Derek “Deek” Diedricksen Shares His Building Tips

I came across this funny yet extremely informative video at the relaxshacks website. Both this video and the site have got a heap of useful information on how to build small places (read treehouses) with very little money, a lot of resourcefulness, and an environmental mind.

If you’re thinking about building a treehouse (or even just a tiny retreat), this is six minutes of your life you’re going to be happy you spent. The host, Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, shares a lot from what is obviously a deep well of building, buying and design know-how.

One of the things he excels at is efficiency in every sense of the term. Take for instance his method of making the fewest cuts by building with full-length 8-foot 2x4s, which saves both the time and work involved in cutting and moves you directly to the assembly stage from the word go. Oh yeah, it also saves you from having any waste wood, which is a win-win for the landfills and the trees – how sweet is that?

Derek also shows you how to make your place as open as possible to the sun, yet protected from the elements. He’s designed his tiny structure for use as a greenhouse, but it makes an excellent windowed treehouse. He even thought to use darker stones in the floor to capture and hold the sun’s heat for maximum warmth and natural heating efficiency. Talk about getting down to the details!

I don’t know about you but this video makes me feel like I can build one heck of a gorgeous yet simple treehouse. How about you?


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