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Doug Abbott of Village Builders says that safety was foremost on his mind when he took on this project, which sits among a small grouping of cedar trees. "I wanted it to be safe for children of all ages, and it was built so that a deck surrounds two sides of the building with a railing, allowing them to play inside or outside," he says.
In a nod to the dumbwaiter systems of the past, "We also extended the ridge of the building out over the deck to allow for a rope and pulley system," Abbott notes, "so that the children could haul their toys in a basket from the ground up to the deck and not have to carry them up the steps."
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Jason Hayburn of Shelter Design Studio says that this treehouse was built for the grandchildren of a couple who live on a wooded lot. Located in a natural clearing, it's constructed out of cedar and has reclaimed windows and a standing-seam metal roof. "The owner wanted the treehouse to look like a quaint cottage in the woods," says Hayburn. "It has an L-shaped floor plan with a half-round deck that connects the two legs. The kids enjoy running up the stairs on one side and then down the stairs on the other."
This is another project by Willig. "I like to interject a little midcentury-modern asymmetry into the design and then let the kids tell me what they want in the way of features — for example, a fireman’s pole, pirate flag, zip line, net, trap doors, et cetera." This multilevel treehouse took longer to build than the previous one, requiring about 10 days of labor by three workers.
This beauty looks almost like a work of art. The caption attached to the photo by landscape designer Karen Aitken pretty much says it all: "Wisteria on Atherton fort."
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