Choose Your Adventure

The most engaging play spaces? Ones that give kids options. Distinct areas for different kinds of play are key. One benefit of multifaceted structures is that they help integrate a wide range of personalities, from the bookish introvert living next door to the high-energy cousin who can climb anything. Another plus: they are welcoming…

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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.

TOPS Treehouse

Built for the lucky two- to five-year-olds that attend The Orinda Preschool, the TOPS treehouse is a secure way for very young children to experience the highest limbs of a tree. In operation since 1938, The Orinda Preschool’s play-based curriculum offers the children copious amounts of self-directed exploration, and what better…

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