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FIVE really cool modern bookshelves for your small cabin or tiny house…
March 27, 2012, 3:31 pm
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A Book For Your Bookshelf ABOUT Bookshelves….New from Alex Johnson….

Just watch that head when you stand up! Yeowch!

     Even though I’ve been a fan of Alex Johnson’s Shedworking.co.uk site, a blog dedicated to small guest homes and work shed conversions, I had no idea that Alex additionally ran a site based on his fascination with unique bookshelves, and less of an idea that he was authoring a book on the very same subject! He’s certainly a busy guy and the result is a very fun, colorful, and slick, coffee table style book that is absolutely loaded with some insanely creative spins on good ole’ bookshelving. Bookshelves with desks built into them, one’s shaped like animals, elastic-band shelves, shelves you can lay inside, and ones that hang like garments in a closet- its all inside this really offbeat and niche-interest, but SO COOL- book. For all the tiny housers and small space dwellers out there, yes, there are certainly some interesting, and fitting ideas in this one- afterall, what are bookshelves but organizational storage? www.theblogonthebookshelf.blogspot.com

My favorite is the tread/stairs bookshelves below- I wonder how much weight they can bare, or if they could be strengthened so as to provide access up to a sleep loft in a cabin, while also serving as book nooks?

I’ll also soon have a review up for “My Cool Campervan”, as well as on a few other tiny housing/small living/mobile dwelling books that have recently come out….

Not so much a space saver, but its a TINY HOUSE-shaped bookshelf- I couldn’t resist!

 Derek “Deek” Diedricksen runs the blog Relaxshacks.com, Hosts “Tiny Yellow House” TV on youtube, and is author of the tiny house, fort, cabin, treehouse, and cottage design book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” which you can check out by clicking HERE.

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DECORATING (your tiny home/cabin) WITH LITTLE OR NO BUDGET…
March 26, 2012, 7:33 am
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 DECORATING WITH LITTLE OR NO BUDGET (w/RECYCLED and FREE MATERIALS)

This one’s so fun/funky that it could make for its own “printed wall hanging OF a wall”. LOTS of time must have gone into this, and I wonder if the boards were found “as is” or painted, and retouched individually. A time consuming, but easy, project I’d imagine- just watch out for old lead painted wood!
     I’d LOVE to deck out even just one wall of a tiny house, cabin, or even a treehouse with something like this. My brother Dustin has a pallet wall in his home from a ton of forklift pallets I dumped at his house for him, and it looks great- we’ll have to do a video at some point still…

 Derek “Deek” Diedricksen runs the blog Relaxshacks.com, Hosts “Tiny Yellow House” TV on youtube, teaches workshops for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and is author of the tiny house, fort, cabin, treehouse, and cottage design book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” which you can check out by clicking HERE.

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Swedish "Chameleon" Cabin In The Woods- A Tiny Hut That You Can Rent!
March 25, 2012, 6:51 pm
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Wow….check out this Swedish woodland cabin that you can rent nightly! Quite the chameleon- a rustic heap (which I love), on the outside, and swanky on the in. A working fireplace is sure to keep it warm, but I don’t see a single window(?)- still, I love how simple this little cabin/micro-rental is….Apparently, its one of a few cabins on this property….I’m digging for more info, or anyone who has it, please post it below…

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen runs the blog Relaxshacks.com, Hosts “Tiny Yellow House” TV on youtube, teaches workshops for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and is author of the tiny house, fort, cabin, treehouse, and cottage design book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” which you can check out by clicking HERE.

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Tiny House Space Saving Tips- USE THE SPACE BEHIND THAT DOOR!
March 24, 2012, 7:07 am
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Thje $40 shelving unit- without the electric blue trim (which I’ll get to at some point)

Made from extra plywood I had laying around, a few pine planks, and cheap batten strips this lil’ truck and toy display case I built (it took a grand total of about 90 minutes- $40 in materials) is one example of just how to utilize the wasted space behind the doors in one’s home- particularly helpful in small or tiny houses. The shelving here serves as both out of the way storage, and a low key display case of sorts. The shelving was measured to be just under the width of the door’s trim, so that the door can still fully swing open to this 10′ by 10′ shared bedroom. This is one of the space saving tips from my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”.

This was built for an upcoming mini video “Tiny House Thrift”- for Tumbleweedhouses.com and blog. I’ll also toss it up on www.youtube.com/relaxshacksdotcom

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How BIG of a tiny house geek are you? Win TWO small housing/cabin books….
March 23, 2012, 10:03 pm
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WANT TO WIN A COPY OF JAY SHAFER and DEEK’S TINY HOUSING BOOKS? FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH OF A TINY HOUSING SCENE GEEK YOUR ARE! Keep checking out Tumbleweedhouses.com– this will be running THERE this coming week….

Hey All,
     Well, about three weeks back I returned from Seattle’s Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop, where I was a guest speaker and part of the workshop’s QnA session, and aside from having a great time out there, shooting some upcoming tiny house tour videos for “Tiny Yellow House” on youtube (with Christopher Smith of Tiny: The Movie), and photo shooting for another book (an eventual sequel to my new edition of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”), I got to meet some equally obsessed folks in the field. What a gathering! Even the mere exchange of ideas with so many likeminded people on coffee breaks was incentive enough to attend this.
Many of these people I had communicated with online before, but had never had a chance to hang with, or have lengthy conversations with, and the experience was just inspiring, fun, and enlightening. Jay Shafer at one point said to me “Ya know, I don’t think there’s ever been a tiny house gathering of this many builders, teachers, and bloggers all in one place before.”. I think he might have been right, and I just wish I could have gotten a photo with ALL of them in it. I came somewhat close though…..

Can you name the people/builders/bloggers/designers in this photo? There’s one random guy in the mix I can’t even name (sorry, whoever you were- real nice guy though!).

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

I’ll also be hosting both the Miami and Boston Tumbleweed Workshops this year- check out the workshop page for details… http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/workshops/miami/    -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



TWENTY B-side Tiny House Shoot Photos- Teepees, VW Buses. Treehouses. and Much Randomness
March 21, 2012, 10:53 pm
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I’ve never considered myself a photo nut, but when I looked back through my computer files tonight, I found SO many pictures that I had taken behind the scenes at video shoots, tiny house scout sessions, and while building and documenting what I do, that I guess I am a little/lot addicted. Some of these pertain to tiny homes, and most don’t- its more (I hope) a visual “breather” in your day that you might enjoy, as each photo tells a story- each story being different to each viewer. From tiny house-related jaunts to Walden Woods, The Catskills, Brooklyn NY, Franconia Notch in NH, Seattle, Maine, Martha’s Vineyard, Vermont, Boston, and my own backyard, tonight’s photo search (for one shot not in this post), made me realize yet another way in which owning a smaller and more affordable home has benefited me; I have the free time to not only see these things, but to sit back, take it all in, and enjoy what I see.

 Its funny, us tiny house addicts (Kent Griswold, Tammy Strobel, Michael Janzen, Jay Shafer, etc) seem to LOVE photography.

One or two of these photos, such as the one directly above, are from my “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” book, but most were just deviations and distractions, things I wanted to capture just for the heck of it. Another one or two of these will probably be destined for another tiny house/small cabin book I’ve been pecking away at….

 Derek “Deek” Diedricksen runs the blog Relaxshacks.com, Hosts “Tiny Yellow House” TV on youtube, and is author of the tiny house, fort, cabin, treehouse, and cottage design book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” which you can check out by clicking HERE.   



The Hickshaw Cabin For Sale- $800- AND on display in MA right now…
March 20, 2012, 9:14 pm
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 NEW PHOTO ABOVE, and its been a looooong time since I posted this video (below), and when I did, it was on the old version of this blog around the beginning of 2010. So….this is the micro-mini prototype cabin (just to show some ideas by video, by example, and by recycled trash) I dubbed “The Hickshaw”– a rickshaw for hicks. It has since been built, both as-is in scale, and much larger, by a couple of people who have been kind enough to email me in the past. IT ALSO IS NOW FOR SALE…. ALL cedar too….$800.00. It, with some of my other cabins, tiny houses, shed work, and forts, has been in the NY Times, Seattle Times, Boston Glove, PBS, NPR, ABC, CBS, and so on…

RIGHT NOW, its on display at the Easton Library in Massachusetts, and it’ll be there until I do a book speaking session/signing for “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” THIS Thursday (tomorrow)6:30 pm- FREE to all. I’ll have the new books on hand/for sale, and might do a little slide show on some really cool tiny houses (many featured in my book) as well. (PS- I just confirmed two CT speaking dates for the summer too).

I also headed to Rockport, MA to check out a used wooden boat over the weekend, 20′ in length, that I was considering picking up for a micro houseboat/shantyboat project I’ve been wanting to begin. Sadly, the boat wasn’t right for what I want to do, so the search continues….

As small as this project is, it ISN’T, as the costs on any of these builds, even with a ton of recycled materials add up REAL quickly. This one would later require a boating license, an outboard motor, trailer, and so on…. YES, I will shoot a tour/how-to video of it down the road, if I ever make it that far. I’m also torn between starting this project, or one on a more sizeable house on wheels at some point- we’ll see….

SO….for that reason, THE HICKSHAW, to anyone who might ever be interested, is for sale- $800- all of which will go towards this micro-mini houseboat or the other project (and eventual videos). Heck, whoever buys it, if I ever get ‘er done, will be invited for a cruise or tour. kidcedar at gmail dot com.

As you can see in the photos, I’ve since made a few changes and improvements to this little cabin….I can deliver it as well, but for a slight fee/gas, etc…. two people is all it takes to move it, I’ve actually loaded it on my trailer alone several times.

It can be used as a micro garden office/shed, a kid’s fort, a chicken coop- all up to you….its served me well and been on display in many states, fairs, and even at Walden Woods/Pond for a month long run. 

 Derek “Deek” Diedricksen runs the blog Relaxshacks.com, Hosts “Tiny Yellow House” TV on youtube, and is author of the tiny house, fort, cabin, treehouse, and cottage design book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” which you can check out by clicking HERE.