Hanging Out

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 | Category: Small Spaces

Who loves a fun treehouse more than a kid?  Well, adults of course!  When Teresa Surratt and David Hernandez bought a 1920s resort in the beautiful forested regions of Wisconsin, the property was naturally quite woody.  One tree, however, was particularly special.  A year and a half after the couple acquired the property, Hernandez’s father died, yet had indelibly made his mark by christening one large tree with a tire swing.  They then found out that the tree had been diagnosed with Dutch elm disease, yet instead of cutting this special tree down they decided to convert what was intact into a treehouse.  Camp Wandawega, as the resort was called, has been turned into an adult arts camp, and the construction of the treehouse was completed by collaborating artisans.

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13 Comments to 'Hanging Out'

Lisa 01 Jun 11 at 2:14 pm

That is truly amazing! It looks so rustic & beautiful- I want to be there right now!!!!!!!!!!!

Jessie@www.mixandchic.com 01 Jun 11 at 9:46 pm

I love tree houses (never have one though) when I was a kid and I still love them now. Awesome images!

martin@ antique fire screens 02 Jun 11 at 1:35 am

It was a very cool design. Would never imagine a tree house would look that good. I like most that it has min library or book shelves on top cause i enjoy reading a lot.

karen 02 Jun 11 at 8:49 am

I love this treehouse, one of my favorite books is called, (I think) “The treehouse” which shows a treehouse designer’s best work. He creates treehouses like this and has some amazing ideas. Love this one though, it is exactly how I would want to make design one.

Rose 02 Jun 11 at 10:53 am

For some reason, reminded me of some of Carlos Mota’s work– he’s a stylist and International Style Editor for Architectural Digest. Check out this article about him on Theodora & Callum’s blog, it’s a fun read: http://www.theodoraandcallum.com/blog/cat/creative-factory/post/my-faves-carlos-mota/

3d renderings 02 Jun 11 at 1:34 pm

Wow thats the tree house we all wanted as kids

Stephanie 03 Jun 11 at 7:57 pm

Such a great idea and it turned out amazing! This is the kind of treehouse I dreamed about when I was a little girl!

Alex Heuvel 09 Jun 11 at 7:59 pm

What an amazing tree house! I wouldn’t have thought it was possible, but it looks stable and it looks like alot of fun.

Bea 11 Jun 11 at 3:28 am

Who wouldn’t love a retreat like that! It goes to my bucket list!

Kerry Rossow 20 Jun 11 at 7:38 am


Andy Morris 02 Jul 11 at 5:00 pm

This is an awesome Tree House, makes the one I built look anemic!

barbara howard 25 Aug 11 at 5:43 pm

Happy Tree. But how do you make the bed?

ann pauley 04 Jul 13 at 1:19 pm

love this idea of a girls getaway treehouse!

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