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Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts: And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here Paperback – February 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1.2.2012 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762771461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762771462
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the author's tiny structures "For ingenuity, thrift, and charm, Mr. Diedricksen's tiny structures are hard to beat."—New York Times Praise for Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts "Using salvaged materials and power tools, Diedricksen creates cozy living spaces filled with artistic touches that you would never expect to see in an average trailer or treehouse. He'll create colorful patterns of blue and green glass circles on a wall by sawing wine bottles in half. He's been known to incorporate pickle jars into his designs. That round window that looks like a portal on a ship? That used to be the window on a front-loading washing machine. It's Mad Magazine, meets This Old House." --Emily Sweeney, The Boston Globe"If you like little houses as much as I do, then your friends probably think you're weird. The images and ideas in Deek's book are not only great porn for tiny house freaks like us, but they also serve to show your friends that there is someone out there whose fascination with the subject is even more perverse than yours." --Jay Shafer, Tiny Tumbleweed House Company "Humble Homes... is great book, I really enjoyed it, and its packed with information much like the old Whole Earth Catalog." --Lester Walker (Author of Tiny Houses, and American Shelter)"I was so wowed by this book. It's awesome. The information is practical and raw, and very unpretentious. The overall feel is so honest and authentic." --Gregory Paul Johnson- President of The National Small House Society and Resourcesforlife.com "Think: Wayne's World-meets-'This Old House'- in book form." --Jon Kalish- NPR/National Public Radio D.I.Y. Host "Deek brings the element of fun to the tiny house movement. He's obviously having a great time with his life, and his easily accessible drawings will inspire many a reader -- who would otherwise not have done so -- to pick up a hammer and saw and build a treehouse, a fort, a shack, or a solar shower, and realize "Hey, I can do that!" --Lloyd Kahn- Editor of Shelter Publications, and author of Shelter, HomeWork, and Builders of the Pacific Coast "Amazing. This is a must have book for those that appreciate extreme (and wacky) simple solutions! Crammed full of what flows from Derek's wild imagination, Humble Homes is part comic book, notebook, and alternative living encyclopedia all in one. Hand written and illustrated, virtually every page is crammed full of black and white drawings and notes that describe a vast array of ideas and solutions for simple living." --Michael Janzen- Tinyhousedesign.com "I would not be surprised if Humble Homes were to become a mini classic of its own within the surprisingly well-organized, and recently more and more in the spotlight, world of "tiny house" enthusiasts. The book reads like a demented Boy Scout's fantasy notebook of plans, and some of the designs are downright cuh-razy, but all in all, there's a lot here to get your own creative juices going. To sum up, the book is a lot of fun, and whets my appetite for future episodes of Diedricksen's "Tiny Yellow House" video series—I can't wait to see more of his off the wall designs come to life! --Katherine Sharpe, Readymade Magazine "Derek's book is a far cry from anything conventional. Deek aims to inspire with his ideas, ideas that may well earn his book a place in tiny house history. What he ends up doing is reconstructing the mind into accepting what constitutes shelter. Deek's book is important not so much because it is another entertaining zine produced by an overly creative young person, but because he is both fed by a movement and contributing a large chunk to it with his mind bending, Houdini like acts of radically small, home-built shelters. --Amanda Kovattana- of Déjà Vu Construction (CA) "Humble Homes…" explores the possibilities of the small home ~ and is the single craziest, most unique book I have ever seen. It's like MacGyver and Bob Villa sat down to make a graphic novel but made a catalog for Building 19 instead….all illustrated in a wonderful and crazy style." --Gene Higgins, The Worcester Pulse Magazine "Humble Homes… is a hoot, an education, and an inspiration, crammed with Diedricksen's designs. The book is obsessively illustrated with wacky cartoon or designs drawings, and is brimming with Yankee ingenuity, junkyard philosophy, and plenty of eye-rolling yucks. The funky energy of Humble Homes… reminds me a lot of Lloyd Kahns "Shelter" books, Malcolm Wells solar architecture books, and other homemade home books from The Whole Earth Catalog." --Gareth Branwyn, Make Magazine "Simply put, if you are the type of person who walks by a pile of curbside junk and thinks "I could make something out of that" - then THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! Derek Diedricksen has put together a comprehensive collection of rather compelling building alternatives, combining his own building experiences with his creative imagination and excellent pen and ink drawing. Even if you never pick up a hammer, Humble Homes is a hugely fascinating journey from beginning to end." --David and Jeanie Stiles, authors of Cabins: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat and Sheds – The-Do-It-Yourself Guide "Brilliant! I want to write a book like this. But I can't. Derek is my new best friend and he doesn't even know me. He will though, by God. He will..." --Peter Nelson, Founder of The Treehouse Workshop Inc. and Author of Treehouses of The World "For me, each page of Humble Homes... is a mutant love child of my past year, A Few Zines meets Tiny Houses. I never imagined the two could co-exist, but Deek did. For him, a hardcore playing Eagle scout, the link between DIY construction and DIY publishing is seamless. And inspired. Without moaning about the ill winds blowing down both media and housing, Deek tackled his pages with 83 black pens; one after another they gave themselves to his one man revolution. --Mimi Zeiger Dwell Magazine/Author of "Micro-Green" and "Tiny Houses""Think David Stiles and Rube Goldberg on a caffeine bender. One of the more unique and entertaining micro-housing books out there." –Mark Schelary (Indie Zine Author of "Who Forted?") "Clearly displaying his upbringing on a diet of punk rock and hardcore zines, Diedrickson has offered up one of the more eclectic and DIY mini-house books on the market." –The Wilmington Weekly Online "The book weirded me out a little . . . Is it cool of I put up a fence?" –the author's neighbor "With close to fifty low-cost, do-it-yourself, fort, cabin and shelter designs, Diedricksen's Humble Homes . . . is a veritable eye-tiring, carpal-tunnel-inducing barrage of wildly original dimestore-pen sketches, with a wealth of designs bordering from the clever and ultra-efficient, to the outright insane." –Fortpimp Magazine (Oregon)

About the Author

Derek ("Deek") Diedricksen was born and raised in Madison, Connecticut, and is a graduate of Northeastern University. After graduating from college he was a DJ at CBS radio station 104.1 WBCN in Boston. His comic strip, Slugs, not Hugs, has appeared in The Weekly Dig and Soundcheck Magazine.

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Customer Reviews

This book was fun to read and the ideas that I have one day I will try and build something.
Shawn McDowell
This books is a visual wonder - the comic book of tiny house design - it's filled with great ideas and wild visions from Deek's imagination.
Michael Janzen
This is probably one of the more unique/bizarre tiny housing, small spaces and shelters idea books out there.
Rockguy30

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By andrew odom on January 23, 2012
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I doubt in 50 years this book will be the anthology of tiny house building or anything of the sort. What I do think it will do though is spark a great deal of imagination and ingenuity towards sustainable living habits, micro-shelters, and tiny houses alike.

Diedricksen went to obvious great pains to think outside of the box all the while encouraging readers to challenge their own notions of how much space one actually needs to live. His sketches are great quality, they are colorful (even in black and white!!!!), and they are instructional. This book is NOT a How-To guide with every precise measurement annotated and documented. It is not meant to be though. It is meant to be a light read on a subject that often takes itself too seriously.

I fully recommend this book to anyone looking to see just what can be done, what has been done, and where there is still more work to be done in the micro-shelter arena!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rockguy30 on January 23, 2012
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Tiny Architecture (something like 50-60 or so cabin, tiny house, shelter, and fort concepts), meets comedy and "Where's Waldo"-Like, incredibly-busy, artwork. Who'd think these three, in combo, would work? They do- and rather well. This is probably one of the more unique/bizarre tiny housing, small spaces and shelters idea books out there. Very eclectic- and reminds me of the old "Whole Earth Catalog". Not full out plans, but pages and pages of cabin creations and concepts.
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Now this is a carpentry book that is totally enjoyable! It allows the reader to learn not only about the possibilities of small house living but also fun retreats designed with their own imaginations sparked by the author's enthusiasm. This would also be a great gift to spark an interest in building or rekindle the love for! Love this book!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Serine E. Shannon on May 16, 2012
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I came across this book in my search for a creative space. I think this book is a lot like peaking in someones diary or journal. The sketches are interesting and creative. His writing style and drawings are quirky and funny. However, if you are looking for a how-to, this is certainly not the book for you, but it isn't marketed as such. The photographs are limited, and mostly just b & w drawn pages and a bit like daydreams. It's fun to look at, but not one I'll keep for my personal collection, or use to build my cottage or shed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 2Wexford on January 23, 2012
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For a poor quality woodworker like me (someone who likes banging and crashing in the shed) this book is great , it says, use what you got,find or scrounge and have a go. No right or wrong but it,s all yours, buy the book and open your mind to a new way to build.
Wayne
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Nellemann on February 4, 2012
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In the bubbling pot that is the tiny house movement, there are some special tidbits that float to the top. A few of these are "Deek" Diedrickson's micro houses. While most tiny house builders, advocates and dreamers are mostly concerned with symmetry, livability and traditionalism, Deek thinks outside the proverbial box and creates whimsical, recycled structures that defy most imaginations.

"Humble Home, Simple Shacks..." is more for the person who admires ingenuity rather than the person looking for blueprints for their next domicile. However, looking through Deek's imaginative sketches, project ideas, sustainability tips, jokes and ways to stick it to "the Man", you might start to think a little differently about the things you think you need.

My favorite structures are "The Beak (2)" and the "Hickshaw". Look them up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Stacy Salles on May 1, 2012
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Since I was a child I have always loved small spaces. I used to re-design the bathroom (in my head) into a space that would be livable for just me, complete with kitchen, sleep area, and toilet. I'm a fan of Jay Schaefer (Tumbleweed Homes) which led me to Diedricksens videos, which led to the book, which I just had to have. I love it! It's funny, imaginative, doable, and I can't wait find time to hone some building skills with these easy to manage projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on July 13, 2013
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He is on the right track....it is a very Excellent book, one that you will keep going back to look at, enjoy and copy his handy work... This is what life should be all about....it is a perfect read, with easy, simple illustrations to show the what, whys and how tos that anyone can build. Fun housing to surrounded us in our everyday life.... it is in the right context for what could be...the Peter Pan that grew up and never stopped building these endearing and amazing rest bits!
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