A couple of enormously lucky grandsons get to play in this unbelievable treehouse, which was built exclusively for them by their grandparents! Steve and Jeri Wakefield, hired architect James Curvan to design a multi-level treehouse complete with decks, pitched roofs, decks, suspension bridge, and a zip line. Steel posts support the arboreal mansion which sits upon a sliding base, as not to harm the giant pecan tree growing through the entire structure. Adorned with a myriad of found objects and antiques, the treehouse is a fantastic combination between formal architecture and child-like imagination. Read on to behold the enchanting details of this majestic abode in Dallas, Texas.
The Wakefield treehouse is a sight to behold. Walking into the playhouse, an enormous rainbow stained glass window casts colored light across the foyer. The interior is outfitted with tables, chairs, a play kitchen, a working refrigerator, and an antique telephone. A reclaimed window looks over the property from a higher level, and adds some light to a reading nook with a hardwood seat, framed by the arched ceiling. Reclaimed wood, a glass window, and an old light fixture create a warm glow in a space situated between the gabled roofs. The back door opens onto one of the structure’s many decks, allowing for a beautiful view and a patio where the children can rest on child-sized cafe furniture.
The decorative details of the Wakefield treehouse are numerous. The front door is constructed from a repurposed church organ! Curvan was able to take advantage of Jeri Wakefield’s collection of antique hardware, using an old Sinclair Oil doorknob and spigots to create imaginary water, tea, and milk taps. Scrabble pieces affixed to the back door tell adults to watch their heads as they move through the frame, obviously designed to accommodate children. The children are able to move around the levels and to a crow’s nest by way of a suspension bridge, staircases, and rope ladders. A wonderful example of architecture and an outpouring of love, the treehouse is a beautiful tribute to the importance of play and creativity.
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