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

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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!

http://www.relaxshax.com
http://www.relaxshacks.com

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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CrLz (author)2011-11-03
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cfrans (author)2011-11-02

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?

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Deek D (author)2010-01-27

lloyd kahn just blogged on the book- I'm thrilled.
Thanks for all your support guys...
-Deek

-Deek
  http://www.relaxshacks.com
  MY NEW INDIE-ULTRA-TINY HOUSE/SHACK/FORT/TREEHOUSE  BOOK IS OUT NOW!

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jeff-o (author)2010-01-18

Very cool book!  So you've actually built each of the designs illustrated in the book?

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Deek D (author)jeff-o2010-01-19

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.
-Derek

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jeff-o (author)Deek D2010-01-19

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!

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Deek D (author)jeff-o2010-01-19

'would love to see it when you're done. A kit, or a self-design from scratch? Best of luck with it either way! 

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jeff-o (author)Deek D2010-01-19

Oh, self-designed, of course!  Though I did use a twisty slide kit from home depot.

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Deek D (author)jeff-o2010-01-22

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

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Doctor What (author)2010-01-18

 You should check out Thinkenstein's house.  It's fantastic.

Net House

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Deek D (author)Doctor What2010-01-22

great stuff! thanks for the link! Loved it- have a great weekend

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Deek D (author)Doctor What2010-01-19

Checkin' it out right now- thanks for the info Doc! 
-Derek

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Deek D (author)2010-01-20

lol. thanks paganwonder. If you ever build it, as I've never seen an "inverted A"- DO send me photos and perhaps I'll include it in an updated version of the book, etc- as there are designs and ideas I never had time to fit into this first one.

here's a few photos of a tiny bunk sleeper (not yet completed) that I'm building in my backyard. 24 square feet. Wine-bottle windows on one side (not shown), and it will feature and outdoor kitchen-prep area eventually. Almost ALL of the cabin (even many of the nails and screws) is made from thrown away materials. The roof was initially made of recycled mdf ply from a variety of discarded tv armoirs, but proved to heavy (as this is a mobile structure on wheels). I later tore off the roof and purchased some tuffex clear roofing for about $80.00- the one real expense of the cabin. Its progress is also featured in my book.  http://www.relaxshacks.com

-Derek

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Deek D (author)Deek D2010-01-20

sorry- its not letting me add the photos- trying again....or will retry soon. Grrrrrr....

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paganwonder (author)2010-01-19

The inverted A-frame is the BOMB!  My wife is gonna freak! when she sees my version of this (she tends to be very conventional in her thinking) !

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