Why not get "hands-on" at a tiny building and designing workshop? It's one thing to imagine building, and quite another to try it yourself. Head over to Memphis, TN to meet presenters, see demos, tour six houses, build a rocket stove and help construct two tiny cabins.
At Relaxshack's three day gathering, you won't be relaxing at all. You will learn about affordable building, design and decor from host Derek Diedricksen plus many other tiny builders, bloggers and dwellers. To claim your workshop spot, taking place April 11-13th, sign up here.
A Real Building Site: Just outside Memphis, Tennessee Tiny Homes builds on its six-acre site. It's where the hands-on workshop takes place, so you may view six cabins and other projects underway. There's inspiration from seeing new and salvaged materials used in these builds. You may also camp out there!
A-Frame Love: We just adore the Transforming A-Frame, because it's simple, cute and practical. This first build by Tennessee Tiny Homes is nice and sports plenty of space to hang out, work, pursue a hobby, or vacation somewhere. With few materials needed, it can be built for around $1,200 each...and this one is in Memphis.
Eight tiny house builders, bloggers and dwellers in Memphis
Relaxshacks workshop: There are few hands-on workshops, where you can swing a hammer and learn from experienced folks! If you are able to travel to Memphis on April 11-13th, then $400/ticket is money well-spent. Deek Diedricksen brings his knowledge in building, money saving tips and salvage materials, while the other presenters share their best practices too. Ergo, you should reap savings there.
Workshops elsewhere: In North Carolina, the first national Tiny House Conference takes place in early April, with a $300/ticket price that seems worth it. Dee Williams will keynote, 12 other experts present in two tracks, and there are houses to tour. We also applaud Portland Alternative Dwellings which runs monthly (free) mixers, hands-on workshops and helps tiny housers progress in the Northwest and nationally. Do you have other tiny house gatherings to share here?
Tumbleweed workshops:You likely know about our workshops in 30 cities this year, where locals learn about tiny house building, living and connecting with each other. The workshops are led by tiny house experts, with guests and house tours depending on location. It's often a first introduction to the tiny house world, and attendees are pleasantly surprised to find like-minded individuals.
Derek Diedricksen is a tiny house expert, salvager, artist, videographer, author and Relaxshacks impresario. We welcome Deek's decor tips which he shares here, and you'll find more in Humble Homes, Simple Shacks. Take it away, Deek.
I've used many of these in budget-tight builds and more....
1. Don't be scared of re-purposing an old, or even a free-salvaged piece.
Many of the decorative items in my own home, and in the tiny houses, cabins, and shelters I build for clients have been scavenged roadside. "Trash Picker" you may be thinking/judging, but heck no, more like "Cash Picker" - I've sold SO many of these re-purposed items on craigslist to build funds for my projects. This not only saves you a bundle of money and keeps certain items out of the waste stream, but it serves to give your house a unique and often one-of-a-kind look. Sick of having the same exact furniture as half the neighbors on the block? Well here's your chance for individuality, creativity, and saving money.
2. Double-purpose your decor.
A nice guitar hung on a wall is the age-old example. In and of itself, an item like this is "art" when it really boils down to it. A guitar is pleasing to look at, and can be used (depending on one's skill level) for enjoyable music and entertainment. You can also hide items within it, I suppose.
3. Beautify your stored items.
This is a great tactic that you'll see frequently; in fact, your kitchen could employ this tactic rather well. Items like beans, flour, rice, and pasta - why not store them out in the open in attractive mason-like jars?
4. Dare to store out in the open.
This ties into the last tip, but goes beyond the realm of kitchen goods. Choose attractive storage items and containers, or forego containers if possible, and store those goods on shelves in the open. By doing do, you're thereby forcing yourself to keep up on cleanliness in your own dwelling, and made to keep your possessions within reason.
5. Pillows are Decor 101.
Pillows are inexpensive, can set the mood and style of a room, are useful, comfortable (well, if they aren't, don't bother with 'em!), and can be updated with new slip cover if you decide you want a new look down the road. You can also store spare sheets, and other soft items in pillow cases, and use this storage for comfort.
6. Invest in at least one reliable, and good looking, lantern.
They're extremely useful in power outages, for camping, or for setting that special tiny house mood on date night. No, in all seriousness, there are many good lanterns out there that are absolute works of art. One of my favorites at my Vermont cabin is a Moroccan Hanging Candle-Lamp, with Amber glass sides. They barely take up any space, too!
What's in a name? The newest member of the Tumbleweed family, the Amish Barn Raiser, draws on hundreds of years of craftsmanship and community. It's in the long tradition of our Tumbleweed builders, Dave, Ben and Alan, all raised in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Interestingly, it's an unfinished house which has been expertly raised and sheathed for you.
Amish Barn Raisers are installing roofing, back in 1965.
Why call it the Barn Raiser?
The iconic image of a “barn raising” is synonymous with Amish life in America. The tradition is born of community needs and a strong belief in the importance of helping one another. With planning and hard work, there are jobs that can be done by one person. Then there are jobs that, no matter how well you plan or how hard you are willing to work, require a community. Raising the walls of a barn is that kind of job.
We are rolling out the red carpet for the upcoming Las Vegas tiny house workshop. Two Tumbleweed homes cordially invite you to make a special trip to visit them, experience the workshop and possibly get a minute of Hollywood fame.
Book a flight or drive to Vegas, and learn all about building and living in a tiny house. This two-day workshop takes place February 22-23rd, and you can still get the 25% off early-bird price: learn more and buy tickets.