Collection by Erika Heet

Tiny Backyard Retreats


From a nature writer’s off-the-grid Puget Sound getaway to a Texan’s shipping container guesthouse, these retreats may inspire you to make that backyard retreat you’ve been dreaming of a reality.

This small writer's retreat on San Juan Islands, Washington completely exposes the interior to the site’s impressive...
The studio’s redwood siding was milled from trees salvaged from a road-widening project in Sonoma County, California.
Though the retreat is clearly meant to afford the solitude writing so often requires, Kathleen reports that "it's very...
The storefront windows were less expensive than residential windows and provide guests with views to the grand outdoors...
Megan Lea built a backyard retreat with reclaimed materials figuring prominently into the design.
A recycled barndoor track and wheels affords privacy behind a siding covered panel.
The architect and his team devised an armature on the back of the container that will eventually be covered with vines,...

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