Houses to go from leftover scraps

[Derek Diedricksen] builds nomadic houses from left over building materials. Some are large enough to haul behind a vehicle or, in the case of the one above, small enough to tote around like a wheelbarrow. We love them because not only do they reuse material that might commonly hit the landfill, but they look good. Check out the first couple of episodes from the Yellow House series after the break. Then take some inspiration from [Derek's] success and see if you don’t already have enough in your junk pile to get started.

[Thanks Anonymous via NPR]


  1. biozz says:

    sounds like a nice weekend “hay look what i did” project but i dont find it to be that interesting or much of a cool hack

  2. Skitchin says:

    That 1 house(/over glorified shed)above = like 4 deer stands

  3. fartface says:

    Tumbleweed homes already makes these (from new parts not leftovers) and are quite liveable. A friend that decided to live a nomadic life (trust fund) and spend his time as a photographer like ansel adams built one and drags it with him everywhere. Last I knew he was in Wyoming living on a land plot he rents from a farmer.

  4. Terry says:

    Are you actually allowed to officially live in such ‘things’ in the US? what about regulations?

  5. Vonskippy says:

    Meh, I’ll take a lightweight pack tent over those rattraps any day.

  6. biozz says:

    no foundation it does not classify as a house

    that does not make it safe or sane to trust your life to one of these things

  7. The Clerk says:

    it is perfectly legal as a camper trailer sort of thing. Although there are nearly no regulations for that sort of thing.

  8. jakdedert says:

    Wow…tough audience here.

  9. The Clerk says:

    I would be happy to travel in one of these things, much better than one of those ridiculous oversized campers.

  10. Mike Szczys says:

    It only takes one joke-ster to move you while you’re sleeping and ruin an otherwise fun burning man.

  11. Belenos says:

    Isn’t that why they invented Tesla Coils?

  12. anonymous says:

    For years I didn’t even have a car. I rode the bus and invested my money. I bought a modest house in a safe neighborhood. I retired early. I can use the net all day and night or jump on a plane to New Zealand.

    Most of the people I used to work with bought BMWs, Mercedes and fantastic houses. They’ll be working till the day they die.

  13. Admin@webdefend says:

    i thought it was cool

  14. khani3s says:

    Maybe a post about how use a newspaper as a blanket ?

  15. McSquid says:

    its built from junk… nothing new here, however it is done WELL. thats what makes it neat. nice job. id love to visit someone up in VT who had one of these for a guest house.

  16. PKM says:

    @jakdedert: yeah, seriously tough crowd. But then, everyone has their own definition of what is/is not a “hack”, and I think the site tries to be inclusive rather than exclusive so there will always be a few dissenters.

    For me “cool thing made of reused material” is enough, and I love the look and feel of tumbleweed-style houses.

  17. nebulous says:

    @ biozz
    Well, even if built on a foundation, y’all live in cardboard houses anyway. What’s the reason for not building in sensible materials like brick? Crazy Leftpondians… :)

  18. MrCritic says:

    Anyone remember the old Fox comedy series
    “In Living Color” ? The character Antoine ?
    (the homeless guy). He once gave a tour of
    his ‘humble abode’, a set of giant discarded
    appliance boxes taped together. And his
    “bathroom” (complete with floating turd in
    it), was a giant pickle jar. Does this “hack”
    come with a designer pickle jar ? or is it
    a coffee can ?

  19. yup says:

    HA! I remember that episode….then he ATE the ambiguous pickle.

  20. Ren says:

    I couldn’t get the video on the site to work.
    But I’ll probably build one using scrap, and my daughter will think it’s her playhouse.

  21. El Tejon says:

    Good stuff… and it has a use. Helps when you have the right tools. But I learned that gem from Norm Abrams.

  22. relaxshax says:

    Thanks/Ouch- depending on the reply…lol.
    More or less that one particular structure was designed as a more-durable, portable, single sleeper- a wooden tent of sorts- built on a budget, and no so much a “small house”. I’ve built a few other structures on the same idea, all in other “Tiny Yellow House” videos…and I have an episode on the way covering my VT cabin- 250 square feet or so.

    Anyway, real cool site here- and thanks to whoever for posting my link/video here- much appreciated!

    -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

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