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Friday, January 3, 2014

TINY HOUSE BUILDING and DESIGN WORKSHOP- 3 Days, w/Camping, in MEMPHIS, TN

THIS WORKSHOP IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT NOW….
SORRY…. we'll announce another soonish… so keep checking back! Thanks! -Deek

APRIL 11th-13th (Fri-Sunday), 2014 will be our NEXT RELAXSHACKS.COM Hands-On Tiny House Building and Design Workshop. Each one we've done gets better and better, and we've had so many people re-sign up for workshops after having attended previous ones, that we're obviously doing something very right. So, Memphis, TN (25 min outside) is our next three day extravaganza, and I couldn't be more excited. I think this will be OUR BEST ONE YET! 
"Mendy's Shoe Box"- You'll be seeing one of Joe Everson's Shoebox models on site! 

WHY IS THIS ONE OUR BEST YET? Well, aside from it all taking place on the 7 acre spread of Joe Everson's Tennessee Tiny Homes building facility (which is pretty amazing!)….

HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON! 
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-We'll be building and designing TWO, if not THREE group-build cabins this time- Yes, you'll be swinging hammers, cutting boards, getting exhausted, and CREATING! We'll have more details on the projects soon. But we're taking on multiple projects to ensure that each attendee gets A LOT of focus time and experience by the end of the weekend.

-We'll TOUR FIVE TINY HOUSES- wheeled ones, ground-bound ones, a transforming A-frame I recently designed, a Martha's Vineyard-like cottage with a loft, and again, building two more.

Yes, you'll get a complete tour of THIS, full-time, lived-in, tiny house- one with a full kitchen, gorgeous bathroom, full couch, and sleep loft. Get ideas by SEEING and DOING! There's no better way….

-We'll have a Bonfire discussion and speakers at night, a BIG BONFIRE. Its a great, fun, and relaxed-atmosphere way to hear from our guest speakers, have a cold beverage or two, and get to know the people in your class. The networking of these events is more important that you realize, and you'll learn so much off one another as well.

-A meet n' greet pizza party, with ice-breaking build demos night #1- with an emphasis on budget construction and utilizing salvaged materials.

-Some GREAT guest speakers and teachers! See down below….

Also on the workshop site, you'll see this "Transforming A-Frame", one designed by Deek (with plan sets for it available in the not-too-distant future). 

-You'll learn how to frame a house, set foundation posts, build and attach a tiny home to a trailer, various approaches on ground-bound dwellings, how to build with recycled materials, what materials to select, various methods and tricks-of-the-trade in construction, where you're allowed to live tiny, and HOW, and so much more!

-You'll get to help build a mini rocket stove! And we just might cook up some grub on it.

Upon Recycled Material Construction: Here's an example of an art studio (("The Periscope") one with a sleeping loft above)) that Deek built out of 70% free and found materials. He'll tell you how and where to find materials, what to keep in mind, how to clean them, and what to pass up on.

-Pick the brains of many carpenters, designers, authors, bloggers, and beyond- many of which have built several tiny homes in the past.

-Take a group trip to Beale Street night two for some discussions, followed by fun- and GREAT live music in a city that's home to the blues!

You WILL tour the inside of this tiny house near Memphis, and by doing so, you'll grab many, many ideas on furniture placement, space-efficiency, decor, and more. SEEING the tiny houses and cabins of others, first hand, is such a great way to harvest new ideas, and to get an actual feel of what its like, layout-wise, in these small homes. 

-See a demo on Deek's MANY methods for saving LOTS of money when designing a home. If you later utilize one of his methods, the savings alone, will more than cover/justify the cost of the workshop- and that's just one small facet of this weekend!

-See a Mongolian Ger (Yurt) being set up right before your eyes- and possibly even get to stay in it! You'll have an option to stay in some tiny homes as well.

Yep, here's ANOTHER tiny house you'll get to check out

-Camp out with us and spend days AND nights talking and learning about tiny homes and small space
living.

-Learn the "DOs and DON'Ts" of tiny house building and design- the Don'ts and mistake stories are just as important!

ABOVE: THIS IS OUR NIGHTTIME CLASSROOM- This shot is from our last workshop in MA, but you get the idea. After a day of building and design, this is where we'll convene for discussions, guest speakers, slide shows, live demos, and perhaps a few cocktails if you want to b.y.o.b. These bonfires are a great opportunity to really get to know people and learn from one another!

