Measuring Twice…

Measuring-trip-6-27-cThe old carpentry adage “Measure twice, cut once is particularly applicable when you are building a treehouse around irregularly shaped trunks. For this Healdsburg project, we head out to a gorgeous grove of redwoods to get initial measurements to work with during the design process. The super precise stick-out won’t happen until later in the process, after design plans have been finalized.
Measuring-trip-6-27-bThese magnificent coastal redwoods, the tallest trees on the planet at over 350 feet, make an idyllic setting for a treehouse. This picture gives you a sense of the monumental scale of these giants.

idea 1 sketch-2In consultation with the family, Barbara then uses the figures from the measuring expedition to create a possible design. Here, she uses the elevation change and height of the trees to create a treehouse reminiscent of an enchanted cottage in the woods. Complete with hanging bridge, rope ladder, wrap-around deck and two welcome flags, the only thing missing is a fun fairy-tale color palette.

Pasadena Stick-Out

Idea 1 photo Sketch

Every custom structure that we build begins with a site visit and some creative brainstorming. The family describes their needs and Barbara looks at any unusual or challenging features of the outdoor space. In this case, drastic changes in elevation were the key features to work around. Above, Barbara has…

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