by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
I just had a little fun shooting this one-take DIY-idea video on using free and salvaged goods for decorating and construction, from windows to wall hangings, and while some of the ideas might be ultra-bizarre, others might be practical enough for your needs, or better yet, might spark another new idea in YOU.
Below, for tinyhouseblog.com readers, I’ve also added a few more photos of examples that the video DOES NOT cover (and believe me, I have about 100 more, but the video is long enough already!).
Building on a budget is something I always make sure to cover in the workshops I host for Tumbleweed, and the ones I host/set-up on my own, in fact, our April 26th-28th build/3-day workshop with Steven Harrell in North Carolina, will not only incorporate A LOT of hands-on building, but a good deal of free-form design, salvage construction, and recycled material problem solving- ALWAYS fun! We do have a few slots left, but not many at all, and some INCREDIBLE guest speakers and demos planned! Check out the flyer below for a full listing of our AWESOME guest teachers- its more or less a “Tiny House Convention” at this point. Just crazy…
Aside from this new video….here are a few photo examples and their explanations. Some are taken from my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks“, while others are brand new shots which might end up in the next book. Continue Reading »
I featured Ella back a few months as she was in the process of building her tiny home. Ella just sent me an update and tells me the house is completed. Ella says: “My house in FINALLY done! It’s been a little over a year since I started and it’s so exciting to see a house instead of a bunch of scattered projects.”
Ella has moved just about everything into her tiny house and says it still feels airy and has surplus storage. She is surprised by that as she expected to have every nook and cranny filled to the brim with things she could not part with.
Ella is enjoying living in her tiny home and it feels very natural. She loves that everything is close at hand and it makes life easier by being this way.
She has two kittens that have joined her in her tiny house arrangement and they are adjusting too. Learning to climb the ladder and finding their special places. Continue Reading »
I haven’t shown off any of Derek Diedricksen’s videos lately and he just came out with a new Tiny Yellow House video. I thought that as a simple shelter this first one was great I agree with Deek that it could work as a homeless shelter as well. The one featured in this video would make a impressive fort for a kid or hideaway for anyone in the woods somewhere. Personally, I prefer the one he made for his brother that is a little larger (I have included that video also).
They are easy to make with either three 4 x 4 sheets of 3/4″ plywood for the small one or three full size 4 x 8 sheets if you want to make the larger one. Anyway, Deek demos how to make one and I think just about anyone could put one of these together.
It sure makes you think about what a person really needs for the most basic of shelter and just might be the inspiration of some cool project for yourself. Deek does a great job of decorating the little space. Thanks Deek for sharing!
I made my first videos of Bill Brooks tiny house recently and all I can say is I am very impressed with Deek’s ability to produce his fantastic videos. The flow, the humor, the professionalism just is fantastic.
Deek just shared with me his most recent release of the Tiny Yellow House series about making a pallet chair. Watch and enjoy. I laughed almost all the way through this one.
Keep them coming Deek! (relaxshax.com)
This is a lil’ offbeat- but heck, I’ll send it your way anyway, as its designed for small space living- and when unfolded, only takes up 8 square feet as well….later providing deck/work space, and shelving space when the kids (or adults) outgrow it…the idea is a small scale rendering, or sorts, of an adult-sized structure, outdoors, that I’d like to build off the side of a house, or freestanding wall in the woods, someday- just to try it out. Collapsable living quarters.
As promised/for laughs- whether or not you have use for it….and sorry to inundate you with videos, as I know I just sent you that fold-down, tiny space-using fort video (which is almost going semi-viral already- bizarre). Lump ‘em together if you have to/want to.
Deek just sent me a link to his latest Tiny Yellow House vidoe, so I decided to slip it into today’s video day.
We head to the green mountains of Vermont, where Deek and his brother have been working on a cabin in the woods for several years. Away from the noise and chaos of city life, this tiny home away from home offers a place where friends, family, and neighbors can kick back and enjoy nature, play music around a campfire, and enjoy the simple things in life.