-Get tips on small kitchen and bathroom designs, and how to overcome the challenge of limited space.

-Learn what to look for when selecting a building site- there's more to it than you think!

Shot from the Memphis, TN work locale we'll be at…. yes, its a lil' tiny house haven! 

-Build and learn the basics, tools, and safety, with another one of our ice-breaking projects- constructing pallet furniture- adirondack chairs, saw horses, tables, and more- which you'll be welcome to keep. Bring a favorite paint color if you'd like too…. We made some WILD chairs at our last workshop, which attendees then used around the fire, and later took home.

-HEAR from MANY other experts, and pick the brains of our guest speakers….their time is YOURS

-Get a private video tutorial from Deek, and one from Steven Harrell, on tiny house related building and subject matter.

Scene from our last workshop- a second side-project we worked on….a micro musician's studio/office

-Be part of a video shoot for the youtube show "Tiny Yellow House".

-Win a prize on our first night's "UGLY ROCK BAND SHIRT" contest…. bring a bad heavy metal wig for extra points! Runner up will get prizes as well- tiny house books, tools, a foot rub from Dustin (kidding)….

OUR SPEAKERS/TEACHERS (and more to come!)

DEREK "DEEK" DIEDRICKSEN- www.Relaxshacks.com- HGTV Host/Designer, Author of "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks", Blogger. Deek's cabins and designs have been cover-featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Seattle Times, The China Times, Yahoo.com's homepage, The UK Daily News, and in countless other magazines, papers, and blogs. He also has done design work for The History Channel, CBS, The DIY Network, The WB, Make Magazine, and ABC Television. Aside from his own book, his cabins have been featured in the books "Micro Green"- by Mimi Zeiger, "Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter" by Lloyd Kahn, and will be in the upcoming book "Water and Wheels".

JOE EVERSON- www.TennesseeTinyHomes.com and www.TinyHappyHomes.com, Joe's work has appeared in many blogs, newspapers, and on tv. He's EASILY one of the busier guys in the scene, having built an impressive amount of tiny houses, both on foundations, and on wheels. His work will be appearing in the upcoming book "Micro Structures", and on the show "Tiny Yellow House". If you're lucky, Joe just might bust out his Batman suit during construction!

STEVE HARRELL- Steven's the man behind www.TinyHouseListings.com, and www.TinyHouseSwoon.com, runs his blogs and youtube show from an off-grid tiny studio (one we built and designed at another workshop of ours!), and is in the process of developing a cabin home in the woods of North Carolina- off grid. Want to talk about finding land, or space, for a tiny home? He's your guy. He'll be talking solar at the workshop, with a demo, and helping you build a rocket stove, among other things.

DUSTIN "DR. DEMOLTION" DIEDRICKSEN- Dustin, a co-host, and co-carpenter, for ALL of Deek's past FIVE workshops (since 2010), is an Environmental Engineer/Toxicologist, a builder/designer of space efficient furniture, and lives in a small home with his family, one he renovated himself. His co-work with Deek has appeared in a variety of magazines, books, and tv shows. Want to know which salvage materials are safe to use, and which to avoid? He's the guy who has the answers.

KARI COOPER- Kari's about as spunky as the come, and was at our last workshop in Massachusetts, where she demonstrated how a traditional Mongolian Ger Round House (a Yurt) is designed and set-up. You'll get to see, and even help, her set one up, and possibly even stay in it. She's very knowledgeable on the subject, and dang enthusiastic.

WILL YOUNT- Will's Tiny House designs, from his company www.HummingbirdTinySpaces.com (based out of Nashville, TN), have graced many blogs, tour videos on youtube, and beyond. Another one of the harder working guys on the scene, Will's a wealth of knowledge when it comes to designing, and building homes on a budget. I hear he plays a mean guitar too….

AND YES, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE!!!

Here's a video overview from a 2012 workshop we did- a video piece that MAKE MAGAZINE shot for us, which also aired on Vermont Public Radio/NPR… It gives the general/idea, or vibe, or these workshops…. (thanks to Jon Kalish for the interviews!)


SIGNING UP
- Again, these sell out fast, and space is limited, so don't wait too long….
The THREE DAY COURSE- one with almost 35 contact hours, one dinner, and weekend-long snacks, drinks, coffee, and course materials, packets, and more is $399.
Oh, we just may have some door prizes too!


