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.
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.
It was a rainy day in Sonoma yesterday, something we all appreciated as an antidote to California's drought. Lloyd Kahn, who shelters in Bolinas, stopped by our Tumbleweed office and we discussed the upswing in tiny house interest. What's new is old, or what's old is new again.
Lloyd Kahn, Editor-In-Chief of Shelter Publications, visits the Tumbleweed Linden
For those who don't know Lloyd Kahn, he first became fascinated with shelters of all types decades ago. He was one of the main editors of the Whole Earth Catalog and focused on the shelter section. Kahn hasn't lost interest in how people live in the U.S. and across the globe, and has published stunning, best-seller shelter books ever since.