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Saturday, February 2, 2019

The WRONG tools for the Tiny House Trade? Testing A Dollar Store Saw....

I couldn't help myself.
I mean $1.00 for a hand saw?
I expected it wouldn't cut much more than warm butter, and have difficulties at that, but I was pleasantly surprised.... or was I?

And don't worry, we're not going to make you use dollar store tools at our next hands-on Tiny House Building Workshop (April 5-6-7 in Riegelwood, NC). To sign up/for more info, hit the huge banner below the header of the site (any page).

Monday, January 21, 2019

SHED to TINY HOUSE? "Burning Down The Old One"- Part 1

So I've been rather busy- not only with my newest book (now out- "Micro Living"), but with building, travel, and assorted tiny house design (some new cabin plans coming out soon!). We also have a hands-on workshop (with camping included) in North Carolina coming up as well! (April 5-6-7th in Riegelwood)- Hit the large banner on this site (above) for info!

I've also been working on THIS- tearing down an old work shed (for a few reasons I explain) in order to build a newer one that will be:

-A woodworking space
-Secure (I had some tools stolen recently from the old space)
-An art studio
-A tiny classroom for occasional VERY SMALL workshop classes
-A guest sleep space for visiting friends here and there.

I'm also trying to build it all on a pretty meager budget.

We also talked about the pros/cons of transforming existing sheds into tiny houses here:

Monday, December 3, 2018

A Tiny House Van Conversion for under $5000?

Including solar, appliances, decor, and all, this Nashville-based duo (Daniel and Rachel Messick) converted their van into a tiny home on wheels for under $5000!

Its true- and here's the full tour!

Hope to see some of you at our newly announced Tiny House Summer Camp SOUTH in Riegelwood, NC too! If interested (April 6/7 2019 WITH camping spots included), hit the banner on the main page of this website (up above this post).


Monday, November 5, 2018

A $6000 MESS of a Tiny House in the Desert- WORTH IT?

In my travels filming tiny houses and cozy homes I often come across abandoned structures. There seems to be a particular abundance of them in the desert southwest where the weather conditions, and the heat seems to put once-hopeful dwellers and homesteaders to the test- often besting them.

Perhaps it was the case here.

In this clip, we show you a $6000 desert WRECK of a home. What are your feelings, would something like this be worth saving?

ALSO- my BRAND NEW tiny house book "Micro Living" is now out- check it out HERE:

Monday, October 29, 2018

Tiny House Living On A Budget- Ikea-hacking "ART Furniture"

     You've probably seen many of those ultra-affordable tiny tables that Ikea sells for around $8.00 or so, right? Maybe you've even seen them post-use kicking around on the side of the road come trash day. I sure know I have. Well, new or used, they're pretty bland as-is, and Ikea themselves even photographically recommends painting them to up their decor factor.

And that is exactly what I did with some leftover paint and a BIG chisel-tip sharpie marker. 

You can see the whole project here in a fast forward time lapse...

Oh yeah, my BRAND NEW tiny house book "MICRO LIVING" is now out too! See below...


Friday, October 12, 2018

Tiny Art on A Tiny Budget for Tiny Houses?

     Here's one just for fun. And lets face it, there are thousands and thousands of worthless baseball cards out there right now. The market on those collapsed decades ago and they're barely worth the paper they were printed on, so why not have fun with them?

     This reuse project might be a great, creative "time killer" for kids at home, as an activity for Cub Scout or Girl Scout meetings, or for elementary school art classes. I know that teachers and other instructors are always looking for cheap, entertaining ideas for kids, so here you go....

"Reusing/turning your worthless baseball cards into fun micro art"

Monday, August 13, 2018

DON'T convert a SHED into a TINY HOUSE!!! Here's why....

I apologize for the shoddy camera quality, but it is what it is (and this was a spur of the moment shoot).... and its merely a simple talk about something I feel pretty strongly about- the whole of issue of whether or not one should convert a shed into a tiny house, or not?

Sure, you might INITIALLY save quite a bit of money and time, but are there repercussions?

Yes, there are, and there will be.

For instance, the fairly standard 2by3 construction of "box store sheds" (to save time, money, and transport weight) isn't something that will convey, nor structurally hold up, if you were to affix (or "plop") an assembly line cheapo shed onto a trailer for your "quick and easy tiny house on wheels".

Its not going to pan out well...... (more below)

And what about the structural deficiencies of a build with 24" on-center stud work, versus one with residentially-standard 16 on-center framing? There is a BIG different in strength and rigidity.

In this video, I explain quite a bit more. If you head over to the real/direct video, be sure to leave your opinions, good or bad- this way we can all peruse what has been left, text-wise, and benefit from it. 

