Kids get excited about playing in treehouses, but adults may get even more excited, especially when it becomes their sanctuary and place of refuge. Lynne Knowlton, a designer in Ontario, Canada dreamed of a place of respite and after an unfortunate accident involving a barn and a tornado, the idea sprang to light of a treehouse in the woods. She and her family bought the demolished barn and set about building a two-story treehouse on stilts. Besides the reclaimed wood, they also sourced other materials from friends including a huge red slide that came from an old dismantled playground.
Lynne Knowlton’s, reclaimed material treehouse is a sweet dream for both children and adults. For children, its a playhouse in the trees complete with a slide to make a quick exit. For adults, its a quiet retreat set alongside the treetops above the noise of daily life. Knowlton wanted to create this sanctuary at her home in the countryside outside of Durham, Ontario, Canada. About 2 years ago, a friend of theirs lost their barn in a tornado and rather than see the wood burned or thrown into the landfill, they bought the material. They hired the local Amish to transfer the wood and the roof to their property and then set about building the treehouse.
They began with a simple stilt treehouse base with stairs leading up to a porch and then into a one room house with a loft above. Inside there’s room for a kitchenette, a table, chairs for relaxing, a wooden stove and a space to sleep upstairs. Most of the treehosue was built from the reclaimed barn and the rest they sourced from friends. The kitchenette counter is from an old tree, the wood stove was from their old stone house, and the porcelain sink was from a neighbor’s yard. Knowlton likes to sleep in the treehouse as much as possible to be closer to nature and get away from it all. Read more about her treehouse and other projects on her blog, Design the Life You Want to Live.
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