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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 Relaxshacks.com 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! www.Relaxshacks.com 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 TinyHouseListings.com and TinyHouseSwoon.com 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.

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Derek ‘Deek’ Diedricksen, author of the book Humble Homes, Simple Shacks shares the DIY nature of tiny houses on Yahoo this weekend. Deek gives a tour of several of his tiny house creations including a in-process treeless treehouse he’s nicknames the Lollipop Fort Of Death, or L.F.O.D for short. This video has over one million views already so I’m guessing there are a bunch more people wondering what the heck this tiny house thing is all about.

Just in case you’re one in that million take a quick read through our Tiny House Frequently Asked Questions and then pop on over to Tiny House Living and subscribe to the daily newsletter you’ll find there (you can unsubscribe anytime).

On a somewhat related note, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of my book, Tiny House Floor Plans. There are just a couple days left to enter.

Read more about Deek’s YouTube appearance at Relaxshacks.com

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Derek “Deek” Diedricksen has posted the 5th episode of Tiny Yellow House, his growing show on YouTube that features tiny living spaces. In this episode Deek shares the tiny cabin in Vermont he built with his brother, family, and friends. It was built with very little money and includes a lot of reclaimed and local building materials. You can read more about this cabin here on Tiny House Design.

Deek is also the author/illustrator of a book called, “Humble Homes Simple Shacks…” and you can follow his antics on his blog at relaxshax.wordpress.com.

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This video is packed with reviews of tiny & simple living books. What I like about Deek is that he’s a strait-shooter and pulls no punches – while remaining a jokster to the core. He also has an amazing taste in clothes (notice the hat).

If you don’t know Deek… he’s the tiny house guy (and comic relief) behind the every-growing YouTube channel Tiny Yellow House and author of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks…

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In this episode of Tiny Yellow House Derek “Deek” Diedricksen highlights the Gypsy Junker, a micro house made from reclaimed and recycled junk. It features a waste vegetable oil heater, wine bottle windows, sleeping space for 2 comfortably or 3 in a pinch. To learn more about this house and Derek’s book visit his blog, RelaxShax.

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Derek “Deek” Diedricksen just sent me a link to his brand new video that shows off his Hickshaw tiny house. It’s the first of what looks like many videos Deek plans to put together and I think you’ll agree it’s a really well done segment. Watch out HGTV, here comes Deek! To learn more about this house and his book visit his blog, RelaxShax.

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Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is working on another tiny house. This time a portable 24 square foot place he’s nicknamed the Gypsy Junker. This isn’t Deek’s first tiny house project, he’s built a cabin up in Vermont and is also writing a book called “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cabins, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The Heck Else We Could
Squeeze In Here)”. Here’s what he says about this Gypsy Junker.

Here’s my semi-completed “Gypsy Junker” on wheels. It’s 24 square feet with sleeping space for two (bunk-style) and made almost entirely from curbside wood and pallets, including recycled nails and screws when possible. Its dutch-style door is made from two kitchen cabinets with a homemade pin mechanism to attach and seperate the two halves and will later feature an outdoor, built-in, kitchen prep area. Inside the cabin will be a mega-tiny home-built woodstove, made from a recycled gas grill tank. Its been the brainstorming H.Q. while building it and sparked literally dozens of ideas for my book.

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