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Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of, 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:

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.

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A Call for Tiny House Portraits, for “TINY”, A Documentary Film about Living Small

Guest Post by Merete

Do you live in a tiny house? Send us your portrait to be included in a documentary about the tiny house movement!

For the past year and a half, my partner Christopher and I have been working on a documentary film about tiny houses called, “TINY: A Story About Living Small.” [] At first, we set out to document our own process of building a tiny house from scratch, with no building experience, in the mountains of Colorado, but we soon realized that we could use this story to tell a larger story about the nation-wide trend to downsize.

As we wrap up the editing process and get ready to release the film, we want to be sure that we can include as many other tiny housers as possible. We’ve interviewed a few key characters (people like Tammy & Logan of RowdyKittens in Portland, and Deek Diedricksen of RelaxShacks in Massachusetts), but we know that the tiny house movement is a widespread phenomenon. We want our viewers to understand that there’s a huge demographic of people out there who find it more satisfying to live smaller and more simply.

If you live in a tiny house (we don’t have a strict definition for a “tiny house,” but are focusing mainly on homes that are less than 400 square feet), we would love to include you in our film.

Portrait Examples

To be included, please send us a photo portrait of you and your family with your tiny house.

Here are the specifics of what we’re looking for.

What the image should show: A clear view of your tiny house (front, side view, or interior—whichever angle you think is most interesting) and all of the people who live in the house, pets included!

Image size: In order for the image to show up clearly on the big screen, it needs to be a horizontal/landscape image, at least 1920 pixels wide. If you would like to send us a print photo, please make sure that it is at least 4×6 and we’ll scan it. (If you scan a photo yourself, please make sure that the setting is at 600dpi and that the file is saved as “Best” quality or as large as possible.) Feel free to email us at if you have questions or need help with the technical stuff.

Other info to include: Please also send us your names, the name of the town and state where the house is currently located, the number of people who live in your house, and the square footage of the house. If your house has a nickname, please include that too. And it’s not required, but if you’d like to tell us a bit about yourselves, how long you’ve been living small, and why you decided to downsize, we’d love to hear your stories!

How to send it to us: Please email images to us at (If the file is too large to email, we recommend sending it through this free website: You can also mail images to us at: 1320 Yellow Pine Ave, Boulder CO 80304

Deek’s Latest How-To Videos

Derek Diedrickson (of RelaxShacks) or as he is better known, Deek has been very busy lately and has just completed two new videos. These are a couple of great How-To videos based off of his book Humble Homes and Simple Shacks.

In the first video Deek walks you through building a window from a cheap plastic plate bought at your local dollar store. In his second video he shows you how to recycle old windows that you can pick up free or for little cost.

Below the videos I have put a few still pictures of the building he built using recycled windows. You can go to RelaxShacks to see some construction photos. Enjoy and if you don’t have Deek’s book you can purchase it on Amazon. Thanks Deek!

Deek and the Horror Hut

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