Vermont Workshop

Vermont Workshop
Vermont Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TINY HOUSE SUMMER CAMP 2- August 15-16-17 (and maybe the 18th too!)

So we JUST completed our SOLD-OUT Memphis, TN Tiny House Building and Design Workshop (fully Hands-On), and the weekend was so much fun, and the response and reviews were so good, that we kept getting asked "When will the next workshop be??"

We even have a few attendees from the last workshop who want to attend again- surely a good sign that we're doing something right and that these workshops are a heck of a lot of fun.

SO… August 15th, 16th, and 17th- we're having another 3-day weekend hands-on workshop.

Hosted by Derek "Deek' Diedricksen, with Dustin "Dr. Demolition" Diedricksen- who have built, hosted, and designed for HGTV, The History Channel, The DIY Network, The WB, and Beyond.

WHERE: My camp up in Northern Vermont. Its a 10 acre spread, off-grid, and in a pretty darn gorgeous locale…. Right near Orleans, VT. Rated one of THE BEST night skies in the US, there are micro breweries nearby, a few colonial covered bridges, and so much more….

There are trails to hike right from our doorstep, a river to swim in, an off-grid solar log cabin we'll get to tour, cabins of mine you'll tour (and even have the option to stay in), a tree house on the premises, a big ole bonfire pit ready to be used for our nighttime discussions and speakers, a local mom n' pop sawmill we'll tour, and so much more.

The Main Cabin (mostly built with hand tools and recycled materials). You have an option of staying in this cabin, AND it has an added 12' by 20' "classroom" or hang out space, in case we get rain. 

We might even have an optional Day 4 program for those interested….



Here's one of the cabins on the lot- which sleeps two…. You'll get to see this off-grid seasonal cabin (built for under $400 with salvaged materials)- and perhaps even stay in it! (again, first come, first serve)

Also, here's a video that ran on Vermont NPR/VPR, and on Make Magazine, put together by Jon Kalish from our workshop in 2012- This will give you a feel for the property- which now has more cabins n' funky features!

Night two will be our "LIT BY LANTERNS" acoustic/folk fest- with a few artists both local, and from quite a ways away. TBA

Workbooks, materials, and a good many tools and supplies will be provided, as will space for camping on site (included). We'll have an included huge pizza party mixer night one as well. We're also thinking of doing an off-grid "horror movie in the woods" night- on a projector…

There are also nearby rental cabins (very reasonable), or you'll have to option to stay in one of our many mini-cabins for a small fee- if you choose.

We'll also have a solar cooking demo, and many VERY FUN recycled-material construction projects.

AGAIN, there will be much more announced soon, but for those who have been asking (we had to turn away 38 people at the last workshop), I figured I'd post this early registration.

The 3 day- 30+ hour course is $399- included camping spots are first come, first serve.
There is also a very affordable option to rent tree house, cabin, and log cabin spots….

Space is limited. This workshop WILL SELL OUT. EVERY PAST ONE HAS….

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Here's an OLD SCHOOL VIDEO TOUR of another one of the cabins (which is VERY different looking now, with an addition (where we host class if it rains), AND we might soon install several bunks for guests….

Sunday, April 20, 2014

DIY Beer Bottle Windows for your Cabin, Shed, TIny House, or Tree House???

I thought you might get a kick out of this latest little DIY video I shot- one on making "Beer Bottle Windows" for interior (or exterior) walls in a Cabin, Tiny House, Tree House, or Shed. It'd certainly make for an unusual conversation piece! 

Larger windows could be made with wine bottles, or the necks of bottles could also be cut off for easier installation (and less of a (bulky) frame). 

Hey, the process of "getting there" is fun, if anything, and the look is just as fun and unusual. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Live Music and Tiny Houses on Display??

Here's a little music video I shot at the " Tiny House Building and Design Workshop" that took place last weekend outside Memphis, TN.

We had quite the roster of creative, fun, talented, and hardworking attendees there- including one Michael Gerlach, aka King Courteen….  Check out this video, esp. the chorus of the song- very catchy!

We also are lining up our speakers, demo presenters, and musical guests for the NEXT HANDS-ON workshop- which will be…

August 15-16-17 (and MAYBE the 18th too) in Northern Vermont, at my camp. will have the details soon- we should have another kick-butt poster for the event from Kevin Fitzpatrick, and I can't wait to share more info on this!

Its a 10 acre spread with 5 cabins on the premises (that you can stay in), a nearby off-grid (solar) log cabin that we'll see (and you can also stay in), a river to swim in nearby, trails to hike right from our doorstep, a mom n' pop sawmill that we'll tour, a solar cooking demo, a horseshoe round-robin competition, bonfires each night, and more!

