King Courteen LIVE at Tiny House Festival in Memphis

by Kent Griswold on April 15th, 2014. 6 Comments

This past weekend at Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s “Relaxshacks.com Tiny House Building and Design Workshop” in Memphis, TN (at the Joe Everson compound of www.TennesseeTinyHomes.com), we worked on FOUR builds: a tiny house, a tiny office cabin, a tree house (future airbnb.com listing), and another full out tiny home from tinyhappyhomes.com. It was the biggest, full-out, hands-on tiny house building workshop that’s ever taken place and a great experience for all.

Beyond that, at this sold out three day camp-out event (65 people in all, including guest speakers such as Steven Harrell, Will Yount, FW Willis, and so many more) we had a side trip to Beale Street, AND some live music on site.

Here is performance by Milwaukee’s King Courteen during one of our breaks from building. This 22 year old is an unbelievable talent, and we’d love to see an undiscovered, independent, very creative, artist do well, so please pass this video on…you never know…our scene could launch this kid.

And be sure to wait for the chorus, even if this style music isn’t your thing…

Also, Deek and Dustin’s next Tiny House and Tree House Workshop will most likely be in August- “Tiny House Summer Camp 2″, which will double one night as a mini, off-grid, folk fest- perhaps with a repeat appearance from King Courteen…

The “Lit by Lanterns Folk Fest” is the name we’re running with…

MORE SOON- keep checking www.Relaxshacks.com

workshop group

 

Summer of (family) Love: Tiny Home Roadtrip Documentory

by Kent Griswold on February 19th, 2014. 13 Comments

by Kirsten Dirksen

One of the most elusive goals in life is determining just what you need to live. As co-founders of a site on simple living (faircompanies.com), we’ve spent the past eight years examining the unencumbered lives of others, but this summer we had the opportunity to try out micro-living first-hand when we packed our family of five into a Westfalia campervan for a filming roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest.

Limiting ourselves to one backpack per person, the five of us moved into our 50-square-foot mobile home (a 1981 VW Westfalia “Westy,” purchased used off craigslist). We hit the road determined to cook all our own meals (propane stove and refrigerator included) and to create our home every night in a different location (RV parks not included, infant potty included).

family in the field

With no advanced reservations and only interviews to guide us, we visited the homes of regulars in the tiny house world. With each stop we picked up some new piece of wisdom about life’s essentials. Tiny house builder Dee Williams (Olympia, WA) asked us to consider: “What do you want to hold in your arms when you die?” Boeing engineer and Seattle micro-apartment designer Steve Sauer explained he’s less interested in simplicity and more focused on having control over the things in his life. Oregon Coast surfboard-maker Lanny Shuler thinks you can be happy anywhere as long as you give your mind time to heal through meditation.

Between interviews we found places to sleep on small side roads, downtown streets and even a Walmart parking lot (they’re well-known for being open to overnighters). We learned to live with our chosen basics: a frying pan, one pot, a wooden spoon, some utensils and a few plates, Swiss Army knife, castile soap (for dishes, body, hair), water bottles, sunscreen, a few changes of clothing and a smartphone (for navigation and communication).

hOMe Video Tour

by Kent Griswold on February 11th, 2014. 46 Comments

Last week Gabriella Morrison introduced you to their new hOMe. A tiny house on wheels. Gabriella sent me the note below and I wanted to give you this update.

Thank you so much for all of your interest and positive comments about hOMe! The response has been so amazing that we have created a walk through video tour by request. In it we show all the details and nooks/crannies that make up hOMe.

You can follow the Morrison’s blog at www.TinyHouseBuild.com

hOMe

Shoebox Apartment

by Kent Griswold on August 20th, 2013. 21 Comments

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of Relaxshacks.com, has not only been working towards organizing his 5th hands-on Tiny House Building Workshop (slated for late October in New England…more info soon!) but has been doing some hosting work for HGTV.

Here are a few episodes he hosted in NYC, showing off some truly wild and inventive tiny apartments….

If for some reason the videos do not show up in your browser go to this link and view all three episodes:

http://www.hgtvremodels.com/video/life-edited-apartment-video/index.html

Deek has also been working on another tiny house/micro-dwellings book….one that will feature many new designs of his AND a few full-out plans sets for tiny structures. This follow-up to his “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” book, will also feature many other builders from around the world.

Deek's cabin