Following is a guest post from Derek Diedricksen of Relaxshax blog.
Cathy (Kate) Johnson is one of the people who kindly emailed me some pictures of her own tiny house/shed/cabin/fort/shack creation- which I’ll include in my book through The Lyons Press- due out Fall 2011. We’re still accepting photo submissions, ideas, and general words of tiny house wisdom for this book which will be LOADED with tiny house designs! email@example.com
We recently posted a few shedworking/tiny house photos and sketches from artist/tiny house author Cathy (Kate) Johnson on this very blog, and now having emailed back and forth with her many times, here’s a little more of what has transpired, informationally- as well as a couple more of her really cool sketches and watercolors….
Deek: Is the little outcropping a bathroom/toilet? (next to the bench in the sketch shown below)
Cathy: Nope, just enclosed storage since there isn’t much inside—we’ll keep deck chairs, a folding table, maybe a small BBQ and charcoal, etc. in there—right now there’s still a fair amount of construction stuff, tools, stain and such. It’s in the yard next to our house, so I walk over here for the necessaries. Getting plumbing and permits for a bathroom would have also upped the cost a LOT—we managed to keep it around $5000, even paying our friend Mark to do most of the heavy work. He had recycled stuff and we had leftover plywood and boards from previous projects, so that helped too.
Deek: Permit wise, based on size, were you left alone? Or were you forced to jump through various, razor-wired hoops?
Cathy: Permit-wise, we thought the City wouldn’t have to be involved, since it’s under 120 square feet, but turns out any deck of ANY size has to have a permit. Then they made us get an electrical permit, and a licensed electrician, and dig an 18” trench, so that all upped the cost, but still I’m pretty pleased with the budget.
Deek: It looks like a great little cozy place to get creative with your artwork…
Cathy: It is! I’m very happy to have the brand new light in there, it makes doing art MUCH easier. I can use the laptop over there if I want, but I have no internet connection, it’s too distracting!
Deek: That’s right, no Ms. Pac Man for you! Now your out of print book “A Naturalist’s Cabin”- can we still find it anywhere?
Cathy: You’ll still find it online in a few places. I have a few copies, as well, mostly bought on Amazon for people who want them. (Check out her site- email her? http://artists-shed.blogspot.com/ ). I also have a new book on the way as well- this one’s on keeping an artists’ journal. I’ve done something like 10-12 books for North Light over the years…
She has! Definitely a hard working, VERY talented woman. Be sure to check out many of her works online….you’re sure to come away from the experience inspired! I actually now have a desire to mess with watercolors, something I’ve never done, after having seen some of her books on the subject…