Vermont Workshop

Vermont Workshop
Vermont Workshop

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HUGE Tiny House Fair outside Austin, TX this October! Wow!

Check this one! A Huge Tiny House Fair in Texas, with tons of speakers n' demos! 
And the list of speakers is pretty killer too! Lloyd Kahn, Jay Shafer, Dan Louche, Lina Menard, Abel Zimmerman, and more! A veritable tiny house "who's who" festival! 
See you there! to sign up! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Video tour of "ROBOT FACED LIGHT UP TREE HOUSE" near Boston, MA

This one (recently posted on here) doubles as a kids playspace 9' up in two oak trees, but also has a removable desk, so that it can be used by adults as an office. I built and designed this, and will eventually have a plan set for both it, and a less whimsical version (no face, but very modern). Its no tiny house, but more a seasonal retreat, or escape for kids and adults, but it could make for a great little vacation cabin in a tree- especially on an affordable plot of land where the terrain is rather uneven.

Anyhow, here's a quick video of the "RF 800" lit up at night…..

This is the THIRD custom tree house I've built for clients so far this season- more to come….

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sneak peak of a LIGHT-UP ROBOT-FACE Tree House I built/designed near Boston, MA

Here's a quick photo of a tree house (for both kids, and as an office) that I built and designed outside of Boston, MA (my third custom tree house gig this summer alone!). Its a pretty whimsical one alright, as the whole front is covered in Tuftex polycarbonate roofing, and "lights up" at night…. (we'll have a video soon too). Its small, with a interior base of only 4' by 6.5', but feels taller because of its height (7'), and its clear abundance of natural light.

This one has a staircase in the back for access to a landing/deck, a single-rope swing hanging beneath it, and a removable work desk.

More photos will be posted soon!

I'm always up for custom tree house gigs too- kidcedar at, although I tend to only take on the ones where I get to be a little weird/funky with the designs…

We might have another hands-on tree house building workshop down the road too, so keep checking back here!

This one will be featured in my next tiny structures book coming out next year… the running title is "Micro Structures"….

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Super-Cheapo Solar Beach/Camping Shower (10+ minute hot shower with the Sun's Heat!)

I've made something similar before, and they work very well. Here's a hanging double-bucket shower that Steven Harrell of made…. and for very little money. Something like this might be a great supplemental addition to a tiny house, vacation cabin, or beach house/cottage.

Check it out!

Steven will also be making one of these in a demo, AND showing people how to make a small, affordable rocket stove at my "Tiny House Summer Camp 2" workshop coming up- August 15th-18th in Orleans, VT.

WE JUST HAD TWO SLOTS OPEN UP, so if interested, email me at kidcedar at

Here's more info on the workshop too…. which is LOADED with DEMOS, SPEAKERS, and FOUR group builds!!!! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A fully insulated 12' by 20' Tiny House for $19K? Video Tour….

Check this one out! This is ONE of about 6/7 tiny houses and cabins we got to tour (my brother, Dustin, and I) late last year at The Jamaica Cottage Shop in South Londonderry, VT. Cottage honcho Domenic Mangano gave us about an hour long tour of his facility, and we filmed the experience- which we'll post soon (the full, long, video). Meanwhile, here's a cool snippet of one of the tiny houses we got to check out- a fully assembled cabin, insulated, with great head room, and a 4' by 12' front porch. Its got GREAT potential for a tiny house with the simple addition of a composting toilet and shower, and some divisional wall work. For 19k, just about everything is already done for you.

As he puts it, "We deliver it, and you can sleep in it that very night".

Check them out at 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hide Your Tiny House In A Shed? Check out this "Micro Man Cave"

This is a video simply showing my mini backyard man cave, one hidden inside an ugly shed, but it made me think more on "Why not just build a clandestine, nice looking, tiny dwelling/tiny house, within a not-so-hot-looking shed"? Its been done many times, and while not all that legal in most areas, it MIGHT be something that would fly elsewhere- or perhaps you just don't care to follow the rules…. that's all up to you, not I….

Food for thought….

Also, we had two spots open up at our sold out Tiny House Summer Camp 2 Workshop August 15-18th in Orleans, VT…. if you might be interested, email me ASAP at kidcedar at….

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A tiny house/study pod for an NYU Professor….on wheels

     So here's something I recently finished…. a custom job for an NYU professor, who plans on parking this (its on wheels) near a pond on his cabin property in New Jersey, where he can read, and grade papers. Its not a house, but more a study pod (yet big enough to sleep two), and sits at about 4.5' by 7'- and 5.5' tall. The back is cobbled together with recycled scrap wood from my projects over the years (I save, then use, EVERYTHING). The front smoky/translucent wall is made from polycarbonate roofing called "Tuftex" (, and the floor is polyurethaned bead-board wood taken from a 100 year old home.

I'd love to make another similar-ish one at some point if anyone is ever interested in hiring me to make one too- kidcedar at This one, painted, stained, and with a big ole double-pane window on the side, not to mention the brand new Ondura recycled-material roofing, was $1600.00

Oh yeah, the whole front wall flips open!


Anyway, here's a few shots of it- and for our TREE HOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP (12 hour hands-on project/course) this sunday July 13th (STILL TWO SLOTS- kidcedar at, we're going to be building something in the vein/style of this- but up in a tree, or course! See the flyer below….

Here's The Tree House Workshop (Dover, NH) Flyer….

Friday, July 4, 2014

A funky, mid century modern lamp for $1.00 for my tiny house/studio!?

Yup, homemade, but has that throwback look…. $1.00 from a dollar store, with an Ikea lighting kit (which I already had from an old project (they cost $6.00 new)). Its a hokey hanging lamp, but has a fun look, and, well, the price is certainly right.

I might use this one for the dino-themed tree house that we'll collectively build at our HANDS-ON Tree House Building Workshop in Dover, NH next weekend- Sunday, July 13th. Still some room left.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Bizarre Salvaged Architecture- A WALL of doors from the past….

LOVE this- LOVE it! And its made entirely from cast-off doors! This is the work of Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek for an Amsterdam residential project
Eek (as reported by covered the foyer’s walls with salvaged doors to “preserve the memory of the buildings that were torn down” to make way for residential development. 
If you're into salvage construction- we DO have a few slots left in this SUPER-INTIMATE, one day, 12 hour, Tree House Building Workshop in New England- Dover NH- July 13th- 2013. We're going to build something pretty WILD- and yes, use quite a bit of salvaged materials! Email me at kidcedar at if interested….

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Monday, June 30, 2014

TREE HOUSE (hands-on) BUILDING WORKSHOP in Dover, NH- July 13th, 2014

I've built SO MANY funky and unique tree houses for clients that I felt it was about time to do a mini-workshop (all hands-on) on building and designing them- and I mean MINI. This workshop will be limited to a mere EIGHT people, and that's it! This will keep it very intimate and ensure that everyone gets a very large amount of actual building and construction contact- there's no quicker way to learn. We'll mix in a healthy dose of tiny house design as well- don't worry!

Its a 12 hour class- one day, in a great NH town. Our guest builder/designer is a guy named Phil LaPlante- from he's a salvage and backwoods building junkie!

If interested- paypal the registration fee to the account-

Any questions- email me at kidcedar at too….

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen