This tiny backyard retreat was created by sustainable building advisor Megan Lea. Being a sustainable building advisor it’s no surprise that several reclaimed elements were incorporated into it’s design.
The exterior is clad with salvaged 100-year-old barnwood from Barnwood Naturals, based in West Salem, who also composed the arrangement of timbers for the façade. The façade is the most striking element of this cosy getaway, and the hand-selected timbers with faded red paint contrasts with the grey weather beaten boards to create a warm, inviting character. The copper roofing is also reclaimed – it was a Craigslist find from a local house that was being updated.
Backyard retreats seem to be growing in popularity, and they’re often constructed to create a home studio or a retreat. For example the UK’s Archipods can be used to add an additional living space to your home. Sarah Deeds, an architect from Oregon, decided to undertake the design and construction of her own studio, with the help of a friend. And last, but not least, the Forest Pond House is a perfect example of a tranquil retreat.
Overall, Lea’s retreat has a footprint of just 11′ by 14′, which is enough to provide Megan with a functional extra living space for entertainment, work, or relaxing. Could you do with a miniature retreat in your backyard? I’d add a bathroom and kitchen and move in!