A Canadian Treehouse By Designer Lynne Knowlton

A tree house, a free house,
A secret you and me house,
A high up in the leafy branches
Cozy as can be house.

A street house, a neat house,
Be sure to wipe your feet house
Is not my kind of house at all-
Let’s go live in a tree house.”

-Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Lynne Knowlton, a Canadian designer and blogger, gives a new twist to the sustainable trend of reusing materials.

After a tornado left her friend’s barn in ruins, Lynne hired local Amish farmers and relocated the salvaged barn’s structure to her property in the countryside just outside of Durham, Ontario.

The result? Lynne created a charming rustic treehouse that makes most adults feel like a child again.

Photo source by: Lynne Knowlton

Upon a simple stilt base Lynne assembled repurposed materials including a red slide from a dismantled playground, a kitchenette counter crafted from an old tree, a wood stove from her old house, a porcelain sink from a neighbor’s yard, and many other items that she personally collected for this project.

While I personally gravitate towards more symmetric and polished designs, I’m captivated by the undeniable charm and warmth to this rustic space.

Photo source by: Lynne Knowlton

All the personal touches and eclectic elements add visual intrigue to the space Knowlton created, and they also remind us how fun it is to interact with such elements in this unusual setting.

For example, the simple act of opening a window becomes an adventure, since all of them open in different ways: some slide, some pop open, and others open with a rope.

Photo source by: Lynne Knowlton

Photo source by: Lynne Knowlton

Photo source by: Lynne Knowlton

Photo source by: Lynne Knowlton

Embodying the essence of play and the magic of dream, this treehouse contains everything necessary for comfortable seasonal living, and yet it’s far from the ordinary.

Amazingly, this treehouse is available for rent at Trip Advisor, where its 2014 ‘Certificate of Excellence’ confirms its status as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience”.

Are you ready to relive your tree house moment?

Want to learn more about Lynne’s blog? Check out Design The Life You Want To Live!

Researched and Written by Angelina Sangulin, Undergraduate Art History, Human Geography and Urban Studies, University of British Columbia

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