Bjon Pankratz and his wife, Laurel of Franklin, Tennessee decided that their two young children Silas and Eisley needed a treehouse. That said, not just any old treehouse would do. This spectacular treehouse features two stories, lights and more. Plus, constructing this treehouse became a building affair that involved the entire family. Keep reading to learn more.
A family affair
Laurel, a professional photographer, captured the treehouse project in photos, from start to finish and writes on her website, “For those of you who don’t know how amazing my husband is, here is a glimpse… I always wanted a treehouse as I was growing up and never got the chance to have one, so when he told our kids last year that he would build one for them, I made him deliver on that promise! It took him a bit longer than expected because he is a perfectionist and a beautiful designer, so it evolved as he built it. But, the end result was definitely worth it. The kids are thrilled and I am so proud of him.”
This amazing treehouse took many months to prepare for and build. Bjon tells American Profile, “I had no idea what it was going to look like. When I started, I was thinking I’d build something that looked like a glorified deer stand.” Clearly, that didn’t happen. Instead Bjon allowed the design to evolve with input from his family — including collecting reuse building materials whenever possible.
American Profile notes that Bjon says, “The special moments for me were when the kids were helping me build it.” His daughter helped cut wood and paint the treehouse floor while his son helped out with the framing.
The end result: this fabulous and spacious two-story treehouse, complete with beautiful windows and doors, a patio and balcony, electric lights that light up the backyard at night, and even an awesome tree growing right up through the center of the treehouse. Visit Laurel’s Eilas blog to see even more gorgeous images of this treehouse and the building process.