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Be Amongst The Birds.

This exciting, remarkable, structure is described as a ‘tree house’ although it is not strictly so, as it is accessible from the ground and is entirely self supporting.  The client’s brief was to create a structure which felt like a tree house and allowed them to be at tree canopy height to enjoy the beautiful location on the edge of Exmoor.

The location for this treehouse is an incredible former quarry in South Exmoor, Devon.  The stilted treehouse is sited on a shelf set back from a dramatic drop into the disused quarry come unofficial nature reserve. The immediate position of the treehouse is set amongst beautiful oak trees, farmland and wildlife

Surprise elements

We set about framing the view through the treetop canopy and the far reaching Exmoor views beyond. We have taken the idea of a cameras viewfinder and applied that to the customer experience.

As you approach across a bridge walkway to the treehouse they will be teased with glimpses of the view and position. Once inside you are hit with a wall of glass framing the view, nature without missing the drama of the location.

The treehouse interior has a generous kind size bothy style bed, tucked away into the wall of the space, a well equipped kitchenette, log burner surrounded by comfy huggable seating for those inclement days where only a coffee and the warmth of the fire will do.

Moving outside the treehouse it is finished off by a covered terrace with either a exterior shower or roll top bath.

The surprise element for the guest is a compact yet invigorating shower experience. The shower cubicle is enhanced by one wall being a floor to ceiling window onto the woodland view. A place to really let your inhibitions go!

Material Choices

We had two options to explore with this design.

One. To complement the natural surroundings and use materials that nestle the treehouse. We considered using Corten for its beautiful orangey brown hues or timber cladding (silvered or scorched) that will disappear into the habitat.

Two. to present the treehouses in the natural environment through a contrast of material texture and colour using materials like TRESPA , a high pressure laminated timber available is 1000’s of colours.

Construction

We kept the treehouse structure simple and used timber stud panel construction packed full with insulation to balance the costs of creating the structural platform.

Due to the proximity of the tree house to the lip of a former quarry a geotechnical survey was conducted to aid our engineer with the foundation design and performance calculations.

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