Bob Swinburne an Architect from Brattleboro, Vermont wrote to share with me his unique structure called the The FernHouse.
The FernHouse is named for the sea of ferns it floats on for a few months during the Vermont summer. It started out as a tent platform but inspiration hit and the project developed into something more.
There were no plans or model – even though I’m an architect.
The structure is only big enough for a full size futon on a hanging frame, the roof is clear corrugated polycarbonate with wide overhangs and the walls are 2 x 4 studs wrapped with insect screen. bracing is minimal. The entire project took about forty hours and $700 or $800 bucks a few years ago.
It gets used more often for midsummer naps than overnight guests. It is particularly nice during full moons and summer thunderstorms.
See more of Bob’s work on his blog.