House of Tree

house of tree

My client will soon plant a hedge of bay laurel to camouflage the front of the tower

Though not technically a ‘tree house’ because it makes no connection to any tree, the elevated cabin I designed for a local client has all of the hallmarks of one: 360 degree views through the trees, rustic accommodations, no utilities, and a feeling of being apart from everything but closer to nature. The structure is fully permitted, utilizing an innovative system of helical anchors and tension/compression diagonal bracing. I called it a ‘Free-Standing Observation Tower’ on the plans, but my client has taken to calling it the more poetic  ‘House of Tree’.

It’s been very exciting watching the structure take shape as it nears completion under the capable hands of Tom Holland and Richard Ernst. By the end of October, we should have windows and doors installed, a roof in place, siding from redwood milled on the property, and all stairs, landings and rails in place. My client is eager to furnish the interior before the rains begin.

treehouse view

view to the southeast (shot with my phone)

To read more about the development of ‘House of Tree’, please click here and scroll down.


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