Tiny homes are becoming more ubiquitous as the movement picks up steam, and the king of tiny homes, Derek Diedricksen, just finished a new 8’ by 8’ cabin that gives new meaning to the term "bare bones minimalism." The Rock Bottom is a serene off-grid cabin deep in the woods of Northern Vermont, and its moniker stems from not only its meager construction budget of $300, but also its location next to a large boulder that's the same size as the home.
The construction cost of the Rock Bottom Cabin was incredibly low thanks to Diedricksen’s deft scrap scavenger abilities. In fact, most of the cabin is made up of recycled parts and creatively reused construction materials. A “Pet-Peek” dome window was given a new respectable use as the eye of the cabin, giving an open, curious character to the structure. The front deck was repurposed from an abandoned fence wall that was reinforced with several free two-by-fours in order to establish a peaceful and stable outdoor area.
The tiny cabin is designed as an off grid wilderness haven, offering a seasonal retreat in the woods and even a backwoods library of sorts for visitors. Lit with just a Coleman lantern and a few candles and oil lamps, the home has zero electricity, although the cozy micro structure does emit light upward thanks to clear polycarbonate roofing, which gives the cabin a lantern-like appearance in the middle of the wilderness.
Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s commitment to the tiny home movement has inspired many to downsize their own living quarters. He is currently working on a new book featuring many tiny structures including The Rock Bottom. His previous DIY tiny shelter and cabin book, “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” remains a favorite among the movement’s many members.