In July 2011 Derek Diedricksen gave me a copy of one of his homemade books so that I can give it away to you guys.
When you’re done reading this post you’ll know exactly what to do to win this copy.
Handmade Copy of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks
Deek’s book has one of the longest titles I’ve ever seen. The full title reads: Humble Homes Simple Shacks Cozy Cottages Ramshackle Retreats Funky Forts and Whatever the Heck Else we Could Squeeze in Here!
This homemade edition of the book covers things like…
Basic bridge building
Redneck window construction
And there’s so much more. All ideas and concepts are accompanied by illustrations from Deek.
How You Can Win this Signed Copy of Humble Homes
All you have to do to enter is the following. The more you do, the better your chances of winning the book.
Zach Engle built his own teardrop trailer a year and a half ago.
He calls it a convertible because you can open and close the roof.
Intro to Teardrop Trailers
Teardrops are great because they’re inexpensive, easy to store and great on gas.
They keep things simple and it’s a big upgrade from tent camping because you won’t have to worry about leaks and such. They can be as light as 600lb and some are even small enough to be towed by motorcycles.
This means the car you already drive is strong enough to pull one of these little recreational vehicles.
Before you read any further you should know that I normally do not watch Design Star. This is the first episode I’ve ever watched because I don’t have cable.
I was interested in watching this episode, as you already know, because they had the final three contestants design tiny houses.
The homes we’re talking about here are actually three of Jay Shafer’s Box Bungalow designs which he just recently released through his Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.
Actually, I put together a video you can watch about his new designs (which are featured in this episode) right here. Link opens in a new tab/window so you can save it for later.
Tiny House Design Competition on Design Star
So in the beginning of the episode the contestants are told that they will each have to design their own entire house. From top to bottom. They seem excited and nervous but they don’t seem to have any idea that the homes were going to be so small.
Then they are shown the three 99 square-foot houses. They’re pretty much in shock as soon as they see them. I don’t think any of the three contestants had ever heard of the homes before but it was cool to see how they mentioned that it’s a growing trend.
Right now Jeremy Jackson is traveling the U.S. towing his recently-built Tumbleweed tiny house. He built the majority of it all himself. He did it in about one year.
Interview with Jeremy who is traveling with his tiny house
In this interview with Jeremy you’ll be able to follow his story, learn about his struggles and what led him to where he is today. I hope you enjoy.
THT: What made you decide to start building a tiny house?
J: I woke up one day feeling frustrated with the world and my own life. My business was dying and I have been suffering from an industrial injury. Everything was crashing down on me.
I started to ponder about what would happen when my mother and siblings would pass because I am the youngest. At the time I was living with my mother. Well that evening I checked my email and stumbled onto the Yahoo! article which featured the tiny house movement and Jay Shafer.
I was instantly hooked from that moment on and I saw a spark of hope. I spent the next few months learning everything that I could on learning how to build a tiny house until I came up with a plan to build one myself because it made good sense to me.
I decided that if I were going to commit to building my own tiny house, I needed to get to it without allowing myself to over analyze the possible pitfalls. So- I jumped in head over heals and started buying materials whenever and wherever I could get them.
So I sold all of my valuables, including the DJ and Karaoke business, and just started even though I am disabled and on a fixed income because I felt that if I were to survive, I had to take a risk.
THT: So how long did it take you to complete the tiny house?
J: It has taken me the best part of a year to complete it (mostly by myself) but finally, it’s done.