Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is a self-proclaimed lover of all things tiny home. The Massachusetts-based builder is the author of numerous tiny home books… [including his latest] Microshelters [which] features 59 of the country’s most creative small structures—cabins, tree houses, stilted shelters, backyard huts, and tiny homes on wheels.
Here, BUILDER talks with Diedricksen about the ever-more trending movement. From space-saving design tips to cost-effective construction materials, the tiny home enthusiast offers words of wisdom for builders and architects alike…
What kind of designs are trending in tiny homes right now?
We’re seeing a lot of Gambrel roofs so as to maximize the loft space in a tiny house. Aesthetically, I’m not a huge fan of this option, but it does make spatial sense. I also see more and more people trending towards tansu steps—mini-staircases that double as storage—almost like a “stacked box” array of steps. These can look great and provide a good amount of storage. We’re starting to see almost an overabundance of dormer work in the roofs of tiny homes on wheels, and I caution people to not get too carried away—especially if you’re going to occasionally travel with your home. Dormers result in the potential for failed flashing work and eventual leaks, but not only that, they stand as another less aerodynamic, and wind-bulldozing feature of the home when on wheels.