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HGTV’s Derek Diedricksen is the king of thinking small

The Tiny House movement—a blend of back-to-the-land practicality and joyful DIY exuberance—shows no signs of slowing down, judging by the career path of Tiny House guru Derek "Deek" Diedricksen.

Known for his Relaxshacks blog and busy roster of how-to workshops, the artist-builder now has his own HGTV show, Tiny House Builder. He’s also got a new book: Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures (Storey Publishing, 2015). It’s a tantalizing picture book documenting jaw-droppingly minuscule dwellings and retreats: from treehouses to wagon-homes on wheels. It even includes plans for six basic buildings.

Thinking of making your own tiny home? Diedricksen says to start collecting materials like windows, doors, spare lumber and fixtures from curbsides and Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Once you’ve found some treasures: be brave! Diedricksen says it’s OK to let your scavenged supplies dictate your ultimate design.