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Modern Treehouse 1/8

The base was built off-site. The platform rings were created by laminating and bending pieces of marine plywood. Vertical Cedar uprights were keyed into the ring to create a vertical structure.

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Modern Treehouse 2/8
Modern Treehouse 2/8

The interior was left unfinished to show the beautiful timber structure, which is as intricate as the inside of a traditionally built boat. It gives the impression of being inside a hollowed out tree trunk.

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Modern Treehouse 3/8
Modern Treehouse 3/8

A ship’s ladder provides access to the second floor deck.

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Modern Treehouse 4/8
Modern Treehouse 4/8

Zen with a View: Whether the homeowners are practicing yoga on the floor or sitting in a chair, there is always a panoramic view of the park-like, riverside property.

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Modern Treehouse 5/8
Modern Treehouse 5/8

For safety, panes of tempered glass are sandwiched between lumber, giving the impression that the glass floats above the deck. This encloses the upper floor without impeding the view.

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Modern Treehouse 6/8
Modern Treehouse 6/8

The back wall of the “tree” is wrapped in Willow bark shingles. The outer walls of the tree house on the second floor are covered in zinc shingles, creating a rustic, yet modern structure.

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Modern Treehouse 7/8
Modern Treehouse 7/8

Left: Detail of how the house structure emerges from the tree "trunk." Right: The tree "embraces" the treehouse, supporting the second floor platform.

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Modern Treehouse 8/8
Modern Treehouse 8/8

Designed to provide a play space for grandchildren and a quiet sanctuary for the homeowners, this modern take on a tree house needed to match the style of the home while blending into the environment.

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Modern Treehouse
Modern Treehouse

New construction; Wrightstown, Wisconsin. Modern Home, Modern Treehouse: The design of the tree house reflects the design of the existing home on the left, while the unfinished interior gives the impression of the inside of a hollowed out tree.

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"Truly a WOW project — extremely creative, not only from a design standpoint, but also wonderfully creative use of materials. Just love this project — every detail from start to finish is perfect!!!"
2018 NARI Milwaukee RotY Judge

2020 NARI National Contractor of the Year Winner for Residential Detached Structure, new construction; Wrightstown, Wisconsin: From concept to reality, this complex project was a multifaceted challenge. This modern take on a tree house needed to match the style of the home that sits nearby, while blending into the natural setting. It was designed to provide a play space for visiting grandchildren and a quiet sanctuary with a view of the river for the homeowners. It would need to withstand the weather, specifically westerly winds.

A tree was chosen in a wooded area not far from the house. The tree house platform had just been built when a record-breaking tornado in 2017 destroyed it and the tree. A year later, the homeowner still dreamed of a tree house. Other locations were considered, but the first location was the best
. The solution was to create a structure that emulated the form of the tree while reflecting the modernity of the home.

The finished project defies expectations — of a child’s tree house, of modern architecture and a nature retreat. Whether the homeowners are practicing yoga on the floor or sitting in a chair, there is always a panoramic view of the park-like, riverside property. For the children, the possibilities are endless — the tree house could be a boat on the high seas, a frontier fort or a space ship bound for Mars. The design encourages the imagination at any age.

Modern Treehaus: Defying Traditions and Expectations

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A wall-mounted fireplace was used to bring extra warmth and ambiance in the bathroom.

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