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 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.


  1. Kaysee Pigford November 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Awesome show!????????????????

  2. Rose December 25, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    I love your 2 episodes on Netflix. Too bad they leave 1/1/17.

  3. Vicky December 26, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Hi Derek, We spoke in the past on Facebook. I found a floor plan that would work great for me. Still having a difficult time trying to find land or a place that allows a tiny house. Any word on states working on allow zoning for a tiny house?

  4. Dylan December 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I recently received the book Micro Shelters as a present (a well intentioned gift as I am a builder) It took one casual read to see that this guy is a hack, riding a wave of naive idealism. For some reason, because these projects are “tiny” there seems to be an exception from building quality and standards. The principles of good building are true on any scale, and he has obviously not put in his years as a real carpenter. The structures this guy and his brother turn out are poorly designed and poorly constructed. They essentially make forts for adults, that unfortunately cost thousands of dollars. I think the spirit behind the “tiny home movement” is well placed. It is indeed empowering to build something for your self by your own means that you can afford. But don’t buy the snake oil. Building is a complicated trade but it is not out of reach by any means. To really build yourself something that will last and that you will be proud of the formula is simple: Work with/under an experienced builder and learn from reputable sources, not flash in the pan internet personalities like Derek Diedrickson

    For inspiration I suggest Lloyd Kahn’s books found at Shelter Press (he is actually a builder and seeks out quality structures):
    for Technical consultation I suggest the “for Pros” series of books from Taunton Press:

  5. Brian Hargan March 20, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Love this guy. Comment from the guy above seems like someone has it out personally for Deek for whatever reason. I took one of the Tumbleweed workshops he hosted in Miami and loved it- and went on to build my own tiny house as well. He IS a little too energetic in his videos, but I’ve gotten some great ideas from them. Thanks!

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