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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

SIX New Tiny House Workshops w/The Diedricksen Brothers.....

Call it friggin' overkill- we call it passion and obsession. 

Dustin and I have some AWESOME builds on the way and we want YOU to be part of them, and to join us and our MANY co-hosts as we guide you through the steps, methods, and ACTUAL BUILD EXPERIENCES on these work sites. Have fun, get dirty, make your mistakes HERE and not on your own build, and meet a ton of great, likeminded, and creative people! 

THESE ARE ALL HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS! Something you RARELY get elsewhere. Go ahead, search around for others, we encourage it. We've been doing this workshops since 2009 and don't intend to stop any time soon.

Hosts Dustin and Deek Diedricksen 

     Our workshops are small and intimate and not huge cattle-calls by the hundred or more where you never get one on one time with the hosts.

So here's what we have coming up in 2018

-February 17th-18th- Stoughton, MA SOLD OUT

-March 23-25th- Joshua Tree, CA SOLD OUT

-April 28th- Pink Hill, NC (TinyHouseNC Street Festival (Selling FAST!)

-May 3-4-5- The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA

-May 25th-27th- Monroe, Washington (Tree House AND Tiny    House Based)

-June 16th- Omaha, NE- At the Midwest Tiny House Festival

Each workshop (of if not, SOON) is described and linked (for sign-ups) HERE:
(Note: If a particular workshop is not listed yet, it soon will be)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

JUST Announced! NC Tiny House Building 101 Class- Pink Hill, NC

'Tis true!
While Deek Diedricksen is the keynote speaker for the Tiny House NC Street Festival in Pink Hill, NC on April 27th-29th, 2018, he'll also be doing a side HANDS-ON building/tiny house 101 workshop on Saturday, April 28th. 

About the host: Derek "Deek" Diedricksen was the Host/designer/builder for the HGTV series "Tiny House Builders", the host of HGTV's "Extreme Small Spaces", and has built and designed for the DIY Network, The History Channel, The NY Times, and beyond. He is the author of four tiny house-related books, including the best seller "Microshelters" (Storey Press).

Note: We're limiting this to only 35 students!

-Live framing and building- ACTUALLY BUILD WITH US! 
We'll cover headers, rafters, building and squaring your base, trailers vs. foundations, insulation...
-Tricks of the trade- time and money saving tips we use in the field
-Materials and tool selection
-An open QnA session
-Talks on "How to Build with Less- FOR LESS"
-"What NOT to do in your tiny house build/design (the frequent mistakes we see!)
-And MUCH more

THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY IF YOU WANT TO LEARN THE ROPES- and not by just seeing and hearing, but by DOING. 

Its 4.5 hour course- with a guest speaker/demo TBA, and led by myself.
It will take place SATURDAY, April 28th- 9:30am to 2pm
Bring a lunch and snacks, sunscreen, and work clothes (we do have a covered spot to work in case of rain).
Tools- when you sign up, much closer to the date of the workshop, an instructive email will be sent mentioning items you should bring IF you have them- nothing fancy, don't worry (hammer, goggle, gloves, etc).

We're keeping this fairly small too, as we don't want it to be a giant cattle call where no one gets to see, do, or ask. We want you right in the thick of things!

Cost: $75 
-The WORKSHOP (per person)
-A full-weekend pass to the festival ($15 value)
-Deek's new framing plan set for "The Dart" cabin ($35 value)

"The Dart" plans can also be purchased by those who can't attend the workshop- HERE....

A deposit of $25 is required to secure the spot (non-refundable (so PLEASE make sure your calendar is in order- BUT transferable to ANY other course of ours)).

Any questions, or if interested in sponsoring the event- newenglandrockpress at 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Could you LIVE in just 54 Square Feet?

Granted, this isn't for most- heck, living in a space so small isn't for just about everyone, but it can be done, and despite some of the comments you might see with dwellings like these, it IS a home- and someones full time dwelling.

Call it a camper, a tear drop, a micro rv, or a tiny house- its not really important- but this IS a full time dwelling for Texan Richard Ward. It might not be YOUR style (or that of most), but Richard finds a way to make it work, and is LOVING it.

And this video tells a good chunk of the "How" and "Why".

We caught up with the ever migrating Richard at this past years Tiny House Jamboree in Arlington, TX (which was amazing! I hope to go back!)

Richard's prior home (through his company ) was colossal by comparison, as around 240 square feet!

-Deek Diedricksen

Friday, January 19, 2018

HOW TO floor your DIY Tiny House with FREE Paper Bags!

     Its far simpler, and far more durable than you'd think!
While filming an tour with Gypsy Wagon Builder Terry Stringham at the 2017 Tiny House Festival near St. Augustine Florida, the subject of Paper Bag Flooring (and how to do it) came up.

Terry, who had used that very approach for the flooring of his ultra-light tiny house, then went on to explain all the steps and materials involved- which, again, are surprisingly SIMPLE!

The video explains all:

The materials you'll need: 
-An abundance of paper bags (easy to find)- newspapers and maps work too (we talk about it in the clip)

-Minwax water-based poly-sealant (gloss or satin- your choice)- Here is the link to grab some....

-A brush

-A spray bottle 

And this can all be made with old paper bags which might otherwise be trash to most!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


On some recent travels through Piedmont, MO, where I purchased some land to start a mini build (and where we'll EVENTUALLY have an off-grid tiny house workshop), I came across this abandoned movie theater, which had JUST closed. When I bought the land only a year prior, the movie theater was still up and running, so it was sad to arrive and discover that it had, well, "given up".

