Theresa and David, a couple from Wisconsin, were sitting in their backyard one day looking out into their property and noticed that their favorite tree was starting to die. It was an enormous elm tree in the center of their yard. The tree had succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease, which was killing the branches of the tree one by one. The tree was still very solid at the base and the larger branches were still very strong so they decided to create something very special to enjoy. They cut off the dead branches and were left with what looked like a giant stump with limbs climbing into the sky. It wasn’t the prettiest site but they had plans to make it nothing short of magical. With a lot of research and the help of their friends they undertook a project that stunned everyone. Take a look.
Theresa and David worked closely with their friends to come up with the perfect design. Every detail had to be perfect.
After their ideas had culminated into one perfect plan, David got to work on the drawings.
With their plan set in place, they got to work by building a frame around the once massive elm tree.
During their free time, they gathered materials and started to shape their vision with skill and hard work.
Their friends offered their talents and wanted to be a part of the build. After all, they would be using it as well.
With the base built, they had a platform to work from so they could safely reach the top of the tree.
Their measurements would have to be perfect if this was going to line up with the rest of the project.
Yes thats a second level being built high up in the limbs of the elm.
Theresa started working on decorations and things to make this structure feel less rugged and more comfortable.
A view from the top.
With the main frame completed and the walls standing, they were tired but not quite finished. Now it was time for the finish work.
Including a very detailed roof. They didn’t want it to look brand new though so they aged the boards or used reclaimed wood where possible.
Inside, Theresa and her friends started to add a personal touch to the structure.
These guys know exactly what they’re doing. I’m impressed so far!
On the first level, they hung antique jars turned into lights. Built a table and used the cut branches as stools.
Inside they hung a giant chandelier made from collected antlers around the area. The windows were cut around the branches making the elm a focal point like it was before it was hit with Dutch elm disease.
Here is a view looking down from the spacious loft
They have an adult tree house unlike any other and enjoy spending time with their friends each evening in this gorgeous place right in their back yard.
What more could you ask for in a quiet getaway place?
If I could have a treehouse in my backyard I’d like to think it would look something a lot like this. This is one of the most comfortable tree houses I’ve ever seen. I think they balanced the elements of nature with the comforts of home perfectly. The unique lighting brings it all together and accents the yard perfectly. This place stands out but is by no means an eye sore. Good job Theresa and David, I love what you’ve done with the place.
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