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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Deek's Tiny House/Cabin LIVE BUILD in St. Louis- Photo Journal

THANK YOU St. Louis, and the folks at their 38th annual Home and Garden Show (the THIRD largest in the U.S.!). Dustin "Dr. Demolition" Diedricksen and I had a GREAT time down there, alongside Roy "Two Phones" St. Clair from (aka "The Tuftex Tiny House Roofing Guy" as many called him). While down there we built a cool little A-frame cabin LIVE, and behind the ropes, for a demo to those who attended this four day event. It was a ton of fun and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Good people, good food, good times....
(Note: we DO have a 3 day, FULLY HANDS-ON Tiny House Building Course coming up on CT- scroll down below for details!)

Man, I have quick hands!

St. Louis was a lot of fun, despite the weather.

Some highlights....

-Checking out "Aaron Kamm and The One Drops"- randomly. One of THE BEST, and tightest live bands I've seen in a long time (and I'm a jaded gent who used to work in the music industry). These guys were just FANTASTIC!

-Going to the top of the St. Louis Arch- WELL WORTH THE RIDE! Not all that expensive either. $10 for the ticket. The CN Tower was almost $50 when I went! Crazy.... (still worth it though)

-Crawfish Enchiladas at "The Broadway Oyster Bar"- a pretty misnamed joint, as its an ultra-funky cajun restaurant with a great live music room.

-Pulled pork sandwiches from "Vernons" near "The Hill"

Above: The micro backyard cabin/office we built- a simple a-frame plan that can be built for about $800 (less if using salvaged/recycled materials). It stood 11' 6' tall. It was later successfully auctioned off for charity when we finished. The roofing is Ondura, and the front is clear Tuftex brand polycarbonate. Special thanks to Eric Schwartz and crew at for the salvaged materials! 

Highlights (Continued).....

-Hanging with (several times) and picking the brain of Shannon Quimby- who has done a ton of work for HGTV, The DIY Network, and many fabulous magazines that I often read, such as Flea Market Style, Vintage Style, Small Space Design, Better Homes and Gardens, Storage Solutions, and so many more. We nabbed a little interview with her that will be up on youtube soon as well. You can check out her work at . A super nice person- funny too!

-Doing SEVERAL radio and TV interviews- one short one at the studios of Fox Channel 2 news in town....

The view near the front of our hotel (the St. Louis Arch- 630 feet tall!) 

I figured that this would make for a less cliche photo by the base of the St. Louis Arch....

And our upcoming workshop.... click to enlarge

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen