Thursday, January 29, 2015


SHARE THIS POST on Facebook and tag "Relaxshacks Tiny House Hub" (and join/"like" us if you haven't), and you're entered to win...... SIMPLE AS THAT!

"Tiny House Builders" is a one hour show by host/designed Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, alongside his brother Dustin, and their backwoods construction crew (Creature, Jim Shippey, Jonny "Milwaukee" Lyman, Phil Laplante, and Melissa Teper). 

FIRST PRIZE- a slot at our 3 day HANDS-ON "Tiny House Building" workshop in Putnam, CT (see the flyer below)... we'll be collectively building and designing a tiny house/cabin INSIDE an art galleries front window in downtown Putnam, CT.

SECOND PRIZE- A copy of the new hardcover book "Wonder Walls"- on small space decor and design with repurposed materials (see below)

THIRD PRIZE- a Micro canvas tiny house art piece (painting) done by Deek....

FOURTH PLACE- a virtual handshake.... no, there is no 4th place....

Winners will be announced Monday, and posted on the " and Tiny House Hub" Facebook page.....

And.... May 1,2,3 in CT- HANDS-ON Tiny House Building Workshop!

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 MAY-2015 Tiny House HANDS-ON Building and Design Workshop- CT!

Workshop will be limited to 30 or so attendees.... we want to keep these intimate and make sure you get a lot of personal attention and instruction. 
FRIDAY MAY 1st-3rd Putnam, CT (Providence RI, Hartford, CT, or Worcester, MA are the nearest airports)
Hosted by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, whose work/design/hosting has appeared on HGTV, The DIY Network, The History Channel, NY Times, and beyond....
With Dustin "Dr. Demolition" Diedricksen (TV's "Tiny House Builders") and MANY MORE tba! 

(click to enlarge)

Alright, its official, and just having trekked out to Connecticut to visit and fully scout the building site, we're good to go, and its going to be one heck of a cool workshop! We're building INSIDE an art gallery (have the whole run of both floors of the place for two days), and building/designing a really cool bolt-together cabin that will be displayed RIGHT in the front window of "The Empty Spaces Project" Gallery right in downtown Putnam, MA. The location couldn't be cooler too- we're within 100 feet of several good restaurants (which might be offering attendees discounts), AND two doors down from a great, super-funky, pub that has live music. We're also about 100 feet from the New England-famous "Nikki's Dog House"- if hot dogs are your thing....  We're RIGHT on a river, near a gorgeous park, in a historic town, WHICH (tiny house-tied) is home to the author of "The Box Car Children"- there's even a little museum there- yes, INSIDE an actual boxcar! 

Its a three day workshop with MANY instructors, guest speakers, hands-on building, collaborative art and decor projects, AND even a live musical guest on night one- which also coincides with the gallery opening for Maltee Sarinan- a VERY talented NYC artist. What we build will also be on-display to the public, and donated to this gallery to help them maintain their space and mission.

LOTS going on, and they'll be long and action-packed days of building (without having to worry about the weather!!)

Below: Video that NPR and Make Magazine did from one of our past workshops in VT (thanks Jon Kalish!)

We'll have the full listed details soon, but for those who know the style and scope of our past workshops, and want to get the jump on signing up, do your thing at the big green link above....  EVERY SINGLE ONE of our past workshops has sold out, so be warned.

THE SPACE.... (upstairs- ALL ours to use!)

FEW workshops offer actual hands-on building too, so this is a GREAT way to learn and have fun. We've also been doing these since 2010, so "this isn't our first rodeo". We're no 9 to 5 class either- our days are long ones, but very eclectic, engaging, and loaded with tutorials from many different teachers. In fact, we've had SEVERAL people take our workshops two or three times JUST for the networking and fun aspects of it, which should speak volumes.

We'll also have a big ice-breaking pizza party, with some initial guest speakers on Friday night of our three day event.... If you can't make Friday, no sweat, we'll get you up to speed on everything the next morning.

COST: Three day, multi-host workshop is $399. Price includes materials, tools, workbooks, pizza party, daily coffee/snacks, Door prizes (books and tool giveaways) and more....

GOT A TINY HOUSE? SUPER COOL MICRO SHELTER ON WHEELS? Let us know- we'd love to have you out, and potentially even shoot a fun tour video of it for our youtube channel. We'll feed you and kick you gas money, etc in turn too....

NOTE: REFUNDS- FULL refund up until March 31st (one month prior), beyond that, you'll get a rain check to any other future workshop we do under the Relaxshacks banner (that we run, etc). Its worked out well in the past, as you still get your money's worth. Regardless, PLEASE make sure you can make it before you sign up.... if you do that, there should be no problem.

WANT TO SPONSOR US? You'll appear in our related videos/tours for the event (we reach A LOT of people), and we'll include you on the display placards, hang a banner, AND work you into our blog and press- contact Deek via kidcedar at

THE SPACE (from the street)

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Monday, January 26, 2015

A New Tiny House Painting- Cabin In The Woods (For Sale)

Here's a little 12" by 12" painting I just finished up. This was an illustration/pitch piece I was going to use for a meeting with a board for an upcoming Rhode Island Home and Garden Show- and instead of sketching a mere cabin on paper, I figured I'd try my hand at painting one.

Anyway, its for sale now, and the funds will go towards buying supplies for a community/public (free for ALL to enjoy!) geocaching installation I'm heading up that will be anchored in Stoughton, MA. This project will be a bridging between geocaching and art.

Asking- $150. If interested PM me through my Facebook page- probably easiest- "Derek Diedricksen"....

And if you hadn't heard!!! Can't wait for THIS!!! Space will be limited and we WILL build a tiny cabin together!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tiny Backyard Office Cabin Built Under $1000!

If you haven't checked out this video, here's a backyard reading cabin that we built in just two days (fully hands-on) as part of one of our " Tiny House/Shelter Building Workshops". We do have another one coming up in May- Putnam, CT- so stay tuned! These SELL OUT FAST!!!

Video is below....

And the workshop- sign-ups will be active SOON....

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Salvaged Industrial LVL Block as a side table or plant stand?

Just a quick share from my factory art studio here. Figured that something like this could make for a plant stand, side table (just add a top, or not), OR, you could use an anchored series of these (at incremental heights) as a table-topped step-way up to a loft in a tiny house.

What is it? Its a large scrap chunk of a huge LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) beam that was being tossed in a dumpster at a worksite.

The price was right, and I just liked the colors and industrial feel it gave.

Like I said, just a quick idea I wanted to share....

(hey also, and we'll have the registrations up and running soon but here's our next HANDS-ON TINY HOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP!) We'll give you more details soon!

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Monday, January 12, 2015

SALVAGE as art/decor (some tiny house, budget, decor ideas)

So this past weekend I had a chance to check out the new salvage/maker shop "Farnswood" in Worcester, MA, run by Craig Farnsworth and his wife Karyn. Farnswood really is a family affair as each weekend, with their kids in tow, the shop opens it doors to display its array of funky, one-of-a-kind, unusual, and repurposed wares, gifts, and furniture. I had a blast checking the place out, picked up a few items (the funky tool box lamp you see in the photo below), and a stool made from a model t axle, and immediately saw the potential in this cool industrial space for the possibility of a future workshop..... we'll see..... we'll see.....

Whatever the case, get yer keister down to Farnswood, tell 'em I sent you, and support this family, who are doing something very cool and creative! 

They're at 100 Barber Ave- Worcester, MA

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Friday, January 9, 2015

Great Idea for a Tiny House with Cat/Pet Owners....

Just wanted to share this quick little photo- Its what looks like a heavy duty basket (the kind often used to hide plant pots), but mounted to the wall and used as an "aerial cat bed", making for a neat little, off the floor, hiding and napping spot for your cat.... saw on pinterest, from a non-credited source, but I wanted to pass it on....

Just a quick share....

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 CT/Connecticut Tiny House Building Workshop-meets-Art!!!

Here's where we might be for our next workshop! What a COOL space!!!!

Check out this video- THIS might be the space that we're hosting our next two/three day, hands-on, tiny house and shelter building workshop in.... more details very soon! This place ("The Empty Spaces Project") in the cool little art town of Putnam, CT is PERFECT for such a workshop, and the structure we build would be part of the gallery/display- and be built/displayed in the huge front window of this downtown locale for all to see (especially when lit up at night!). It would be another intimate workshop, with many instructors helping you, and about 30 students- with guest speakers, actual building, and much more! We might be looking a mid-march for this one....

We'll update you HERE, and on my personal Facebook page/pages.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tiny House Space Saver- Make this great coffee table/bench/storage unit with scrap two-by-fours!

     This is a simple little project that could be tackled by anyone of any skill level and with minimal tools. Steven Harrell of posted this how-to video for us to check out, and when you see the end product, it certainly seems to have some tiny house potential, as a sturdy coffee table like this could double as a bench, and has storage underneath as well.

Just an idea of mine: Add some vertical dividers underneath, and if you wanted to store it upright so that its out of the way and takes up less floor space, it could also serve a FOURTH purpose as an upright book shelf.

Anyway, it would be a fun project to tackle if you haven't done much building and want to get a little practice in before working on that cabin, chicken coop, or shed.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

...and remember! Set those DVR's!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Low-dough furniture piece- indoors or outdoors (dumpster dived n' salvaged)


As many of you know, this blog is not only for tiny houses, shelter, tree house, and cabin photos and ideas (and showcasing the things I design and build), but also for sharing ideas in the world of salvaged-construction, and repurposing- which yes, can certainly be tied to the thrifty mindset of the tiny house and downsized-living world. So…. just wanted to share the simplest of projects, a wooden cable spool table.

In my factory art studio outside Boston, MA- the table is so strong that I can stand on top of it, and jump up and down without any problem...

Its simple….
Dismantle a big ole spool once you're procured one….
Pull or flatten any nails or staples that might get in the way
Slap a few coats of Helmsman spar varnish on the top
Add a few natural maple boughs as legs (which you can cut (carefully) with a chop saw). Glue them in place AND hold them fast with a trim head screw or two through the topside of the table.
And that's pretty much it!

Just a simple idea I wanted to share…
And REMEMBER- THIS WEEKEND…. the debut of my new show, "Tiny House Builders" on HGTV…. Sunday, December 14th, at 1pm.