“The Wolfe’s Den” Treehouse

Deek (Derek) Diedricksen just posted his latest Tiny Yellow House video and I thought you would enjoy viewing it.

This triangular treehouse was assembled in the Catskills over two weekends, and stands as one of the larger projects Deek’s tackled for the show. His only given parameters for the design: “It must receive a good deal of natural light, and have enough space to sleep two (floor space).”

I think Deek fulfilled these requirements. Don’t you?

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cj - December 23, 2011 Reply

Good call on the deck and I like the roof but I especially like the idea of the viewing glass above the birds.

Benjamin - December 23, 2011 Reply

I don’t know about calling a house on stilts a treehouse just because it’s leaning against a tree. When I was a kid we built our treehouses IN the trees.

Deek - December 24, 2011 Reply

Well, its not just “leaning” against a tree- but I don’t wholly disagree with you- and yeah, it kinda brings up the age old tired/cliche debate about allowing pole and support use in treehouses vs. not. I actually do mostly feel that true tree houses are only supported by trees and trees alone- and this was actually the plan with this one initially- it was to be tree and cable (from other trees) supported. There are usually just so many factors which don’t always make this possible- especially when its a “Larger than a usual kid’s treehouse”.
When we got to truly scout the site, aside from a few photos we saw, none of the trees were sizeable enough, nor were enough of them close enough together- so, we had to go to plan B. At this point, from posts wayyyy back, the project already had the name “The Wolfe’s Den Treehouse”, so we just kept it.

Its a tough debate, half of Pete Nelson’s structures have pole supports, and he’s pretty much one of the bigger names in that genre (having released numerous treehouse books), so to some, by this judgement they “wouldn’t be treehouses”- Which I don’t feel is the case. Again, so many factors…and in the Northeast, we also don’t have many of the HUGE trees the other coast has.
-Deek

    Benjamin - December 24, 2011 Reply

    Good reasons. (Safer to be nearer the ground too.)

    I’ve often wondered what it is like to be in a real treehouse when the winds get strong.

alice h - December 24, 2011 Reply

Close enough for me, wish I had one. I have a couple of trees that might be big enough for a ‘real’ treehouse, got some good ideas from this one.

Melody - December 24, 2011 Reply

I love the natural light! Very solid, beautiful house. Do you know why more people don’t make clear roofs? I’ve even seen glass roofs to look up at the stars through. I’ve always wondered why people with no attics, didn’t just have it see-thru. It looks polished and modern and natural all at the same time. I love it!

    Benjamin - December 24, 2011 Reply

    Clear roofs are great until the trees and birds start dropping stuff on them

Hugh W - June 18, 2012 Reply

Really nice place to “get away from life for a while”… what initially caught my attention was the name of the abode… turns out it’s the owners last name. Well that’s one thing we have in common 🙂

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