But- think about it, this abandoned lot would make a GREAT "Tiny House Village" for a variety of reasons.... 

-The space is available and in a more affordable area of the country (that is all relative, of course)

-Its already graded and traversable- you don't have to do much, or any, road or parking lot work, which can be exorbitantly expensive.

-You have the added attraction of STILL being able to screen films community style, or still run the theater as a business perhaps on select days.

-Easy access- the land is right off a fairly major paved road which leads right to the many amenities downtown.

-There is already a large central septic system that presumably could/can handle large crowds

-It resides in a town that could use the help, tax dollars, shop patrons, and PR boost.

Piedmont is known as a bit of an economically "tough" town, as many towns in the rural midwest are, but I found it to be very picturesque, the people were very friendly, and it had a few really decent restaurants and shops. I would go back to visit, and will. The lumber yard there was actually fantastic- another huge "plus", and a business that such a community would certainly give LOTS of new business to.

So, just an idea, and just a post in hopes that someone MIGHT see an idea like this and run with it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

VT Seeking Builders/Dwellers for Temporary Tiny House Village

Each year in April, Burlington, VT has its "Vermont Home and Garden Show" at the "Champlain Valley Expo Center", and this year (April 21st and 22nd, 2018) it'll be no different.

This time around however, the show is looking for MORE tiny houses to put on display as a sort of "Tiny House Village" for onlookers and those curious about the movement.

If you'd like to be part of it (there is no fee, and you'll be fed AND allowed to stay in your home inside the indoor expo center as well (while promoting your home/business perhaps)- check out this video below....

Those interested can email Maureen at:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Not JUST Tiny Houses at Florida Fest....

Check out this crazy human-powered hamster-wheel sno-cone machine that was at the 2017 Tiny House Festival in Florida!
What a great idea in that it takes such a simple (and tasty) vendor item and makes it not only a spectacle, but interactive!

Its the one midway concession treat you might LOSE weight enjoying!

For those who didn't hit the Florida Tiny House Festival, it was incredible (as always), and John Kernohan and Fin Davies have plenty more events planned! Check 'em through 

For more on the machine- hit

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Aging Friendly MODERN Tiny House? (DOWNSTAIRS Bedroom and EASY Stairs)

This one is certainly a step in the right direction for the aging population in the tiny house scene that asks time and time again, "Can we please get a non-lofted tiny house??".

     Well, this brand new model from The Small Dwelling Company (Texas based) is not only appealing in its presentation and open layout, but it features what Lynsi Underwood has dubbed "Nana-approved" stairs.

     According to Lynsi, "With each model we build, we seek the approval of my "Nana". If she can climb the stairs easily, then we know we're set".

    Beyond that, for those STILL scared by stairs, this tiny house on wheels also has the foresight to include a downstairs bedroom- something still not all that common in small home designs.

    It ALSO has a roof deck, but that was an add-on feature, obviously not aimed at the aging market. Regardless, its cool as heck! Be sure to check the video tour above.

Don't like (or need) the downstairs bedroom? Well, the Unistrut dividing wall can be easily removed (as planned) so as to fully open up an otherwise partially segmented sleep space.

     "Our client was considering putting a few pinball machines in that space instead", says Sam Underwood, "It was built to be a versatile space- that was the whole plan".

    The Underwoods aren't new to the tiny house game either. In fact we featured another one of their homes last year when we first met them in Colorado Springs at the Tiny House Jamboree.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Remote-controlled "ELEVATOR BED" in a Tiny House!

Check this out!

     Yes, there are couple of these (of varying approaches) on the scene, but this certainly was one of the first ones I've seen online, and then eventually, in person...

Its an electronic-winch-driven bed that lowers from the ceiling and comes to rest on (locks into) two cleats on the side wall. Nothing more, nothing less, and as simple as this is, its a bit genius.

We'll have the FULL TOUR of this tiny house vardo very soon over on the "RelaxshacksDOTcom" youtube channel (CLICK HERE and please subscribe), but in the meantime, here is a highlight segment of the bed itself- in action.

OUR NEXT HANDS-ON Tiny House and Green Building WORKSHOPS

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Yes, an 11 Year Old DESIGNED and BUILT this EPIC TREE HOUSE

     Meet Grant Becker- a go-getter in every sense of the term.

     We're all apparently slackers by comparison too, as Grant took on the colossal project of building and designing his tree house at the mere age of eleven! Completed when he was thirteen, this tree house is quite an impressive feat, regardless of his age. And yeah sure, I'm betting he had help, but almost EVERYONE goes that same path, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially in cases where certain tasks require extra hands for the sake of safety. I see too many people who are steadfastly and stubbornly "solo DIY" when it comes to projects- they want the bragging rights to say that they "went it alone". Don't be that person- there is nothing wrong with seeking help.

But back on track....

"The lights here, I made those at glass-blowing camp", says Grant in the video. Enough said. Thats proof enough that at least a decent majority of the work and design WAS done by this young man.

I mean what kid is even interested in "glass blowing camp" at that age?

Keep tabs on this kid- he'll be going places.

Congrats Grant and stay the course. I hope to visit your tree house one day!

Looking for a great book on building small- both tiny house and tree house ideas?
Check this one- BRAND NEW from David and Jeanie Stiles....

Check it out HERE-

Above- learning (day one) the basics of framing a tiny structure with The Diedricksen Brothers