Nine years ago Steve and Jeri Wakefield of Dallas began work on an incredibly elaborate tree house for their two grandsons. They commissioned an architect friend, James Curvan, to design and build the house in a pecan tree in the couple’s backyard. The 100 square foot tree house took three months to build, and over the years it was upgraded to keep pace with the growing grandchildren. The finished tree house features two decks, two sleeping lofts, a zipline, suspension footbridge, and crow’s nest. It is also air-conditioned—a necessity in Texas. The interior is laid out like a miniature family home and features vintage furniture and decor. The Wakefield’s grandchildren are now grown up, but the couple keeps the house lively by opening it up to neighborhood kids.
photos by Sarah Greenman