This amazing tree house raises the bar pretty high for a play space.
Constructed by architect James Curvan, the clients’ focus, obviously, was on children. Their grandchildren must have wanted to come over every weekend for a stay at this Texas tree house.
Taking 3 months to build it was a group effort between the architect, family members and the owners, Steve and Jeri Wakefield. At 100 square feet this playful design includes 2 decks, 2 lofts with room for sleeping and features a crow’s nest.
Unlike many tree houses with just a ladder access, this one has a staircase, ladders, climbing equipment, a slide and an interesting walkway.
The main floor includes all of the amenities. A beautiful, rainbow colored stained glass window tops off the space.
Good enough for an adult to lounge around in, apparently minus a low back doorway.
Jeri Wakefield is an artist who creates with found objects, which are shown throughout the tree house. The owners collected vintage finds and furniture, and have also repurposed items for using in the tree house. It also includes favorite things and trinkets from family members.
Many objects are reclaimed including the wood, scrap metal and stone that were used. The windows were manufacturer samples and the front window was salvaged. Even the wood used in the framing underneath the window is from a Victorian period bed. The front door is from an old church organ. Vintage hardware finds are also displayed like doorknobs, faucets and an oldschool telephone for pretend calls. Making it extra safe, the architect used Plexiglas in the windows in the main area, even detailing them with an etched glass appearance created with a hand saw.
The tree is even cool, and was considered in the design as it was built on a structured base that is able to slide and expand with the tree’s growth.
A few other details not to be missed are a child only zip line and functioning mission bells from New Mexico.
It is even air conditioned. Oh, and the refrigerator works, too. There is also a functioning light, so if you forget to bring up the flashlight it’s no big deal.
It even gets decked out for the Christmas holiday.
Wow. This tree house is on a whole different level than the forts made from cardboard boxes and sheets that I romped around in.
Lucky grandkids, indeed. And a great example of how saving and repurposing can pay off big.
Images are from Sarah Greenman and are courtesy of Houzz.
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