Joe Everson, and Steven Harrell, two of our hosts, in front of a mini-tailgating cabin, or weekend retreat cabin on wheels- one you'll also get to check out! 

CAMPING ON SITE is an option too…. details soon….
AS is staying IN one of Joe Everson's Tiny Houses…. Joe will provide info on this soon.
There are area hotels nearby too, and the build site is about 25 minutes from the Memphis airport. There are also several restaurants and stores a very short drive away.

Once we get people signed up and closer to the date, we can talk amongst the group to share rides to and from the airport too. It has always worked well in the past.

Workshop begins Friday at noon until 5-6 pm on Sunday. Friday and Saturday, the workshop, building, discussions, bonfire, and speakers will be all day and night…. This is not a 9-5 workshop, we often hang until midnight, talking shop, picking each others brains for ideas, answering questions, and just having great conversations around the fire.

Refunds- 
Within 3 months notice, you'll get a full refund
Withing 2 months of the date- 75% refund
Withing one month- You'll get a credit to ANY of the other workshops we host….
This is because many supplies, orders, reservations, rentals, and more- are based on our head count. Its also a time consumer to have to re-seek replacements for seats- time we'd rather spend on preparing for the event- which takes a MASSIVE amount of time and energy. So please plan accordingly, mark your calendars, and such, and you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Plus, its an event YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!

Any questions- email Deek…

'Hope to see some of you there!!!!

44 comments:

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  2. I would love to attend this workshop but I am a single mom homeschooling my teen aged son. I dont work full time so my money is tight. Would there be any way I could make payments on my credit card from now till the beginning of the workshop or possibly offer transportation to/from the airport.for a reduced fee. I could also house some people n my house during the workshop if needed. I am conveniently located between the airport and the workshop site. My dream would be to sell my large 2 story home and buy some land in the country and build 1 or 2 tiny houses on it. :) Thank you. You can e mail me at Lrich34237@hotmail.com if you wish.

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    1. Did we talk yet? Can't remember- if not, sorry for the delay- yes, we can work something out… kidcedar@gmail.com

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  3. Hey Deek,
    I'd really love to come to this one. Would it be acceptable to arrive Thurs. evening? and leave early Monday? I would be driving alone...I think. I am not sure I could come yet, but trying to get info before I do. Oh yeah, and I don't have any camp equipment anymore...so reserving a spot on a floor, or a tiny house of yours or Joe would be something I would consider. I suppose I could pick up a cheap tent for the occasion if camping is cool. Otherwise... I'm of little money, so I would be happy to volunteer? any sort of anything I could. (foot massage for ugly band shirt winner..??? seriously...) I do actually have a couple of my own hammers..How I aquired more than two I don't really know anymore...

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    1. Hey Sheri- yeah, you could prob arrive early, but we just might put you to work, although you might be there before me! Email me at kidcedar at gmail.com and we can figure more out...

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  4. Hi Deek, Any discount for a grandma and grandson team? This workshop is gonna rock! Joy

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    1. Hey yesdog- email me at kidcedar at gmail.com and we can talk/figure out some trade, or who knows….

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  5. How old do you have to do the workshop. I am 13 years old and I would love to do it. i want to build one in the next year or so.

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    1. email me kidcedar@gmail.com to let me know more/your situation….

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  6. Hello, Is the price for each or a couple? thanks!

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    1. hey, email me at kidcedar at gmail.com price is per head, but we might be able to work something...

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  7. Hi Deek! I am really excited to be going to this workshop. I am currently a full time grad student at Georgia State University and I am planning on taking Megabus to get from Atlanta to Memphis (you can't beat a $1 ticket each way); however, getting from the station to the build site will be difficult since i'm not old enough to rent a car. Would it be possible for me to come early on Thursday instead (my bus will arrive at noon) and then have someone meet me. I can pay for gas and I wouldn't mind being put to work! If not, is there a forum someplace where I could make friends and try to hitch a ride?

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    1. http://tinyhappyhomes.freeforums.org/index.php

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    2. Hey Jerry, I'm sending out a mass email to the attendees real soon, and once I do so, people usually are then able to network for rides and such….. its always worked out in past workshops, so we'll get you there somehow….

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    3. hey there, did you find a ride from memphis? i'm flying in from maryland and need to also get out to the site and don't have access to a car... would you like to try to figure out the transport together? thanks!!

