building Workshop we had two weekends ago), will have a tiny bathroom, a sleep loft for two, and a mini Murphy bed down below- a little reading/nap nook as well. Its a mere 5.5′ by 8′, and its front wall illuminates at night, serving as a “light box” of sorts, highlighting the colored glass bottles that will sit on it shelves. These 2 by 6 shelves also serve as steps up to the loft. We’ll explain more soon!

Actually Kent Griswold will, as he’s hosting a slew of photos from the workshop this week over on TINY HOUSE BLOG, Steven Harrell of TINY HOUSE LISTINGS, will also post on the workshop (he attended, and even stayed in the “All Eights” Micro Cabin, as shown below.

Kent will also announce the NEXT Tiny House Building Workshop I’ll be hosting, and this one WILL NOT be in New England- we’re headed down south….keep checkin’ his blog (and Steven’s)!

As always- we’re looking for more tiny houses, tree houses, forts, playhouses, shacks, huts, houseboats, and travel trailers for an upcoming book I’ve been working on- send ’em to kidcedar at gmail dot com– you’ll get full credit, and might even get a little feature/write-up as well.