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The filmmakers behind “TINY: A Story About Living Small” just visited Derek “DEEK ” Diedricksen, author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks“.

Derek has built several micro houses in his backyard out of reclaimed materials. In this video interview, Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith give you a glimpse into Deek’s world.

Micro Houses & Backyard Forts

What I like the most about small structures is all of the different ways that people can benefit from them. Many of the micro homes that Deek creates cost less than $200 to build.

If you’re willing to look around with an open mind, you can find lots of your materials for free as long as you have the time and willingness to look around and talk to people.

9 Ways To Use a $200 Micro Shelter

  • Backyard office
  • Children’s playhouse
  • Micro storage unitDeek's RelaxShacks Micro Cabins
  • Chicken coop
  • Micro Cabin
  • $100 Homeless Hut
  • Occupy Wall Street Shelter
  • Tree house
  • Micro camper

What are some other cool ways that people can use these micro houses? Share your ideas in the comments after you watch the video.

Photo Credit: Me

Video Interview with Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen

Length: 4:31

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Christopher Smith is the man behind TINY: A Story About Living Small.

He’s turning thirty years old and is set on making the mountains in Boulder, Colorado his permanent home.

Christopher has been visiting and interviewing people who live in tiny houses after he asked himself the big question.

What makes a good home?

The answer is different for every person. But for many, small houses are becoming the answer because they simply cost less.

People are attracted to tiny houses because of the time and financial freedom it offers. It’s a no mortgage lifestyle with fewer chores.

Tiny The Movie - A Story About Living Small - Tiny House Movement
Screenshot thanks to Christopher Smith, TINY on Vimeo

Building with no experience

Christopher has never built anything previous to this project. He took the plunge by purchasing a 5 acre plot of land in the mountains.

He’s learning and figuring everything out as he goes and he’s creating a film throughout the entire process.

Tiny house documentary preview

Length: 2:48

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