The 0 bedroom, 0 bathroom micro man cave - Offbeat Spaces video

Uploaded by SpacesTV on 18.10.2012


DEREK DIEDRICKSON: My name's Derek Diedrickson.
Right now, we're outside of Boston.
And I'm a carpenter, tinkerer, microarchitecturer.
Something between those lines.

Basically, the start of all this, I think-- when I was a
kid I used to build a lot of forts.
And somewhere around that same point in time, when Nintendo
first came out-- dating myself here--
my parents didn't want me playing it
inside all the time.
So I went out and built my own first, real cabin, with heat,
insulation, electricity, all that.
I was like 10 or so, out in my backyard, just so I could play
video games all the time.
From there, I just liked the whole freedom of just building
these little, quick, turnaround shelters, shanties,
escape pods, I kind of called them.
They're micro-shelters.
If you're working your grind, 9 to 5 job, or you're working
from home, I figure it'd be kind of cool to have an escape
outdoors, where you could get some of your office, quote
unquote, "work" done.
These are the four that are kind of-- it's my mobile home
park of tiny shacks, redneck village.
This one here is called the Boxy Lady, more or less
because it's simply two plywood and recycled cedar
cubes, Legoed, slapped together.
It's a mobile kiosk slash single-sleeper.
This folds up.
This roof piece folds off.
There's another table that folds down.
And you could just wheel it around by a rope, almost like
a wheelbarrow.
It's not that heavy.
It's kind of cool when the sun's out
just to sit in there.
And it actually warms up pretty quick if
you're facing south.

This one here is called the Gypsy Junker because of its
slight resemblance in shape to a gypsy wagon.
This one, except for the roofing and the wheels, is
almost 100% roadside junk.
The old side of my washing machine, found window.
This one's the heaviest of all.
It's on wheels, but it takes two strong men to move.
I got a little carried away when I started building it.
And a lot of these aren't really planned.
So I start building them.
This one got too heavy.
This one's called the Hickshaw.
This is one of the first ones I built more recently.
It's a rickshaw for hicks.
That's where the name came from.
This one's built out of all mill extras, recycled cedar.
It's 7 feet long or so, like 2, 2 and 1/2 feet wide.
A single sleeper, again, but something if you went to
Burning Man Festival, those kind of things, something you
could pull around.
This one here is called the Gotta Get Away.
A lot of these are spur of the moment names.
It was originally called the $100 Homeless Hut.
This is another prototype for a very
simple homeless shelter.
You could build most of this for about $100, even with
store-bought materials.
The poly roofing and pre-cut plywood sides.
Everything's 4 by 4 by 4.

Yeah, I like the whole idea of recycling, scavenging.
There's a certain satisfaction when you find something that
someone's deemed trash, thrown on the side of the road, and
you take it and apply it and build it into something else.

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