Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A "Retro" 1970s Playhouse....Pretty WILD!!!

Here's one way to get back at the neighbors! Build this one right on the property line! No, I actually love how wild and 1970s looking it is (which is probably when it was built). Frank Dimster was the architect. I also spotted this over at www.aplaceimagined.blogspot.com

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Clubhouse within a bedroom

I like everything about this one....the divisional rug placement, the door, the natural exposed beams, the built-in storage with the finger holes, and the whimsical misallignment of the clubhouse planks. File Under: DREAM BEDROOM FOR KIDS

I also saw this over on www.eurostylelighting.com

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Sunday, August 11, 2013

L.A. Tree House Builders....

Here's a great exterior shot of a tree house built and designed by the folks over at www.kirsch-korff.com from Los Angeles, California. Check out the link for more on this architectural/design firm.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Reading/Writing Greenhouse escape- with recycled windows

A super-cool, recycled window greenhouse cabin- what a great reading and writing spot this would be! Single pane windows are thrown away all the time, I actually have a pile of about twenty of them in my backyard to prove it, and THIS is one of the reasons (ideas like this) that I grab 'em when I see them curbside. Of course, their insulative properties aren't great, but still, they can be used in many ways in cabin, tiny house, and backyard playhouse/clubhouse builds. 

I LOVE the yellow door and trim work here, it really brings this micro-structure to life and makes it fun.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Forklift Pallet Fort, Shed, or Garden Trellis! So Simple!

Source unknown...
     Love this one- especially since its built from free pallet wood, its so simple, AND it looks good. Something like this would be great for a garden (if you use untreated pallets), or the frame of a chicken coop. Better yet, use a tiny structure like this as a climbing frame for beans, grapes, or any other vine-like plant.

Obviously its use as a simple, open-air, kids clubhouse or playhouse is great too! 

Check out my book for more recycled building and pallet project ideas....

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A "temple" Tree House/Fort in Washington State.

    I can't find any more photos on this one, but its just friggin' fabulous. I especially love the large bay of windows in the front- which, I'd assume, either face south, or some great view (at least I'd hope so). This tree house has a lot of character, and is referred to as a "temple tree house", perhaps for religious reflection, and for the builder/owners writing/work. Its a simple design overall, but one that is so effective and pleasing to the eye- I just wish we had more trees like that here on the East Coast.

This little structure, while not legally, would make for a great tiny house, or getaway cabin up in the trees, OR the world's coolest kids fort or playhouse!

I hope I can find more on this one! Especially photos!

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

For more on tree houses and tiny houses- check out my book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks"

Monday, February 4, 2013

A mobile sauna/cabin/fort on wheels- pulled by a BICYCLE!

This one's a bicycle camper/trailer, but one functioning as a SAUNA (notice the sillouettes of many people within?). I'm sure its ultra light weight (to be pulled by a bike), and its shaped like a big fat bullet so that its somewhat aerodynamic. Very fun/unique! I'd imagine/guess that the back wall is made/cut from a single sheet of thick plywood- meaning, the whole structure is no wider than 4'  If you look towards the front of the trailer, you'll notice a tiny little smoke stack, and the pile of burning wood on the ground outside.

This one, being so light in weight, would also make for a GREAT tree house too....