Derek Diedricksen has loved tiny homes since he read Lester Walker’s “Tiny Tiny Houses” as a ten year old. It was the same year he built his first “non-fort tiny house” (complete with insulation, electricity, bunk beds), mowing lawns to raise the money for the two-by-fours. [ His book “Microshelters”: http://www.amazon.com/Microshelters-Creative-Cabins-Houses-Structures/dp/1612123538/ ]
Nearly three decades later and he’s still building and has turned his childhood passion into a career. He runs one of the original tiny house blogs (relaxshacks.com), has authored a graphic novel/ DIY instruction manual “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts”, hosts tiny house building workshops (his next is Nov 22-23 in Carolina Beach, NC), builds tiny shelters/treehouses for clients and even raps about the genre (e.g. in his music video Lollipop Fort of Death).
Deek’s site: relaxshacks.com
His videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/relaxshacksDOTcom