Cabins/shelter from garbage/recycling and then some- new site/blog- and INDIE BOOK released

D.I.Y. Micro-Shelters: NEW indie book-forum/site- w/cabins from garbage/recycling and then some

I figured it was about time to get up off my arse and get an actual account here, as on a few other sites I constantly(!) read. I'll also post a few of the "constructed-from-roadside-trash" cabins I've built soon- here and on my own blog/site (if anyone's interested, if not, I'll resume beer drinking, and general relaxation). I'm also in the process of building a 16 square foot multi-purpose, mobile cabin-sleeper/sauna/greenhouse/ice-fishing shanty that I'll eventually post upon (its one of three cabins in the works in my Sanford N' Son-like backyard)- yeah, my wife is a trooper!

In the meantime, after WELL over a year of illustrating and writing, I've now finally completed (through tiny yellow house press) my own small houses/cabins book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts- And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here." Clockin' in, coffee-table-book size, at just over 100 pages filled with avalanches of sketches and redneck-thrift/yankee ingenuity projects and ideas, I'm now selling a small initial run of these hand assembled books (you can find all the details on the blog/post). Building your own windows, doors, solar showers, rainbarrels, bridges, furniture, and more from recycled crud, is all covered within.

Inspirationally, the books owes good parts of its existence to the work of Lester Walker, David and Jeanie Stiles, D.C. Beard, Dan Price, and Lloyd Kahn. All in all, I'm a small-house book junky, and after the well started drying up a little (I've bought and read all the decent ones I could find) I decided to write my own.

Anyway, thanks for looking, and I'll get some small house photos up soon! Happy belated new years to all!
-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

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CrLz6 years ago
Congrats on the book!
cfrans6 years ago
Deek I'm a huge fan of you and your work. Looking into a permanent-tiny house to live in myself any suggestions fir permanent solutions?
Deek D (author) 7 years ago
lloyd kahn just blogged on the book- I'm thrilled.
Thanks for all your support guys...


jeff-o7 years ago
Very cool book!  So you've actually built each of the designs illustrated in the book?
Deek D (author)  jeff-o7 years ago
Thanks Jeff-
No, I've built some of the designs, or incorporated the designs into some of the cabins I have built (currently and in the past). Time and money haven't allowed me to get to 'em all yet, but a good many of the featured ideas/sketches, come from cabin's I'd like to build/try eventually.

Two of the cabin designs are currently being built in my backyard, I'll have to update with some photos once the two structures are fully presentable.
jeff-o Deek D7 years ago
Cool, I'm looking forward to seeing some pics.  I just finished a massive play structure for my kids, hopefully I'll have an Instructable ready for the spring!
Deek D (author)  jeff-o7 years ago
'would love to see it when you're done. A kit, or a self-design from scratch? Best of luck with it either way! 
jeff-o Deek D7 years ago
Oh, self-designed, of course!  Though I did use a twisty slide kit from home depot.
Deek D (author)  jeff-o7 years ago
of course! I shouldn't have even assumed it might be a kit, what with you posting on this site and all! lol- take care jeff
Doctor What7 years ago
 You should check out Thinkenstein's house.  It's fantastic.

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