When Katharine and Howard Connell bought their circa-1895 Candler Park Victorian last year, they inherited a 265-square-foot, Craftsman-style tree house. The avid yogis have since transformed the arboreal retreat into a Zen meditation room with bohemian accents befitting Howard’s “reformed hippie” past (he’s now a professor at Georgia Tech, and Katharine is an attorney).
Traditional Craftsman details include a partially paned oak door, a mix of moldings, a heart-pine floor, and stained-glass windows like those in the main house.
True to style
The low-pitched, hip roofline is characteristic of Craftsman style, as are exposed soffits, multipane windows, and the porch railing.
The porch ceiling is “haint blue,” a shade historically used to ward off mischievous spirits.
The Connells nicknamed their oak “Merlin” because it spreads over the entire yard. “We think it watches over our house,” says Katharine.
A hefty knotted rope tempts intrepid climbers. But a wraparound staircase makes scaling the 12-foot structure safe and simple.
Tip: Go hardwood
Debating a spot for your own aerie? Choose a sturdy species, like pine, maple, or oak, says Antonie Buliard, co-owner of Tree-Fort Builders. And select a mature specimen that is mostly grown. An arborist can assess its health and stability.
This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue under the headline “Branching Out.”