A Portland Designer Revamps Her Backyard With a Peaceful ADU and a Tiny Tree House

See how architectural designer Grey Shaeffer of Willa Work transformed the space with two dreamy retreats.

After working on a few house flips for a real estate firm, architectural designer Grey Shaeffer was looking for a new creative outlet—and she found it in her own backyard. In 2018, the designer started drawing plans for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and office to be built behind her home in Portland, Oregon.

Join Dwell+ to Continue

Subscribe to Dwell+ to get everything you already love about Dwell, plus exclusive home tours, video features, how-to guides, access to the Dwell archive, and more. You can cancel at any time.

Try Dwell+ for FREE

Already a Dwell+ subscriber? Sign In


Last Updated