If you haven’t been paying attention, we still live in interesting economic times. Derek Diedricksen has decided to make things a little less interesting by build little $200 houses out of junk.
Actually, this is a pretty cool idea, which comes to us from Oddity Central. Diedrickson, or “Deek,” builds tiny shelters out of whatever he can find, including washing machine parts, cast-off deck chairs, and other junk. The total cost of the materials is usually less than $200. Deek also maintains a blog called RelaxShacks. He’s also published a book: “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts.”
This is one of his latest creations, meant as a sturdier alternative to tents at music festivals.
He builds his houses as spaces for him to get away from his basement offices and update his blog. Deek’s father was a shop teacher, so building things came naturally to him. The whole thing started when he received a book for his 10th birthday called “Tiny Houses,” which was about exactly that.
Here’s a video of him showing off one of his creations:
What’s really gratifying is that he not only attempts to build these small shelters, but actually give them a sense of style. A lot of “affordable housing” projects have strictly utilitarian architecture, seeming not to care about the people who live in them, but Deek’s creations give off a sense of warmth and humor. Check out the “smile” he built into one of his houses.