SunRay Kelley’s Two-Story Treehouse in the Woods

| 7/30/2018 9:23:00 AM


The following is an excerpt from Lloyd Kahn’s Small Homes: The Right Size (Shelter Publications, 2017), available in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Store.

The structure of the treehouse is a two-story wooden yurt with the roof supported by a web of small branches and spiraling cedar boards.

I love to drop in on my buddy SunRay Kelley (see Builders of the Pacific Coast, Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter, and Tiny Homes on the Move), because he’s always building something. Whether it is a fleet of electric, art-car gypsy wagons or a cedar-and-clay temple for a hot springs church, it’s always worth hunting him down.

If you manage to make it to his magic forest north of Seattle, you can book a stay in one of the wild treehouses popping up among the second-growth cedars. There’s also an outdoor kitchen pavilion and a cedar sauna and a trout pond to jump into.

My favorite place to stay used to be the Stump House, built on the stump of a huge cedar cut down a hundred years ago, but the latest treehouses are pretty amazing.

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