The Little House That Roberta Built

Photography by Kat Alves
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For years, Roberta Walker had dreamed of a little house in the woods—a quiet, peaceful place where she could escape the hurly-burly of her busy city life. In 2017, that dream came true when Walker—a well-known Sacramento landscape designer—built a tiny house in her own backyard.

Nestled at the back of her lushly landscaped quarter-acre lot, the little house feels miles away from urban reality. It’s shaded by a multitude of surrounding trees and screened from the neighbors by a row of clumping bamboo. A flagstone path leads to the house and a serene patio. Just outside the door sits a fenced-in edible garden. A small water fountain supplies soothing sounds.


The house is just 301 square feet, with one large living space and a separate bathroom. Originally, Walker built the tiny house to serve as her office and to provide guest lodgings for visitors. (Now, she also rents it out on Airbnb.) She happily dubbed her magical little hideaway Dragonfly Cottage. “It’s my peace and my solace,” she says.

Roberta Walker

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