Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Most Amazing Treehouse Ever

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The Most Incredible Kids' Tree House You'll Ever See?
Frankly, it's hard to believe its actually a tree house at all.

Duck your head to enter this unforgettable Dallas wonderwork, lovingly crafted with imaginative delights

Sarah Greenman
Artist, freelance writer, home tour contributor for Houzz, designer, actor,... More »

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Steve and Jeri Wakefield had the idea nine years ago to build an elaborate tree house for their grandsons, Lincoln and Sullivan Scott, in their Dallas backyard. They hired architect and family friend James Curvan to craft a whimsical playhouse with steeply pitched gables, multilevel decks and staircases. To keep pace as their grandsons grew, the Wakefields added exciting upgrades, including a climbing wall, rope ladder, suspension bridge and zip line.

"To make a good tree house, you have to think like a kid and take care of the tree," Curvan says. A series of steel posts, which Curvan painted the color of bark, support the child-size structure, while a giant pecan tree grows through the house but does not bear any weight. With their grandsons all grown up now, the Wakefields invite children from all over the neighborhood to their tree house mansion to play king or queen for a day.

Project at a Glance
Owners: Steve and Jeri Wakefield
Location: Dallas
Size: 100 square feet; 2 exterior decks, 2 sleeping lofts and a crow's nest
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The Wakefields' grandsons were in preschool when Curvan built the tree house. "Some kids have a hard time with ladders, so I created a staircase with four landings," the architect says. "That way even little ones can feel secure and safe on their way to the top."
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The main floor is laid out like a typical adult home, complete with kitchen, hearth, seating, storage and sleeping spaces. The Wakefields lovingly collected the furniture and decor over the years. Their favorite place for vintage toys and children's furniture is First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas.

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