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Two tots in Attleboro, Massachusetts got a treehouse right out of Swiss Family Robinson, thanks to their handy grandfather, Jay Hewitt. The three-story abode snakes around a giant old tree on the family’s property, complete with elevated porches and sturdy staircases. Hewitt constructed the 40- foot treehouse largely from construction waste, including old windows and reclaimed timber.


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Hewitt’s young grandchildren, ages 5 and 4, were not treated to the traditional stark plywood treehouse to play in. Instead, their grandfather made the kids an elevated dream home, with comfy and enclosed quarters that can protect against the elements, and also warrant a safe and sturdy place to sleep over. Clad mostly from timber, Hewitt built levels of porches for overlooking the yard, sleeping lofts, cozy places to read and even an enclosed spiral slide for a quick escape during games of tag.

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The dreamy treehouse is sound thanks to four large maple trees on the Hewitt’s property, as well as architectural supports designed by Hewitt, who is a licensed contractor. Outside, the treehouse looks more like a luxury country cabin, lined with natural color timber shingles. Inside, the kids can traverse floors on full-sized staircases and a raw birch ladder leading to the third floor loft, made from felled trees from Hewitt’s father’s property.

The exquisite treehouse also has electricity — but no indoor plumbing. Hewitt has put his house and treehouse up on the market, but if it doesn’t sell, he plans to expand next year with a walkway to a viewing platform across the yard.

via The Sun Chronicle

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