Light Box Walls for Your Tiny House, and a North Carolina Workshop

The Light Box

“The Light Box”- a tiny house on wheels that was group-built at Deek’s hands-on building workshop in November.

The following is a guest post by: Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Hey all, I just wanted to share with you a few photos of a translucent wall I built in a three-season tiny cabin on wheels, that I’ve dubbed “The Light Box”, for obvious reason. By doubling a layer of this white Tuftex roofing, and leaving an air void in between, I could effectively create a somewhat insulated wall, but for my purposes, I don’t yet need that. Also keep in mind, small spaces are VERY EASY to heat, and this cabin, without the loft, is only 45 square feet in size- TINY!

Anyway, this is the front wall/window (very cost effective) of a tiny house we worked on at last months’s Tiny House Building Workshop in MA that I hosted (we have another HANDS-ON one coming up in North Carolina too, which I’ll mention below). The overall idea was to make this front wall almost art-like at night when illuminated, and the reverse during the day, when light came into the small space and lit the interior. The roofing is affixed to a 2by6 frame (the supports also serve as a ladder to the loft) with hex-head, neoprene-washer, screws, and they’re beyond easy to drive. I’ve never seen a “light box” wall like this before, but was inspired to try it out after I used this type white poly roofing on an A-frame shelter/tree house I recently built for an upcoming DIY Network show that I’m now hosting, designing-for, and building for. I’ve also been very busy sketching, designing, and building, for an upcoming follow-up to my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks“- if you have cabins, forts, tree houses, tiny houses, or playhouses that you built, or photographed, I’d love to see them and possibly include them in the book- email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Anyway, the wall has worked out, and I like it so much that I plan on using this same approach on a tree house I’ll be building for someone down the road. With a material this light, in tree house applications, you can actually pre-build entire wall sections of your project, and then single-handedly hoist them up to you platform. This saves a ton of time, not to mention avoids some dangerous aerial work.

As for the other workshop…..   April 26th-28th – Wilmington, North Carolina – Three Days of HANDS-ON building, guest speakers, a trip to a tiny house most likely, demos, campfire discussions, and much MORE! has all the sign-up details. We’ll also film some of this build for Make Magazine and my youtube show “Tiny Yellow House”.

Steven Harrell of and is also co-hosting this event….AND We just added tiny house dweller/builder Laura LaVoie as one of our guest speakers (MANY more to come!).

We’ll all be building a small 100 square foot guest cottage together, and trying some new, funky, unusual, and daring designs and approaches- I can’t wait! Click HERE for workshop sign-up info.

Tiny House Floor Plans Book Giveaway – Has Ended

I have five signed copies of my book to giveaway. Tiny House Floor Plans is quite literally a book of floor plan drawings that can help you visualize how a tiny space might be organized. You can buy a copy on and an ebook version right here. If you’re feeling lucky you can enter for a chance to win a signed copy (U.S. residents only). For international winners I’ll send you an electronic copy of Tiny House Floor Plans and one electronic copy of one of my house plans.

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How to Build a Tiny House Video Series & Construction Guide

Dan Louche at Tiny Home Builders has been busy building another tiny house and recording the process in an instructional video series. The videos are now available through his website and show how to build a tiny house step-by-step. Dan tells me:

“The library is currently has 22 videos and over 3 hours of footage. I expect this series will grow to about 40 videos in the next 6 weeks.

The price for access to the library ranges depending on the bundle that the customer selects but the base price is around $269 with discounts provided if purchased with plans.”

Dan also gave me a peek at the videos themselves, and I’m happy to report they are very well done. His explanations are clear, the video is crisp and clean, and the sound quality is high. Each video focuses on a specific topic so it’s easy to focus-in on the topics you choose to review or watch the entire process from beginning to end.

In many ways this instructional video series delivers a lot of the same kind of information you might get from a tiny house building workshop. So while there is no substitute for a hands-on experience I think Dan’s videos are a lot better at delivering the information than many classroom based workshops; especially since you can go back to the videos and review the topics you as you’re building your tiny house.

Dan also has offers a Tiny House Construction Guide and tiny house plans. Currently there are three designs available.

So if you’re planning to build a tiny house, or building one now, you should take a peek at what Dan offers… you may find the answers to your building questions in his construction guide and video series.

This is the kind of information the wider tiny house community has needed for years. I’m really grateful that Dan has taken the time to produce such a valuable resource.