09/22 Builder’s tiny houses are big attraction at Clark U. in Worcester, MA

Joel Kalinowski of the IT Department at Clark University checks out the tiny house built by Deek Diedricksen, on display on the Clark campus.

Joel Kalinowski of the IT Department at Clark University checks out the tiny house built by Deek Diedricksen, on display on the Clark campus. The tiny house will remain on the Alden Quad until spring. Photo by Christine Peterson.

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen said his wife is thankful to Clark University for taking on a tiny cabin he built.

The teeny cabin has been placed on Clark’s Alden Quad, where it will remain until the end of the school year. A school official said the micro-shelter will at some point be available for reservations “for conversations and studying,” through the Higgins School of Humanities.

The tiny structure had been in Mr. Diedricksen’s quarter-acre yard in Stoughton, where typically seven or eight projects are underway at any time.

With Mr. Diedricksen’s salvage material that has to be stored and sorted, the yard is often a chaotic mess, he said.

The author, builder and designer of tiny houses gave a lecture called “Think Small” Thursday night in the Higgins Lounge on the Clark campus.

He shared examples of his work and discussed how living small and unconventional building save money and time, especially with salvaged and recycled materials.

Mr. Diedricksen said his background includes traditional building and a lot nontraditional work, which includes “straight up tiny houses,” tiny houses on wheels, legal additions on homes, and a lot of residential home construction.

He said lately he has been building more treehouse projects, and he often uses corrugated polycarbonate, a thinner version of the material used to make safety goggles and bulletproof glass, to trick the mind into thinking the structure is bigger. He said the material is lightweight and affordable.

Incorporating lots of natural light into this type of work is essential, he said.

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