After hammering cedar siding onto a tiny cabin, husband and wife Chris and Betsy Pecor realized with dismay they had made a mistake. Their mood lifted though when instructor Palo Coleman surveyed the cabin, under construction in a courtyard of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton.
“Any mess-up is fixable, as long as your house is square,” Coleman told the Florida couple. “It’s better to make mistakes here than when you’re building your own home. You’ll always remember it and learn from it.”
The Pecors and 40 others were part of a two-day Tiny Art Cabin Workshop led by Stoughton resident Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, who is at the forefront of the tiny house movement. As host of HGTV’s “Tiny House Builders” and his YouTube channel, Diedricksen has inspired people to travel from all parts of the country to learn from him. Last weekend, the group built a 6-by-8-foot cabin that the museum will use in its education programs and a slightly larger one which the public will have a chance to win on Feb. 29.
“Tiny houses have caught on like wildfire, although it’s still a niche market,” he said. “People like the curb appeal and having a nook of one’s own, a small comfy space. And it’s a response to over-priced and carbon copy housing.”