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  8. I live in the area and my husband and I are just now beginning the process of considering this lifestyle of tiny homes. I'm completely intrigued by it! Is there any way we could pay to come and tour the tiny homes during the weekend? I don't think my husband is at the stage yet of attending the workshop, but we would love to see them in person.
    the4abbotts@yahoo.com

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  9. Hi there, my friend and I are wanting to sign up for the workshop. Is there a discount for a two person team? We went to a Tiny House conference in Dallas and it's possible we could build some of these in the future.

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    1. email me at kidcedar@gmail.com so we can talk/figure something out….

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  10. My husband and I both wanted to do class is there discount for couples?

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    1. yes, we can work something out I'm sure- email me at kidcedar@gmail.com….

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  11. Hi Deek, I'm super excited about this workshop and am hoping that it's not filled yet. However, I've never camped and being that, i have no camping equipment. Will we be sleeping outside? Will i need a tent or are there accommodations nearby for those who do not own camping equipment?

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    1. Hey cat- we have a yurt there that you could grab space in- its HUGE, and the owner is very cool with it…. so you'd be covered….literally- lol.

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  12. Is Memphis the closest place where I might could find a kennel? My dog likes to travel with me so I was thinking about putting her in a kennel near the workshop.

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    1. You might be able to bring the dog (save money) if its friendly- maybe keep it tied on a looooong rope somewhere right near us…. let me ask Joe…. he has 2-3 dogs there, and there's LOTS of land to roam on…..

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    2. Hey, no dogs there- sorry, I asked- so it'd have to be in a kennel….

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  13. I Loveee......the thought of living in a Tiny house !
    At least I think I would. However I have never been in one and I would really like to see and walk though one or more before committing to the time and cost of a class. I live about 5 1/2 hrs from this upcoming workshop in Memphis, TN. Is there any chance I and a friend could just pay a fee to come and tour the tiny hm's maybe at the end of the workshop? Or if there are any other tiny hm's that we could drive to? We live about an hr east of St. Louis Mo. I can be reached at Spiritdance55@yahoo.com
    If you could let us know that would be great, Thanks, Connie

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  14. PLEASE schedule another Memphis workshop! I just learned about it and was so excited until I found out that it was full! :-( I live just outside of Memphis.

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  15. Yes...please we would be attending it too. From Ga.

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    1. Hi, I'm from GA, too (near Augusta). What about you? I'd love to have someone from GA to discuss tiny houses with. :)

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  16. Hi
    I completely agree with you. I really like this article. It contains a lot of useful information. I can set up my new idea from this post. It gives in depth information ecofriendly construction

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  17. Hey there! I am coming in on the megabus from dallas and need a ride to the site to help setup-sometime in the morning. I get in early, so pretty much whoever is driving in to help set up on friday please pick me up! Angie
    reply and ill send you my email. Thanks.

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  18. Aw mayne...I just learned about this workshop and it's sold out. My wife and I are very interested. I have a brother in law that lives in remote East TN that will be building something within the year. I live in Memphis and my family has a window and door company. We have a bunch of old sample windows (approx 2'w x 3'h) and wood window sashes that I need to find tiny house projects for. Is there a better way to contact you or some of the Memphis folks hosting. Would love to see what people have created or plan on creating.

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    1. Hey, that's awesome! Are you planning to build your own tiny house/have you already started one, or are you just looking to help others?

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  19. I am driving in from the Dallas area. Anyone going who'd like to save on gas and ride with, let me know!!

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    1. Hi there! I need a ride from the bus station in memphis to the site on friday morning. I would definitely chip in for gas. I get in at 9am so anytime you get in is fine with me. my email address is amartinator@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  20. The workshop tiny house is looking perfect and awesome and nice images.
    i1properties

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  22. I'm looking for a ride from Memphis out to the workshop tomorrow if anyone has room. I'll chip in on gas. Thanks

    tate@hellotwig.com is my email

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  23. I'm looking and thinking for a different workshop for next day if my friends will be with me Thanks.
    Workshop Equipment

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  24. I am impressed with it because its really very beautiful and its pics also.....
    Workshop Equipment

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  25. I missed the one you just had because of work, So I wanted to go to this one in Aug. I had no idea it would sell out so early. PPLLEEAAZZE schedule another one this summer. Why not 2 back to back workshops? You will have all the speakers there already...obviously there is interest, so it should fill up quickly as well... just a suggestion. How can I get put on a cancellation list ?

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