The $200, 24-Square-Foot House

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Welcome to the world of redneck, super-cheap, wonderfully bizarre, environmentally-friendly home design.

The NY Times profiles Derek Diedricksen, a carpenter, home inspector, Northeastern University grad, radio DJ, member of a Rage Against the Machine tribute band, and author (of comic books and his own DIY building guide, Humble Homes Simple Shacks Cozy Cottages Ramshackle Retreats Funky Forts). Deek, as he’s known, also builds cabins and “microhouses” on the cheap (under $200 generally), and shows off his creations on a YouTube series called “Tiny Yellow House.”

The Times story features a photo of the “Gypsy Junker,” a portable cabin made with roughly 90% discarded (i.e., free!) materials, including fancy wine bottle windows and a table crafted from an old washing machine. Here’s the ever-entertaining Diedricksen giving a tour: