As a recent Fair Companies video testifies, Derek "Deek" Diedricksen is a man with many skills and interests. He's a painter, author, musician, teacher and more. But above all, Deek is a builder, a fact that will be on full display when his new TV show "Tiny House Builders" airs this Sunday, December 14th at 1pm EDT on HGTV.
Filmed "deep, deep in the woods" around Lunenberg, MA, Deek said of the show's action: "We're doing things [building a tiny house] the hard way, and at break-neck speed, and all off-grid too, in just four days--so it's just absolutely grueling. But the end product in each episode is something I'm pretty proud of, and the builds and approaches are pretty darn unique."
The show is still in the "sneak-peak" stage according to Deek, with only two episodes produced thus far. Rather than vying for greater notoriety and the show's continuation, Deek seems pretty nonplussed about its future. He's got plenty to keep him busy: doing workshops, playing in bands, publishing a new book ("Microshelters" via Storey Press, due Sept '15) and building tiny offices and shacks for clients.
I for one hope the show makes it. While the tiny house movement is still fraught with a bunch of issues, its praise of all things efficient and DIY and off-grid spirit are great symbols of where our cultural and architectural zeitgeist could go. And Deek is a perfect spokesperson, combining a healthy mix of practical knowledge applied to a new era of resilient tiny housing with a lot of fun, don't-take-me-too-seriously jocularity.
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