One Tree House

This is the tale of a small home being built from one tree that fell nearby during a powerful storm. The tree was perfectly healthy too, no rot, so it was sad to see it taken down by the storm – but Nancy made good use of it. With the help of a logger the tree was cut into lumber right there on the spot and this small 450 square foot cabin was built almost entirely from the tree. Here’s a quote from Michael Litchfield’s Fine Homebuilding article:

“Weakened by a gale that had blown all day, an immense fir tree up on the ridge suddenly snapped like a giant wooden match. Its top half smacked the ground so hard that a hundred yards away Nancy felt her house bounce. That may sound like a tall tale, but it was a lot of tree.

The fir was so big, in fact, that you could build a small house from it. In short order, Nancy found a local builder with a knack for making small spaces charming and livable, swapped services with a local architect, roughed out a set of plans, and had the fir milled on-site into just about every piece of wood she would need.”

The house has a small bedroom alcove off the main living room. A small kitchen tucks into the corner of the same large room. A full bathroom shares a wall with the kitchen and laundry room can be found off the deck out back. The entire story can be found in Michael Litchfield’s book In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats.

Update: A quick look at the floor plan.




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