Cedar Faerie Tree Palace

This little tree house play structure was really fun to dream up and build. The tree was an old cedar that had been cut down but they left about fifteen feet standing with the idea to build a tree house around it. I took one look at the stump and thought it looked like the stalk of a giant mushroom. So that was the original vision for it. Turns out the engineering involved in realizing that vision would have made it more expensive than the clients wanted to pay for, but it did provide a basic idea for how the structure would be attached to the tree. The deck framing radiates out from the tree stump in a spider web pattern. The posts are either Black Locust, harvested from the nearby woods, or White Oak. Both are very rot resistant. The center post is a Black Locust tree with a Virginia Creeper vine still winding around. The railing is the bottom of the same vine, which must be at least 30 years old. The deck boards are all cedar milled from the very tree that was cut down. This little gem has so many fun architectural moments. I hope it is enjoyed by many generations of kids. 

  • The blank canvas
    The blank canvas
  • This curved white oak log became the perfect stair stringer
    This curved white oak log became the perfect stair stringer
  • The curve of this Virginia Creeper vine made it the perfect handrail
    The curve of this Virginia Creeper vine made it the perfect handrail
  • The structure starts to emerge
    The structure starts to emerge
  • Golden hour sun on the roof sheathing
    Golden hour sun on the roof sheathing
  • The bones of the Faerie Palace
    The bones of the Faerie Palace
  • Luminous
    Luminous
  • The roof line is very whimsical
    The roof line is very whimsical
  • The live edge pine siding is called Adirondack style
    The live edge pine siding is called Adirondack style
  • It looks ready to set sail
    It looks ready to set sail
  • Faeries like color
    Faeries like color
  • Who says windows have to be boring?
    Who says windows have to be boring?