A Tiny Backyard Retreat: Gardening Shed Meets Campout Cabin

A Tiny Backyard Retreat: Gardening Shed Meets Campout Cabin

Sarah Dobbins
May 18, 2012

David Edrington, from Eugene, Oregon, needed a solution to the growing pile of yard and gardening tools amassing in his garage; over time, the idea of a simple gardening shed evolved into a structure with lots of uses — and lots of character. Using plenty of recycled and vintage building materials, the Edringtons created a small haven in their yard that has become a delight for the whole family.

The inside was kept rustic and authentically dated; exposed studs and horizontal sheathing is a nod to early 20th century building practices, and recycled windows, doors, and brick complement the structure's bones. And upstairs? The dormer windows on both sides house a campout-worthy set of small beds.

This little shelter has proved to be one of the Edrington's favorite features of their backyard; it not only improves the landscape, it allows them to enjoy a cup of tea on the front porch, organize and store all their gardening gear, and host overnight sleepovers for their grandchildren — all in the same spot.

Read More: An Old-Time Garden Shed on Fine Homebuilding

(Images: Kent Peterson for Fine Homebuilding.)

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