Faircompanies Video Updates

I have fallen behind on my friend Kirsten Dirksen of faircompanies.com videos and wanted to share her last couple of videos with you. Recently Kirsten was in France at a wedding and filmed the first story of the garage conversion. The second video comes from the Tiny House Blog joint venture with Kirstin calling for video stories and Deek shared his recently with Kirsten.

Jérémie Buchholtz wanted an affordable apartment in Bordeaux (he’s a photographer who splits his time between Paris and Bordeaux so his budget was limited), but he wasn’t finding anything he liked. Then he stumbled upon a listing for a garage.

In order to make the space feel larger, De Marien created a “house within a house”: one large piece of furniture that includes the bathroom, bedroom, office, closet, a sofa bed and all of the home’s storage. With everything contained in this large furniture box, the rest of the home was given more breathing room. View the complete story here.

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s backyard is filled with what to the untrained eye might appear children’s forts, but these tiny dwellings are actually how he makes his living (mostly).

Ask him his job title and he’ll reply, “I call myself a tinkerer or I’ve come up with bizarre-chitect or lark-chitect being kind of a fake architect.”??Diedricksen’s obsession with tiny architecture began unsurprisingly, with the backyard forts of his youth. But he wasn’t your average construction-minded kid.

Today, his backyard is filled with tiny cabins, forts, retreats, shelters, shacks and no two are alike. Most of his dwellings are multi-purpose: there’s the 20-square-foot travel trailer/emergency homeless shelter (Gottagiddaway), the roughly 6 square foot treehouse/chicken coop (the Wedgie) and the 11-square-foot kiosk/single-sleeper (the Gypsy Junker).

View the complete story here.

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alice - October 19, 2011 Reply

Always a pleasure to catch up with Deek’s doings and that garage conversion is brilliant! Thanks for these videos! Brightened up my day immensely and gave some great inspiration for my “nouveau shackteau” design project.

Gigi - October 20, 2011 Reply

I love it! I enjoy watching these videos. A great source of inspiration to me and my husband for our future tiny house someday. What an amazing home.

missy - October 20, 2011 Reply

That Bordeaux garage conversion is incredible. I wonder about the roof though. The narrator says that they weren’t able to change it for historic reasons yet they managed to glass over the patio section. Did he just mean they couldn’t raise the roof to add another story?

Leah - October 20, 2011 Reply

Great post! The garage conversion is gorgeous and inspiring. The Deek’s tiny houselets are so delightfully light-hearted. Let’s not take ourselves too seriously, eh?

Orimark - October 22, 2011 Reply

Yeah, I enjoy this video! It’s really amazing, and I would love this type of video more and more.
Keep it up!

Kim - October 22, 2011 Reply

Fantastic! I loved both of those video! Deek’s whimsy and thinking outside that box made me smile, and De Marien’s design filled me will an “upper class longing”.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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