You’ve probably noticed around these parts — and around the green building community as a whole — that big is not in. In fact, some of the top-trafficked articles on MNN in recent weeks revolve around domiciles of all shapes but mostly limited sizes (check out 10 of the smallest homes in the world for an excellent sampling of some of these homes). Recently, NPR jumped on the tiny house trend train with an excellent radio segment/article on Do-It-Yourself Downsizing: How To Build A Tiny House.

Whereas I tend to focus on pint-sized prefabricated structures, the NPR piece, as the title relays, is all about building-it-yourself and it profiles two big names in the DIY tiny house movement: Derek “Deek” Diedricksen and Peter King.

I was unfamiliar with Massachusetts-based Diedricksen and his web series, Tiny Yellow House (aptly described as Wayne’s World meets This Old House) until catching the NPR piece. It’s truly great stuff especially if you like a sense of humor (and bongos) injected into your DIY building tutorials.

Says, Diedricksen of the Gypsy Junker, a “recycled portable cabin-shack-fort-bunkhouse”:
So if you want to have Shaquille O'Neill for a sleepover — I'm not sure why you would — someone up to 7 feet long could fit in this structure. It is possible to sleep three people in here, but just beware if it's family burrito night.
That sound bite have you intrigued? I’ve embedded the first three episodes of Tiny Yellow House above and below. 

Via [NPR]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Tiny home building ... with a dash of Journey
Rock out while learning how to build your own pint-sized retreat with Derek Diedricksen's Tiny Yellow House video series.