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Archive for November, 2011

Interview: Derek Diedricksen, Micro-Architect and Blogger at Relaxshacks.com

Derek “Deek” Diedreksen is a tough guy to pin down. His love of tiny architecture is first on a long list of creative pursuits—including radio DJ, comic book artist, musician (currently heading a Rage Against the Machine tribute band), blogger, author and full-time dad.

His blog, Relaxshacks.com, and his book, “Simple Shacks, Humble Homes” is devoted to micro-architecture and living in small spaces, but the structures he builds aren’t necessarily meant for living full time. Closer to forts or pods, his “Hundred-dollar-homeless huts” and greenhouse office-shelters are inspired by the salvaged materials that Deek finds in local dumps, thrift stores and second-hand building lots. A sort of D.I.Y. mad scientist, his structures have been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Readymade and Make Magazine.

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TINY on Kickstarter!

Today, we have some exciting news: our Kickstarter campaign has launched!

If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s basically a forum that helps independent artists raise funds to complete their projects. In this case, we’re raising funds for the post-production of our film (things like editing, recording the original score, and other technical details). But we’re not simply asking for donations. When you back the film, you can choose from a list of Thank You gifts—such as signed copies of the film on DVD, access to special “Behind the Scenes” footage, original stills from the film—even a weekend in the completed tiny house. If we reach our final goal (and we hope to!), we’ll receive all of the money that has been pledged at the end of the campaign. If not, your card will never be charged.

Whether or not you can contribute to the project, we’d love to use our Kickstarter page to learn more about what makes people feel at home. So please, head on over to the Kickstarter page, and post a comment there letting us know about a story, or a detail, or a person or a place that makes you feel like you belong.

If you can’t contribute to the project but want to help us to reach our goal, you can always contribute by sharing the Kickstarter link with your friends and family via email, facebook, twitter, or good old fashioned word of mouth. If you have any ideas about publications, communities or anyone who might be interested in our project, please feel free to drop us a line and let us know!

Thanks everyone and we can’t wait to share the final film with you all!


First Graders = Easily Excited about Tiny Houses.

During a recent filming trip to the Boston area, we stopped by a first grade classroom at Pierce Elementary School for a slideshow and discussion about living small.

These six-year-olds, familiar with the thrills of building forts and tree houses, enamored with the idea of small spaces to call their own,  were quite enthusiastic about our building project. A gasp rose up from the carpet, where they all studiously sat cross-legged, each time we showed a new slide on the overhead projector.

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