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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Deek's BROCKTON, MA Hands-On Tiny House Building Workshop 2016!

OUR WORKSHOPS are FULLY HANDS-ON, TAUGHT BY A DUO WHO HAVE HOSTED AND DESIGNED FOR HGTV and THE DIY NETWORK, HAVE BEEN FEATURED IN THE NY TIMES, and are SO FUN and eclectic, that we have MANY people who have attended these workshops two, three, and even FOUR times!
FEBRUARY 5-6-7, 2016 BROCKTON, MA (25 min from Boston, MA)
Well, its pretty thrilling that a museum that I hold in high esteem, and one that is gorgeous, has asked us to host a Hands-On Tiny House Building Workshop! Naturally we said YES!

This time around, we have more space than we know what to do with- ALL indoors (don't worry, you won't freeze to death!), and we'll be tackling TWO, if not THREE, tiny cabin and shelter projects- all roping in the know-how you need to build a tiny house, shed, tree house, cabin, or funktified fort!

18+ only....

EVERY workshop we've done since 2010 has sold out, so don't delay. We're limiting this one to 40 or so students- this way everyone will really be able to take part, get their hands dirty, and ACTUALLY BUILD with our multiple projects.

Better yet, one of the cabins we build will also become an art display for their museum in an incredible secluded courtyard right within the building!" target="ej_ejc" class="ec_ejc_thkbx" onClick="javascript:return EJEJC_lc(this);"><img

AND.... while we're still working on announcing our guest speakers, live demos, and more (don't worry, it'll be awesome!), We DO have the line up for Day One- Friday.


Day 1 (Friday) is the evening kick-off.....

TOUR a tiny house courtesy of Domenic Mangano from THE JAMAICA COTTAGE SHOP

A film screening of "We The Tiny People"

A book signing with myself for "Microshelters" my brand new book, followed by a QnA

A cocktail hour meet and greet with some of our builders/hosts

LIVE music by Annabel Lee

LIVE painting by Annmarie Sherrick, Carolyn Corrente, and Ellen Rolli!!!! 

A Bamboo building/joinery demo with ancient tools by Palo Coleman

And a talk from Tiny House Builder/Dweller Vera Struck ( who built her tiny house at age 65! 

And that's JUST the evening of day one.....  We'll all head to a local pub for a QnA hang afterwards too.....

    BUILDING and design! LOTS! More guest speakers, and more surprises!!!!

We'll post more soon, but people have already asked to sign up, so we figured we'd at least get the preliminary info up, and a sign up link.....

COST- The 3 day workshop taught by multiple hosts and carpenters is $399
            The ratio of builders to attendees will be approx. 1:7, which is GREAT!

Refunds- FULL refund up until 6 weeks before the event
               Afterwards (after the 6 weeks-prior point), with notice, you'll be given a rain check for a
               future workshop
               And "No shows, no notice"- no nuthin'.

ANY questions, ask away!

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tiny TREE HOUSE pods for the homeless?

Hey all!

'Been WAYYYYYY too busy building, designing, traveling, and teaching workshops this year, so the blog has been "unloved" for a bit, but I'm going to try to find sometime to post little updates on what I'm doing here and there.

So, for starters..... Tiny House Summer Camp 3 (sold out) is on the horizon, and we'll be working on FOUR different projects/structures.... one of them (the smallest) being a tree house pod of sorts (lightweight and VERY inexpensive) that also might have potential as use for a small homeless shelter/sleeper (half the initial intent).

When done, it'll be able to sleep two on its floor- sleeping bag style. You can't stand in it (working one one of those too), but there will be plenty of room to stretch out, and some built-in shelving. Of course, in the case of the homeless, it probably would NOT be position in a tree, but on legs on the ground.

What is show is the INSIDE wall, which will radiate its color through the parallel clear wall. The exterior will all be natural tongue and groove (and later, plywood could be used- cheaper!)

Basically, I'm seeing lots of pods for short-stays for the homeless that are devoid of character or style, and that are too drab in color, so I'm just messing around with this as a new, very mobile, idea- yes, it could easily be pushed on wheels.

Eventually we'll have a time lapse video of the whole project as we assemble one of these in Vermont.

AND..... we've quietly announced our NEXT workshop- BELOW. A sign up link and more details will be coming soon! This event is going to be HUGE!

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tiny beach house on Plum Island, MA

I couldn't help but take a few shots of this one a few weeks back when briefly visiting Plum Island, in MA. What a great little town (right near Newburyport- also amazing!).

I didn't get a chance to go inside, and its just filled with stored items now (a bit of a mess) so there are no interior shots, but the exterior alone might inspire some daydreaming!

