Sangamon Tree House

A tree house is a special kind of place. It should be a playful use of materials in collaboration with the natural surroundings. Trees are living, breathing, beings that need to move and grow. The structure needs to be fully supported, stable, and also interact with the trees supporting it, allowing them to thrive. We solved this problem using an engineered support system called a Garnier Limb. Check them out at www.treehouses.com. The post footings are anchored to the ledge. The front support post is a Black Locust that we cut down on the property. All of the wood is locally harvested, with the exception of the pressure treated frame. 

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  • Garnier limbs support the structure and allow the trees to move. They are minimally invasive to the living tree, and allow the tree to continue to grow for many years.
    Garnier limbs support the structure and allow the trees to move. They are minimally invasive to the living tree, and allow the tree to continue to grow for many years.
  • Fun window framing
    Fun window framing
  • Rough pine sheathing
    Rough pine sheathing
  • Waterproof layer
    Waterproof layer
  • Live edge pine
    Live edge pine
  • Rough vertical pine, cedar trim and reclaimed windows
    Rough vertical pine, cedar trim and reclaimed windows
  • The finished view from inside
    The finished view from inside
  • Blizzard the dog
    Blizzard the dog
  • View from below
    View from below
  • Outside view from the hill top
    Outside view from the hill top
  • Cock a doodle doo
    Cock a doodle doo
  • Magic hour lighting
    Magic hour lighting
  • The deck is 10 feet up at the point
    The deck is 10 feet up at the point
  • Building with live edge trees as posts
    Building with live edge trees as posts
  • Structural ridge is 3" x 12" pine
    Structural ridge is 3" x 12" pine
  • The view from the ground
    The view from the ground
  • Cedar decking is nice on the feet. The fence is 2" x 4" hog fence
    Cedar decking is nice on the feet. The fence is 2" x 4" hog fence
  • This Bass wood tree is growing right up through the deck
    This Bass wood tree is growing right up through the deck
  • Harlan Mack and Luca Danger forged the figure head for the prow. We call it the Owls' Nest
    Harlan Mack and Luca Danger forged the figure head for the prow. We call it the Owls' Nest
  • The frame starts to take shape
    The frame starts to take shape