Derek "Deek" Diedricksen: Living the tiny house life with Tumbleweed

With his unbridled enthusiam and quirky charm, Derek "Deek" Diedricksen is the latest tiny house pro to join the Tumbleweed Workshop line-up. Deek runs the popular Relaxshacks.com and has written a "Super-Caffeinated" book called Humble Homes & Simple Shacks. You can see the content of the book here.

Deek has a keen understanding of using and reusing recycled materials. Like the rest of our workshop crew, he is extremely knowledgeable and will be able to help you take the next step in your quest to build a tiny house of your own. We are happy to have him as one of our workshop instructors. You can get a sense of his kinetic style in the video below.

Deek will be hosting workshops in Miami & Boston this year, with a few more locations to be announced soon.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — March 26, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself  

The Vardo is back!


Back by popular demand, the Vardo is the easiest Tumbleweed to build. Designed to nest inside most truck beds, the Vardo can also be pulled on its own trailer. The material costs to build this structure are approximately $2,500 (not including the optional heater).

We think the Vardo is the perfect Tumbleweed for weekend warriors and building novices alike. Get your hands on these tiny house plans for only $19.95 when you use code vardo10 at checkout. This offer is good for 2 days only so act fast! Click here to get started.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — March 22, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself  

Tiny Houses in Seattle

This is a guest post from Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, our newest Tumbleweed Tiny House workshop host. This post originally appeared on Deek's blog.

Again, the Tumbleweed Tiny House Co's Workshop in Seattle was killer! "All Killer, No Filler"- and aside from being brought out there to guest speak for a Q&A session, I had four days/night to hang out with some really cool, likeminded, tiny house obsessed people. One of the people I met was Sharon Read from Seattletinyhomes.com, who is great, as is her home one wheels.Check out some of these photos I snapped during this workshop's field trip on day one.

While out in Seattle, I also shot FOUR episodes (with Christopher Smith from "Tiny: The Movie") of my show "Tiny Yellow House" at some CRAZY locales (built by some equally crazy people). I took a ton of photos as well- some of which I'm collecting for Book #2.

My book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" has done so well, the publisher is already asking for another. If you haven't checked it out, its $11.29 on Amazon or better yet, buy it off a local independent store.  I'm hosting a few workshops for Tumbleweed coming up soon!

Check them out, heck, sign up for one here: Buy your Miami workshop here:
http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/workshops/miami/ 
& reserve your seat for the Boston workshop here: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/workshops/boston






Written by Derek Diedricksen — March 15, 2012

Filed under: Events  

Did you bid yet?

This XS-House was built as a community effort by The Andersons and Lathrop Group, two local Toledo companies as part of the museum's Small Worlds exhibit. The tiny house has been a popular piece in the exhibit and now it has gone to auction to benefit the museum's early childhood art education fund. 

If you've been on the fence about purchasing a tiny house, here is your chance to own an exquisitely built XS-House that is also fully furnished and ready to move in! Hurry because the auction ends March 28th, 2012. Not only do you have a chance to own your very own tiny house but all proceeds go to a great cause. 

Be sure to follow our auction udates on Facebook. Go bid now!

Written by Adam Gurzenski — March 09, 2012

Filed under: See a tiny house  

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen Joins the Tumbleweed Team!

Our Tiny House workshops have become so in demand that we had no choice but to add more locations! This means that we needed to bring on another workshop presenter and we're happy to welcome Derek "Deek" Diedricksen to the Tumbleweed team! Deek will present primarily at our east coast workshops. Deek will host his very first Tumbleweed workshop in Miami coming up April 14-15. This workshop will sell out soon so please reserve your tickets now! 

Deek is not a stranger to the tiny house movement and has been a fixture in the Small House Movement for the past 5 years. His enthusiasm and "rock and roll" style is unparalleled. Deek has gone dumpster diving to find materials to build houses for less than $1000. The word impossible just isn't part of his vocabulary. Deek is the author and artist of "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts", and has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, NPR, ABC, and more.

Deek recently joined us at our Seattle workshop and our guests loved him! He will bring a wealth of information to our workshops attendees along and surely entertain them. Deek has a unique way of making people feel comfortable and confident in building tiny houses.

Everyone at our Miami workshop is in for a real treat with Deek! And be sure to check back here next week for Deek's post about his adventures at our Seattle workshop!

Sign up to be informed and totally entertained at our Miami Workshop with Deek Dierdricksen, April 14 - 15. 

Written by Bridget Thornton — March 07, 2012

Filed under: See a tiny house  
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