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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

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 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-

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 64 Square Foot Tiny Cabin/Guest House/Art Shed- ILLUMINATED
December 7, 2012, 12:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

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
Filed under: Uncategorized
“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

#1 on the Tiny/Small House Christmas Wishlist! lol….
December 5, 2012, 11:04 am
Filed under: space saving gadgets, tiny houses/cabins
Talk about space saving gadgets and multi-tasking in one!

Some of you who have been up to my Vermont Cabin/Camp for get-togethers, or my last VT, hands-on tiny house building workshop, might have had a chance to see this over at my neighbor’s (“Uncle Bob”) log cabin. Its a phone, radio, and toilet paper dispenser all in one- and it works too!

Never seen one before, but I’m sure there are more out there! 

I’ve taken some BIZARRE photos of tiny houses, camps, tree houses, space saving gadgets, and more, over the last two years, and some of it will end up in another tiny house/small shelter book I’ve been working on- again, if you have photos of wild stuff you’ve seen, or better yet, built, and want to be showcased in the book- send me your photos-

Here’s my old Vermont Cabin tour video too- I have another MORE UPDATED ONE- with NEW CABINS, on the way as well!

-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