Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on February 1st, 2013. 13 Comments

A tiny, abandoned farm cabin/shack in the snow…And some other snow shots for the heck of it – all up in Vermont where I’ve hosted workshops…these are pix I’ve been taking and collecting for the eventual follow-up to “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.” The new book will be quite a bit different though with some full-out n’ funky plans. Some from guest architects too (a few of which I really look up to – David Stiles, for one). -Deek (Derek) Diedricksen

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“Deek” Diedrickson on GardenFork Radio

by Christina Nellemann on February 6th, 2012. 3 Comments

Treehouses, homemade canoes and Labrador Retrievers. What more can you ask for in a radio show?

Eric Rochow of GardenFork recently spoke with Deek Diedrickson, microhome builder and author of the new “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” book in an episode of GardenFork Radio.

Deek and Eric (two men cut from the same cloth) discuss the merits of publishing your own book, using recycled and curbside found materials for tiny homes, how to build and anchor a treehouse and how Deek is able to make a living with his various building, music and drawing hobbies.

They also talk about Deek’s future plans which include teaching a few of the Tumbleweed Tiny House workshops, building a houseboat, a treehouse workshop and writing and publishing another book.

You can download the episode from iTunes or you can listen to it on the GardenFork website.

Photos courtesy of Relaxshacks.com.

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

“The Wolfe’s Den” Treehouse

by Kent Griswold on December 22nd, 2011. 8 Comments

Deek (Derek) Diedricksen just posted his latest Tiny Yellow House video and I thought you would enjoy viewing it.

This triangular treehouse was assembled in the Catskills over two weekends, and stands as one of the larger projects Deek’s tackled for the show. His only given parameters for the design: “It must receive a good deal of natural light, and have enough space to sleep two (floor space).”

I think Deek fulfilled these requirements. Don’t you?

Vegetable Oil Heater Video

by Kent Griswold on January 18th, 2011. 9 Comments

I usually post videos on Wednesday but since so many of you have been asking for this information I decided to swap the stories and you will get the video today instead. Derek “Deek” Diedricksen shares how he makes his cool little vegetable oil heater.

Sorry this video took so long to make and post- I explain why in the clip. So many people kept asking about this little heater that I HAD to finally man-up and get this out there. As you’ll see, this heater is simpler than you might have thought- and its the very first design you see in the most updated edition of my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks…”. Thanks for your patience- and you’ll need more of it, as this micro-episode is a little lengthy (I cover so much that should have split it into seperate videos!).

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen