Island Tree House

Coastal Maine

Architecture: David Matero Architecture

Builder: Brent Akins, Housewright Craftsman

Interior Photos: Darren Setlow Photography

On the Maine coast, a 350-square-foot tree house/play house awaits a family for the summer. The original intention was for a tree house built in the trees, but none on the property could handle the structure. Instead, the tree house, nestled within the trees, perches on a precipice on the water side high off the ground.

Intentional use of all-natural material further blends the structure into the landscape. Featuring oil-dipped western red cedar shingles, shakes, and trim, the Adirondack-style architecture also adds to the natural setting and will be reinforced with future branch and twig railings.

Built for kids, the tree house is secretly for adults, too. The interior of the tree house is exposed rough-sawn Douglas Fir. The windows allow high light to enter, which was very important to the Owner. The tree house includes a sleeping loft and balcony on the second floor.

The tree house project was featured in DownEast Magazine in August, 2013.