Seattle Treehouse is a Wonderful Retreat for Kids and Adults Alike

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The Hale-Edmonds chose the property because of its low-cost (their budget was under $25K) and its proximity to their plot in a community garden — not to mention the surrounding nature. The challenging site didn’t daunt them, and after many designs Hale settled on a cantilever-like plan, which set part of the house flush with the tree boughs. The open design is a dream for children and adults alike that focuses on bringing the family together.

Hale covered the exterior with asphalt roll roofing to mimic the surrounding tree bark and installed hammocks on the decks to complete the treehouse effect. The windows and porches peek right into nature, and the girls’ room windows are set within a tree — one year the girls were delighted to find their room afforded them a view of a squirrel nest.

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