As for "Tiny House Summer Camp 3" in Vermont- Sept 18-20- I think we have about 5 slots left, so don't slack if you're interested. We just added a few more guest speakers and builders too- three women from the field also! I'll post on that soon! Flyer is below, or click on the link in the banner at the top of the page before the date of the workshop.

Here's another one I shot aways back from Rockport, MA- yet another case where the SUV parked alongside the house is almost as big as the home itself. This one in Rockport is for rent too.... and right on "Bear Skin Neck"- a big jetty loaded with shops and funky art galleries.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A LUXURY tiny house on wheels!? And its fully off-grid capable....

Check out this little video tour I shot with Mike Bedsole of showcasing the high-end version of his work in the tiny house field. This 24' house has one of the nicer bathrooms I've ever seen, double lofts, a fully opening skylight with roof access, a great galley-style kitchen, and so much more. Mike does a great job showing and explaining EVERYTHING in this clip- enjoy!

Also, "Tiny House Summer Camp 3"- we have just a few slots left, and have added even more speakers and guests than you see on the flyer below, so if you're contemplating joining us for THREE days of HANDS-ON building, demos, designing, tiny house tours, and more, I wouldn't hesitate for long! If you see the banner on the top of this blog, it means that registration is still open.....

We just added three AWESOME women to our roster too! I'll post more on them soon!
Vera Struck- from
Jan Kenney- A tiny house dweller (in one of the VERY smallest houses on the scene!)
Goldi- all the way from CA- a kick-butt builder/designer that we've had as part of our workshops before.

As for more photos of the work from Tiny House Chattanooga.....

"Tansu"-style storage steps make way for a heck of a lot of extra storage! 

And TINY HOUSE SUMMER CAMP 3! new book is out real soon (or now!)

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tiny House- LARGER LOFT- check out this tiny house design approach!

Check out this little video we shot in Connecticut with the folks from

Luise and Shawn showed us their tiny house as part of our hands-on Putnam, CT Tiny House Building Workshop. Their home has a gambrel (barn-style) roof so as to maximize the loft space- and it certainly works as you'll see in this clip.

Also unique to this tiny house- TRIPLE pane windows. As we shot this they were just trying out their Kimberly Stove as well.

Enjoy! Also, our Sept 18-20th VERMONT Hands-ON Tiny House Building Workshop is filling fast. Camping, BUILDING and designing, guest speakers, demos, LIVE MUSIC, tiny house tours, and more! For more info head HERE

Gonna be fun!!! Three days, night and day, in Orleans, VT on a TEN ACRE Tiny House spread!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Tiny House Art Cabin Build- IN A TIME LAPSE!

Here's a little video we shot for fun at a recent hands-on workshop we had in Putnam, CT at a gallery called "The Empty Spaces Project". This was part of a hands-on workshop- one of many we've done.

Our Next one is July 25th-26th right outside of Boston, MA- just a few slots left.... flyer is below. AND.... we have "Tiny House Summer Camp 3" in September up in Vermont as well!

Meanwhile, check out the video!

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Monday, June 29, 2015

Boston, MA "Tiny House Workshop"- Hands-on building w/Deek/Dustin....

ACTUALLY BUILD, HEAR FROM TINY HOUSE PROS, SEE LIVE DEMOS, TOUR A TINY HOUSE, and MORE!!! -All while helping out the town center with design, art, and funky builds! 
Hosted by Derek and Dustin Diedricksen, who have hosted/built/designed for their HGTV/DIY Network show "Tiny House Builders", as well as for other tv shows! 

JULY 25th-26th- RIGHT OUTSIDE BOSTON, MA (Stoughton, MA)

Above: Roofing at our Vermont Workshop 2014.... one of FOUR builds that weekend....

You CAN sign up for just one day- email us at if that's the case... but we recommend both days if you can make it....

We've hosted over a DOZEN workshops since 2012, so "this isn't our first rodeo".... these workshops are designed to be FUN, and for all skill levels, and with LOTS of creativity and problem-solving wrapped into them. 

So this workshop is a little different than our other ones (like the "Tiny House Summer Camp 3" event in September) in that its smaller, more intimate, and has a slightly more eclectic focus.

We'll only accept FIFTEEN students- which is VERY GOOD NEWS for you- it means you get a ton of individual attention, time to ask questions, and more time to DO n' build!

If you're not one for larger workshops in hotel conference rooms, this hands-on workshop is quite the opposite in that it will be held in Deek's personal art studio in downtown Stoughton, MA (10 miles outside Boston).

One of our spaces for the weekend- with a back courtyard as well.... 

We already have a few signed up before posting this sign-up page, so if you're considering attending, don't wait too long. This workshop is also the lowest priced one we offer. Its two full days, at $225, (or one day for $140) which is a heck of a lot more reasonable than most workshops, and ANY workshop with hands-on projects.