We'll work on a tiny cabin in the woods, a small tree house, AND a recycled material, ultra-funky stage in the pines, for our night #2 musical guests- many of them….

Like all SIX of our past workshops, this one will sell out fast, and space is limited!
kidcedar at if interested in locking a spot ahead of the pack…

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Deek's New $400 TREE HOUSE Office (plans in the works)- SUPER SIMPLE….

SIMPLICITY is the whole point of this one, much like my plan sets for "The Transforming A-frame", and "The Dart" (coming soon).

This video shows phase one of a very affordable project I'm currently working on. NO, its not a tiny house, although I'm sure we'll still get plenty of comments on fb saying "There's no bathroom, so its not a tiny house", even though I've gone so far as to state that clearly- lol.

This is just a simple, small cabin, or shed- something that could be used as a backyard office, play space,  guest sleeper, green house, mobile camper, OR….a simple tree house or tree house office….

The video pretty much explains it all….

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Build a FREE WINDOW green house with Trampoline Parts???

Thanks to our guest video-blogger Patrick Danforth who sent us this little video tour/clip to air….

Patrick built two green houses with a wealth of free, curbside, friend-gifted, second-hand, window sashes and sliders, and one of them relies heavily on a junked trampoline frame as its structure.

They're not gorgeous, but are funky, cool, thrifty, and smart in their own right…..

You can check out more of Patrick's videos too, at….

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Coolest Recycled-Lighting EVER???? Drum Set Ceiling Lights

Check this out, all you drum nerds…. something I stumbled upon on I can't find the initial source, as its been shared so many times, but whoever it is, I salute you! Such a cool, great-looking project!

Just another great example of thinking outside the box when designing and decorating your home, office, or retreat….

Monday, March 31, 2014

"The Bread Box" Modern Cabin- A mini hobby shack, art studio, or tree house??

Here's a VIDEO TOUR look at the completed "BREAD BOX" cabin- one I designed, but that our workshop class (back in November 2013 in MA) worked on. I later finished the cabin up, painted and stained it, and decked it out a bit, and here she is!

This little cabin (not dubbed a "tiny house", for the record), could be used as a hobby shack, backyard office, green house, shed, playhouse, or even tossed up on a platform in a tree to make a really cool, modern, tree house….

Either way, we might have plan sets to build this tiny cabin down the road, and here's a video walk through….

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A 24 square foot backyard, mobile office (with TREE HOUSE potential)

So it begins….

The title pretty much sums this one up….
Here's the very early beginning of my A.D.D. in full effect. In other words, while I should be finishing three other cabins for photo shoots for my next upcoming tiny house and cabin book, I'm building a fourth mini structure on the side. Hey, at least I'm having a hell of a lot of fun doing it though!

We'll have a plan set for this one down the road, and the idea is that its portable, incredibly easy to build, and VERY affordable!

It doesn't look like anything now, but what I have in mind will be very fun! And who knows, we just might toss this sucker in a tree atop a small platform. The future aerial offices of

Its only framed with two-by-threes as well- as a structure this small doesn't need anything more. The base? It will be a full sheet of high grade Poplar plywood…. polyurethaned to look really nice!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

FIVE Dream Cabins Made Out Of Recycled Junk

The Sierra Club's blog (one I love!) recently posted this great little article on their favorite tiny cabins or shacks (getaways, or even potential tiny houses), and I was thrilled to have one of my own designs and cabins picked as a favorite.

Check out this great little article here!

Also featured, and shown below, is "The Sunset Cabin"- one featured in my upcoming book on micro homes, shacks, cabins, and tree houses…. out in 2015.

-Derek "Deek' Diedricksen

Friday, March 28, 2014

This DIY TIny House/Cabin wall art OPENS BEER!?

Alright, so I got quite a few emails from my last post on "The Bread Box" tiny cabin that we built at a hands-on workshop last year. Most were asking about the large art piece on the back wall, so here's a close-up, and a little info on it….
       Its also for sale… kidcedar at 

Anyway… (and I'll have a short video soon)
-It opens beer, via the cast iron, blue-bears mouth
-Yes, the propeller spins….
-It has a recycled industrial hook on it (to potentially hang a hat, keys (if by a front door), headphones, etc)
-No, the dinosaur isn't real
-The top of the art piece has a lipped shelf (you can't really see the colored glass bottles on it that well in this photo)
-The bottom lip offers storage for small trinkets as well….
-The back base is ALL cedar, and smells pretty darn nice!
-The scraps are from numerous cabins and projects I've done over the years for magazines, Make TV, HGTV, and beyond…. in essence, its made from numerous pieces of most of the cabins I've built and designed!

If you missed some other weird (and for sale too) art of mine…. here's a semi-recent video….

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen