Tree house!!

For those of you who don’t know how amazing my husband is, here is a glimpse.

He has almost single-handedly remodeled our house, room by room, over the last 7 years.

We still have a few more projects in the house, but he was persuaded to work outside this time on a tree house for our kids.

I always wanted a treehouse as I was growing up and never got the chance to have one, so when he told our kids last year that he would build one for them, I made him deliver on that promise!

It took him a bit longer than expected because he is a perfectionist and a beautiful designer, so it evolved as he built it.

But, the end result was definitely worth it. The kids are thrilled and I am so proud of him.

I documented the process with my Iphone, but took some final photos with my good camera, both at night and daytime.


Buying more wood for the project.


And the final shots!



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by Laurel


September 23, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Susan m - Wow! I mean just wow! That is talent in design for sure! Great dad! Good for you!

August 18, 2014 - 10:58 am

David Butera - Absolutely Wonderful. What did you use for clapboards they look perfect for the scale of the tree house?

June 27, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Britta - This is the most incredible playhouse I’ve ever seen. I’m sure you get this question a lot, but I’m wondering if you have basic plans that you could sell. I’m just looking for the basic blueprint. I’m certain we could never do the exterior like your talented husband, but the the basic design seems perfect. Is there any way to get a copy? My husband will do nothing without a plan. Many thanks for sharing this work of art. Britta

June 13, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Wendy - That is amazing! I bet all of the neighborhood kiddos will end up at you “house”! Good job dad!

May 17, 2014 - 3:04 am

jenine - Beautiful work! Love this tree house! You lave and labor is obvious in the beauty of the quality of your work! Blessings to you and your family

May 16, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Holly - I am so impressed. Absolutely amazing job. Your husband is an extremely talented man. A+ father too. So lucky. Well done :)

April 11, 2014 - 10:46 am

Nayla - Most beautiful tree house/playhouse EVER!!!
The finishes are AMAZING! I had to comment; Totally in awe

January 21, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Brandon - I love the tree motif in the deck rail – nice creative touch! Best tree house I’ve seen, great job!

January 19, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Christian (Chris) Rymell - My most sincere compliments for a truely brilliant tree house. I have to sadly admit that I never quite got my daughters finished for her it sort of ended up being a wood store more than anything else. Oh well knowbodies perfect I guess.
But this is incredible & if I hadn’t actually seen the photo story & only seen the end photos without your Husband & the children I would have sworn that this had to be one of those unpayable architect designed objects. Truly fantastic & really envy you’re children having such a truely creative & dedicated Dad. Wonderful job ;)

November 30, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Nathalia - Simply the best tree house work that I’ve seen in my life and that is so cool!!! Amazing!!!

November 20, 2013 - 2:38 am

Jenny - Great job!! Good inspiration for us. We’re taking on a playhouse with similar dimensions this “December.” (we’re starting with the 1st floor only) Stuck on doing THIS for my kiddos’ Christmas gift! A very brrrr project indeed.

October 11, 2013 - 6:34 am

Lisa - my grandkids would love something like this n the backyard on the new place i’m buying

September 17, 2013 - 11:49 am

carla - great, great, great !!

August 11, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Sharon - What an inspiring creation! I love that it is simple, fun and modern. Today was day five of a treehouse build and I am definitely taking notes!
Your children must practically live in it!
And congrats on being so good to the tree – not even a lag screw into it?!

July 26, 2013 - 10:15 am

allie - so, not only is the dad a cutie, he just built an amazingly gorgeous masterpiece in his own backyard…! ;) thanks for sharing the step by step process…i’ll probably never use it but love seeing it!

July 8, 2013 - 10:05 pm

lauren - Ok now I want one!! That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! Your husband is so very talented

July 8, 2013 - 10:38 am

Kayakfishingfever - Excellent vision and follow through. I remember my tree house was a board nailed across two limbs. The entire family should feel joy and pride. Well done.

July 4, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Diane - Wow! Your husband did an amazing job! The children will always have such a fond memory. Great job!

July 4, 2013 - 1:59 am

Danielle Hudson - This is AMAZING! Tell your husband he made his children’s dream come true. My Dad is a great craftsman as well. As a child, he suggested he might make us kids a tree house. He even showed us magazines with grand plans for the coolest clubhouses. Life gets busy and it never happened. I don’t hold it against him, but I would have loved one. Your kids will never forget this.

June 30, 2013 - 11:38 pm

Rosemary Hayes - This is AMAZING!! Believe me, your children will cherish this and the memories of it into their adult life. I had a treehouse built by my Daddy and I want so badly for my daughter to have one. Unfortunately I can’t get my husband (also her Daddy) to do it and we have the most perfect tree. Great job, Dad.

June 30, 2013 - 6:45 pm

Karen - Great and talented husband! Your very lucky!

June 20, 2013 - 11:44 am

Addie - What an amazing experience, sense of accomplishment and a huge overload of pride this man gave his children and his children gave him, not to mention the great lesson they learned about team work, math, measurements……I’M SO IMPRESSED!!!!

June 17, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Bill - Amazing. I loved the shots of the kids helping as well.

June 11, 2013 - 10:15 pm

cristina - that is one heck of a tree house,. you’re lucky to have your man of the house like that,.

June 10, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Tracy - Diana, I couldn’t help but notice that you used the word you’re instead of your. Thought you should know since you are an english major!! On another note, this treehouse is amazing!!!

June 4, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Diana - THat is amazing! But being an english major, I couldn’t help noticing a typo on your site, on the first line of the introduction, when you are saying how amazing you’re husband is!! IS! Blessings! Keep up the good work God has begun in you!

June 4, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Cathie Warboy - Way too late for my daughter and grandkids, but, OH!!!, how my great-grands would absolutely ADORE this tree house. This daddy really did a FANTASTIC job! He needs to pat himself on the back every day for doing this for his kids.

June 4, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Kristen - I don’t know who would like this more…my kids, or me? What an amazing outdoor space. Much more than a tree house, that’s for sure. Beautiful!

June 2, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Megan - Hello,
I found this blog post inspiring and creative and shared it on my arts and crafts blog, Make something Mondays. I wanted to let you know in case you wanted to check it out. The tree house is awesome! There is some seriously inspiration in that. Thanks so much for sharing.

June 1, 2013 - 1:18 am

Eva - Fabulous, wish I had a garden big enough!

May 27, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Judi - Does he have a Brother, Father …..Clone ? U r such a cool family, warms my chilly heart

May 25, 2013 - 7:56 am

Rachelhu - Do you sell design plans for this treehouse? How do I purchase?

May 19, 2013 - 11:50 am

Therese - Such a beautiful treehouse. Such detail shows the care in building it. Beautiful family. You are blessed.

May 18, 2013 - 1:20 am

Thao - OMG, that is so amazing and cool! What a terrific dad! I’d love to have one just to hang out in or put my guests in when they’re visiting!

May 16, 2013 - 11:42 am

KC - What an amazing treehouse! Would you mind if I borrow one of the pictures to feature on my blog, with a link back to you of course?

May 11, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Cath - Wow what an amazing space for your children. A very talented husband indeed thank you for sharing it is truly inspirational.

May 10, 2013 - 7:32 pm

Norlene K Hopkins - I thought it was a real house.

April 29, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Enjoli Godsey - This is the most amazing treehouse I’ve ever seen!!! And your husband is super talented and artistic with his construction. I hope me and my husband can use your treehouse for inspiration to create something for our kids. Love the blog.

April 14, 2013 - 7:17 pm

Cris - Free holidays in Spain if you buid one on my mulberry

April 5, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Cindy - Amazing! I am sitting here scrolling through the pictures with my mouth hanging open! What a beautiful job your husband did! The pictures are great too! I especially love the night pictures.

March 30, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Lisa - This treehouse is incredible. Your husband is very talented. So many beautiful details and the big windows give your kids a view of the neighbourhood from every direction:)

March 24, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Dawn Aziz - Congratulations on your amazing family project, and the creation of a legendary treehouse.

February 15, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Julene - My 12 year old wants to know what the rent is… He wouldn’t mind living there! This is fantastic!

October 6, 2012 - 5:18 am

cb - Genius!! Your kids will make so many great memories in “their house” that Dad built! Great place for your kids to display seasonal decorations too…i.e. jack ‘o lanterns in the Christmas tree & lights etc…

September 2, 2012 - 12:53 am

Brittney - that is awesome!! how much did it cost to build this?

August 16, 2012 - 11:45 pm

Elizabeth - WOW!!!! FAN TA TIC JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 21, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Emily - Oh my!! Can I move in! I want one a tree house wait…I need a tree house!

April 10, 2012 - 2:30 pm

karen ho fatt - Nicely done and great design as well.

April 10, 2012 - 3:56 am

katie - WOW! That is truly amazing!! SO very cool!

April 6, 2012 - 8:18 pm

sandra - This is pretty amazing. Does your husband do this for a living? It is so perfect, almost too perfect.

March 30, 2012 - 2:36 pm

Maike - this is really amazing!!! lucky kids!

February 6, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Becky Burton - My kids are all grown, but I want this for the grandkids! He did an awesome job. You are very lucky!

August 31, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Meagan - Amazing!! I am so impressed and a bit jealous of your kiddos! Great work!

August 31, 2011 - 5:12 pm

Jeremy Spencer - That is sooo cool! Tell Bjon to come build one for me…I mean my kids! Wow, so impressed!

August 31, 2011 - 4:15 pm

Lainie Stubblefield - Well, the cutest family in Franklin is really done it now! SOOOOO cute!!!

August 31, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Gene’ - You could rent that thing out!!! It is amazing…

August 31, 2011 - 11:00 am

carrie - that is unbelievable. great work, bjon!! such a talented guy!!

August 31, 2011 - 1:01 am

Cameron Shadinger - You need to do this for a living….among many things! This needs to be published in a magazine!!!
Man I wish I knew someone to connect you to. I think you should just blindly submit these pictures and see what happens. I can’t handle just how cool you and the kids are. They must be so proud of their Dad!

August 30, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Joy Anderson Roberts - That is more than a treehouse! Amazing,

August 29, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Heather - No words……..
Only the Pankratz kids have a crazy cool modern tree house!!!!
I want to LIVE there!!!!!
I’m dying to see it in person!!!!!
Bjon….you are SO insanely TALENTED!!!!!

August 29, 2011 - 1:43 am

Danielle Spencer - wow! that’s not a treehouse! I don’t even have a word for that masterpiece. what a beautiful gift.

August 29, 2011 - 1:19 am

April - OKAY….its AMAZING!! Can we come over and play??

August 29, 2011 - 1:06 am

Mindy - Oh my freaking gosh! That is AMAZING! Well done Bjon!

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