Thanks in advance for checking it out, and I hope it helps some of you out!

-Deek Diedricksen

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tiny Houses at this Permaculture "WWOOF" Organic Farm!

So I just stayed in this lil' place, located in Thorndike, Maine, and it was just awesome- so much character. And that's JUST the tiny house (which is far nicer on the inside that you'd expect)- never mind the gorgeous farm landscape.

If you're into Organic gardening, "WWOOF"ing, or just want to try out a tiny house for a night or two, I highly recommend this place. Its very reasonable too!

Hey, don't forget too, TINY HOUSE SUMMER CAMP SIX is coming up- Hands-On Tiny House Building with TEN instructors, camping, live demos, bon fire talks, and more! In Orleans, VT!
Flyer below- sign up banner is at the top of this page/blog.


Hope to see some of you there!

Friday, July 13, 2018

$9500- Tiny House/Cabin Camp WITH Land in NM for sale!

So I really haven't talked about this so much lately, as, well, I've been beyond busy, but I've decided to sell my plot of land near Deming NM -which I've owned for almost 20 years. The plot also has this  unique little camp shelter parked on it now....which is included with the land.

                      Above: The top of the front window/glass array flips open for ventilation.

Its no mega-ranch in acreage, at a half acre, but there are NO neighbors within sight so you might as well call it 1000 acres. It also has road access and you can drive right up to the plot (even without 4WD), and the views are pretty stunning- especially the stars at night. And if you're into mountain biking, there is endless land and dirt roads galore for you to explore.

The cabin looks directly at the "Florida Mountains" range- which has a prominence of almost 4000 feet. Downtown is also only about 25 minutes away (hotels, Walmart, tons of restaurants, a lumber yard, and more). Las Cruces and Silver City- two NM tourist destinations are EXACTLY one hour away. There are also plenty of very cool state parks nearby too (Rock Hound State Park being RIGHT in Deming, for one), and the "City of Rocks" state park (see the photo below of me bouldering there).

         Photo: (during construction)- showing the front-window's direct view of the mountains- uninterrupted. 

We recently built a prototype glamping cabin that is parked/stored on the land too (see the slew of photos) and that is yours as well should you pick up this lot. Its simple, but funky/fun and well built and has a drop-down bed within (bunks could be added easily instead).

In fact, there are two BRAND NEW sleeping bags already hung inside awaiting the next owner.

                            Actual panoramic photo of the cabin in its desert-prairie setting

The materials in the cabin were many thousands alone, never mind the labor, so all things said, for a little getaway plot (we've camped there- its pretty awesome/peaceful) its reasonable and ready to go.

Above: The original concept sketch. Designed by Deek Diedricksen, drawn by David Stiles. 

The cabin is on skids/runners too, so moving it could be an option should you want to change its orientation, or move it somewhere else completely. It would be easy to open up the back wall (via a doorway) to add on another room or legitimate bathroom to this camp. As of now we just used a composting camp toilet we'd bring with us.

                       Me, climbing at the "City Of Rocks" state park- (about 45 minutes away)

I designed this cabin, and it was built by none other than Sam and Lynsi Underwood of "The Small Dwelling Company" from Texas. DO CHECK THEM OUT- They're awesome! Here's the link: 

Their work is great, and we've showcased them on my youtube channel in the past (see below).
At night- the moon in the background...

If you might be interested, and have any questions- or PM me through my "Derek Diedricksen" facebook account. Just give me a little time to get back to you.

Taxes are VERY reasonable/almost nothing ($16 a year)- and they are all paid and current. 
Buyer is in charge of the closing costs/document prep fees (I'm not even sure what they are for NM, but they're a couple hundred at most, from what I've read). 

Title/plot is owned full and clear....

Here's the video of a past build from "THE SMALL DWELLING COMPANY" too...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

When a Tiny House Shower gets TOO TINY..... Small Living/Houseboat "Horrors"

Check this one out. I'm HALF-jesting about the whole thing, as at least this houseboat had a shower, but the question remains, COULD YOU MAKE DO WITH THIS? (and check out the info on "Tiny House Summer Camp 6" below too!)

By the way, this houseboat we rented (we'll have the full tiny house tour soon) was AMAZING, and we'd rent it again in a heartbeat! ZERO doubt. It was right on Lake Union in Seattle, situated among other houseboats as well (another one that will be featured in my upcoming book "Micro Living").

That book is also up for pre-order now on Amazon- check the link below.....

As for the shower, check the video....

And if you hit the main/actual channel, consider subscribing, so as to keep this channel running. Thanks! Here's that link:


OH YEAH- TINY HOUSE SUMMER CAMP 6!!! In Vermont- fully hands-on, with camping, guest speakers, live demos, and MORE! Check it HERE: