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$200 Micro Vacation Cabin: The Little Blue Bump

Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com just released a new video episode on his $200 micro vacation cabin.

This is one of the two structures that were built at his 2011 micro building workshop.

It’s a very simple dwelling that’s easy to build.

$200 Micro Vacation Cabin or Backyard Kids Fort

It’s 4′ by 8′ with plastic corrugated roofing with ideas from Deek’s book Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.

The windows and door knobs are made out of recycled trash, like an old stove top for a window.

And a 5-gallon water jug that doubles as a window and storage.

Little Blue Bump Micro Cabin by Deek of Relaxshacks

Watch the Little Blue Bump Micro Cabin Video

Length: 7:49

Deek’s Book: Humble Homes, Simple Shacks

If you’re interested in Derek’s micro shelter designs, you can order his book below through Amazon. Woohoo!

On the same day this cabin was built we put together the Krunk Bunk which Deek also mentions in this video.

Click here to check out my post on the Krunk Bunk micro vacation cabin.

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  • sesameB
    November 21, 2011, 11:07 am

    Derek, I love this video, just simply loved it. Keep up the good work.

    I just learned that 49 million Americans are now living in poverty; and. The elderly population has an increase due to rising medical costs, they, too, are finding themselves living in poverty, as per former President Bill Clinton on a C-Span TV this month. Former Prez Clinton said that the USA has the highest diabetes in the world. Ouch!!!

    Also,1 in 31 U.S. Adults are Behind Bars, on Parole or Probation
    http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=49398–Mar 2, 2009 – The number of offenders on parole and probation across the United States has surged past 5 million, complicating the challenges for fiscally ailing states as they try to curb corrections costs without jeopardizing public safety, according to a new report. The Pew Center on the States report, released Monday, says the number of people on probation or parole nearly doubled to more than 5 million between 1982 and 2007. Including jail and prison inmates, the total population of the U.S. corrections system now exceeds 7.3 million — one of every 31 U.S. adults, it said.

    • November 23, 2011, 8:58 am

      As always thank you so much for your comments and for showing us the actual facts. Really appreciate you!

  • sesameB
    November 21, 2011, 11:29 am

    More senior citizens need to read your book, Derek. Case in point: Jacksonville man, 74, loses home in morning blaze Posted: November 21, 2011 – 5:09am xt

    Herman Jackson never asked for much.
    He grew up in Bainbridge, Ga., plowing fields behind mules — “from sun to sun,” he said. He moved on to work 20 years for Union-Camp as a forklift operator and boilermaker. But he lost the little he had trying to stay warm Monday morning when a fire destroyed most of his home in the 800 block of West 17th Street.The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department received the call about 3 a.m. and arrived in less than five minutes, said District Chief Steve Gerbert. Yet by the time they arrived, there was heavy fire showing and the blaze had already claimed a large part of the house, Gerbert said. But Jackson said it wasn’t just a house to him.
    “My godmother left me the house when she died,” Jackson said. “I took care of her while she was sick with cancer.” Jackson managed to escape the flames that ignited when he attempted to refill a kerosene space heater, then smother the flames with blankets and clothes. He alerted neighbors who called 911, but he couldn’t save his home.”My whole life was in that house,” he said. Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-11-21/story/jacksonville-man-74-loses-home-morning-blaze#ixzz1eMEM3GQy

  • mike
    November 22, 2011, 9:37 am

    I have seen how derek makes these little houses,, to me they are just shacks,,,nothing to them,,i think he’s has more talent to make something better than these and be a little more of imagination.

    • November 23, 2011, 9:05 am

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mike!

  • June 20, 2015, 5:06 pm

    I’ve taken a look at this and the $300 build.
    I like most aspects of the two builds. And the fact he shares some info on them.
    But I have a couple gripes.
    I get the marketing ploys… I do. You want views and click throughs. Like others have done before and I’m sure will do after.
    But let’s get real for a least one second in the video. The average Joe/Jane wanting to build either build is definitely not going to do it for$200 or especially $300 for those cabins/shacks.
    It’s deception to suggest it. It’s fine to say, “Hey, after all the freebies I got, the end cost was only…xyz. But it’d you want to build this, the list of materials will cost you approximately ABC.”

    1×4 x8 pine tongue in groove flooring currently is at $9 a board at HD. Cedar siding…?

    Further point is it was built by a workshop. Ie , build for profit. Do the title more apply would be along the lines of, ” Look how much I made getting others to build this shack out of scrapes and freebies with the only real expense being the roof panels.”

    Second gripe, who teaches to use 3 inch screws on corrugated paneling into a one by? And leaves the screw sticking out at eye level on a two foot over hang? Workshop or not, that’s a huge no no.

    Last gripe, Both builds are hot boxes. Want to cook yourself to death. Jump in one of these builds.

    My 9×14 A-Frame build, that I’m sitting in at this very moment in the woods gets hot. And I’m surrounded and shaded by trees. But the little bit of Sun that comes through the leaves, cooks this thing. Hence I went with more of an open air design. Right now I have a breeze coming through, if and when the wind gets lower to the ground, as it is today. Otherwise, in the woods, there’s not much breeze unless you’re at tree top level.

    End gripes,
    As much as I enjoy seeing builds of this nature. And yes this one of the older dated builds… But can we keep it real just once instead of it always being a marketing ploy and about bottom lines.
    Just once…? please?

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