Above: From out recent mini-workshop in Fargo, ND


Derek "Deek" Diedricksen- Deek has designed/built and hosted for HGTV, The DIY Network, and beyond, and is the author of two tiny house-related books- "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks", AND the upcoming book "Microshelters".

Palo Coleman- Bamboo joinery, scroll saw techniques, and more. Palo has spoken at many tiny ouse workshops around the US since 2011.

Above: Palo in "demo mode" at a recent CT workshop....

Chris Haynes- (who you might know from his viral tiny house tour/video on youtube). Chris has built TWO tiny houses- and legally lives in a tiny house right now. Pick his brain!

Dustin "Dr. Demolition" Diedricksen- Environmental Toxicologist who will talk about building with repurposed/salvaged materials, and his experiences with a full family in a small house....
Dustin was also part of our tv show team for HGTV's "Tiny House Builders".


TOUR A TINY HOUSE TOO! You'll see another one as well....

A modified Tumbleweed XS- one of the smallest fully functional tiny houses out there! 

AND this one.... which we built at a previous hands-on workshop! 

So don't miss out! RARELY are workshops this small and intimate!

'Hope to see you there! 


Refund Policy: PLEASE make sure your calendar is clear before signing up. As this workshop is so near, we will not offer refunds, but will VERY fairly offer you a rain check for a future small workshop if you give us notice ahead of time that you won't be making it. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Vintage Tumbleweed XS Tiny House- Tour it!

60 square foot tiny house slowly gets a make-over. This house has a tiny loft, bathroom (wet bath (shower and toilet), and a wood stove (removed in this photo).

     As I slowly begin renovating and changing up a tiny, tiny, tiny house (an altered Tumbleweed model called the "XS"- Extra Small) that I recently acquired (so that it can be toured by attendees of my July 25th-26th- Hands-on Tiny House Building/Design/Maker workshop in Stoughton, MA), I'll be posting photos here and there. This house was built by a friend of mine, Chris Haynes. We might have an open-open house down the road too- stay tuned!

(To sign up for the workshop- CLICK HERE- info is half way down the post you'll be sent to)  We also have a Vermont workshop- camping, LOTS of building and design, LIVE MUSIC, Guest speakers by bon fire, live demos, tiny house tours, a sawmill trip, and more! Click on the banner at the top of this site/page if interested.

Two neighborhood kids get a tour of the XS as it arrives....

XS Update #1 was to simply add some cushions and color to the room. Previously, the house, upon-arrival had a bare plywood couch/bed, and this left the room feeling unfinished, and not as inviting- so.... toss in a few vibrant cushions, and a bird pillow or two, and a little knick-knack here and there, and it does seems to make a decent difference.

Also, the solar light you see (they work GREAT!) is called a "Luci"- I've bought a few of these now, and they're fantastic. We use 'em camping all the time and the give off a lot of light. I got mine on Amazon. About $14 or so- WELL WORTH IT! They're from a company called "MPOWERD".

Here's a link to check 'em out....

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weird Punk Rock Art TIME LAPSE video from DEEK ("Siamese Robot")

Not tiny house-related, but this blog does cover art, DIY projects, and repurposing, and this painting wraps all three of those things together. Many of the paints I use in this one were throw-aways from the HGTV hosting/building/designing I did for the show "Tiny House Builders". The amount of stuff that they were going to toss was insane, so me and the crew jumped at the chance to recycled as much of it as we could (but of course!).

Suffice to say, we made out like bandits!

Anyway, check out the video, and this 4' long piece IS for sale- asking $400.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tiny House Art Gallery- Weird Tiny House Art AND more from Deek....

So, those videos you see on youtube on my channel, well, A LOT of the art in the builds I create are pieces I do myself. In fact, the art studio where I do them (a revamped store front in my downtown center that I was sick of seeing empty) will be the site for a future workshop on Tiny House Building, Maker Skills, and MORE- July 25th-26th. We'll have an official sign up soon, with a link to register, but meanwhile, if interested, email us at It'll be limited to 15 attendees. MORE DETAILS HERE! 

Don't snooze on this one! Live building, a tiny house tour, guest speakers, live demos, and more!


Anyway, here's a tiny house piece (BELOW) on canvas I recently did- an abstract "tiny house village" or "Tiny house community". This one is for sale- $120.

Below I also have some other tiny house-like pieces I've done- and yes, I DO custom pieces if you're ever looking.

 Above: SOLD
ABOVE: This one, on wood, is still for sale- 3' long approx. $300

Be sure to check out my NEW book through lots of funky art and weird shelters, tiny houses, small homes, cabins, forts, and tree houses!

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen