Deek’s Lollipop Fort of Death

by Kent Griswold on April 30th, 2013. 32 Comments

I just enjoyed a fun weekend with Deek and his brother at his tiny house workshop in Wilmington, North Carolina. I will be sharing a post about the experience soon. Deek and Make Magazine just released his latest video and I wanted to share it with you.

This is what Make Magazine says about his video: This is Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s last video for us. And it’s…a little different. He pokes fun at his rather sketchy looking single-pole tree house, which he jokingly has dubbed “The Lollipop Fort Of Death.” It looks less than safe, but he insists it is. The song he wrote about it sure is catchy.

Be sure and stop by RelaxShacks.com to see more of Deek’s cool designs.

screen shot of Deek

A 40 Square Foot Tiny House, An Old Workshop, and a New One in North Carolina!

by Kent Griswold on November 20th, 2012. 10 Comments

An update, before I drop some info on a NEW hands-on building workshop collaboration in North Carolina (below)…

We recently just completed our Relaxshacks.com Tiny House-Building Workshop two weekends ago, and it was absolutely incredible(!) to get to hang with a group of twenty-plus people for so long a time. It’s amazing how well you get to know and bond with people when a workshop becomes a camp-out, not to mention an all-out, tiny-house-obsessed, event. We had attendees from New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, and beyond- and luckily the weather was GREAT (we got hit with a big storm two days later!)

tiny house on wheels

 

Aside from many guest speakers including Sage Radachowsky (Gypsy Wagon Dweller), Doug Immel (Fencl Builder), Dustin “Dr. Demolition” Diedricksen (Small Home Dweller and Environmental Engineer), Tristan Chambers and Libby Reinish (who brought out their Whittled Down Caravan), and Mariah Coz (n’ Matt!) (who lugged out their ultra-cool Comet Camper), we all collaborated on building a tiny travel trailer/tiny house. Continue Reading »

Relaxshacks.com “Tiny House Summer Camp”

by Kent Griswold on July 19th, 2012. 7 Comments

by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Well, since I’m somewhat caught up on rest from five days in the backwoods of Vermont, and with four of those days being our Relaxshacks.comTiny House Summer Camp,” I thought I’d share some photos with you…..NPR, Vermont Public Radio, and Make Magazine were also represented out at the site, so you’ll also be seeing more photos from them down the road, and some video….

Orzo, my dog, guarding the site, as we wrap up the days work

Orzo, my dog, guarding the site, as we wrap up the days work

(Day 3) on what will eventually be called “The Rockhill” cabin. Bill Rockhill and his son Billy busted butt on this project, and well, it also is on a hill, and next to a ten ton rock, “Rock Hill.” The name has as nice ring to it too….ALL of the windows we fitted for this were FREE: found, scavenged, and/or donated.

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Christmas Tree Shaped Micro Hut/Tiny House

by Kent Griswold on December 25th, 2011. 8 Comments

A little off subject (since we are looking at decorating tiny houses not designing them) however, I thought it fit in with the holidays. Derek (Deek) Diedricksen of Relaxshacks.com did a quick rough sketch that literally took him six minutes to do (the holiday rush has left Deek with little sketch time). Titled a Christmas Tree shaped tiny house, cabin, fort, hut, or shack. It’s an idea Deek will elaborate on later with a better sketch, perhaps for a future book or something.

Great little sketch Deek and thanks for sharing it with us!