I don’t read nearly as many books as I should nor nearly as many as I would like to. When I do get enough time to sit and enjoy a little literary time I usually get heavy in the eyes (because I am finally resting) and the book takes a slouch half on my hip and half on the chair I am in. When I do keep my eyes open though I find myself either reading the same line over and over without any real comprehension or I find myself wondering what I just read! So it serves to reason that a book like Derek Diedricksen‘s latest offering Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures – with its candor and palatability, grabs a hold of my attention. (doesn’t hurt that includes floor plans, great photos, and some of those odd sketches Deek is known for!)
In the introduction to his new book, Microshelters, tiny house superstar Derek “Deek” Diedricksen asks the question, “What’s with the ‘tiny’ obsession?” An alt-culture phenomenon, tiny homes are in the news, building workshops take place all over the country, and builders continually take their art to the extreme. Tiny home building has even been spoofed on Portlandia! Once readers start browsing through the pages of Microshelters, the answer to Diedricksen’s question becomes readily apparent — tiny structures are just plain cool!
From basic to brain-bending, Microshelters offers a stunning photographic survey of 59 of the most creative and awe-inspiring designs for little cabins, tiny houses, “shoffices” (shed-offices), kids forts and playhouses, homes on wheels, treehouses, guest huts, backyard retreats, garden follies, and even simple shacks. The curated collection includes work by some of the leading bloggers, architects, and designers in the “tiny” field. What they all have in common is a flair for creative design and the ability to innovatively maximize the use of space within a minimal footprint.
But more than just a coffee-table book, Microshelters is filled to the rafters with tips, floor plans, concept sketches, step-by-step building plans, guidelines for utilization of recycled and salvaged materials, and inspired decorating ideas that will be useful to newbies and experienced makers alike. Whether looking for a building challenge, less financial risk, or a smaller environmental footprint, readers will enjoy Diedricksen’s fresh perspective and unique vision. It will have them rethinking their relationship to material goods, how they spend their time and dollars, and the amount of space needed to lead truly fulfilling lives.