Reader Project: Oversize Tree House

When Tom Beerley built this tree house for his kids, his ambitions were bigger than the tree. So he came up with a hybrid design.

When Tom Beerley built this tree house for his kids, his ambitions were bigger than the tree. So he came up with a hybrid design: About half is supported by the tree; the other half is supported by posts, just like a deck. But building around a tree is slow, fussy work. Tom spent a whole summer of weekends, evenings and vacations on his “masterpiece.”

“It’s quite a landmark in our town. When I tell people where I live, they say, ‘Oh, the place with the tree house.’ ” – Tom Beerley

Tree house and deck

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