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....

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back At At Walker TREE HOUSE!

Absolutely awesome. It looks like it was built around the remains of a once living tree/extended stump, and if you look it over, its really a fairly simple build- a porthole cut-out for the eye, the appearance-only legs, and a ladder into the backside of the structure. I can't find out who built this- can anybody help?

Friday, January 11, 2013

A tiny, funky, 8' by 8' art shack/studio-shed/fort

Here's one I've been working on....an 8' by 8' guest house/art studio (or kids fort). It still has a ways to go, but I'm getting there.....

I've got more on this one over at relaxshacks.com, my other blog.....

This is also most likely going to be one of about 50 forts, shacks, cabins, and tree houses that'll be part of a NEW book I've been collecting material for- a follow-up, somewhat, of my other book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks".

 -Derek "Deek" Diedricksen