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Two-Story Tree Cabin on a Working Farm


This is a two-story tree cabin on a working farm in Michigan otherwise known as the outpost treehouse.

It features an upper deck, kitchenette, eating nook/cafe, bathroom, and an amazing bedroom. What do you think?

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Two-Story Tree Cabin on a Farm in Michigan

The owner originally built it as a dream house for the family, but now they’ve chosen to share it with others.

The bedroom has these amazing windows and views.

VIDEO: Two-Story Tree Cabin in Michigan

Highlights

  • Tree cabin on a 65-acre working farm
  • Handmade cedar frame bed
  • Sitting area for work or dining
  • Entryway cafe with kitchenette for morning coffee
  • Mini fridge
  • Wall-mounted flat-screen TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Modern bathroom
  • Located in East Leroy, Michigan

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  • liz B
    October 9, 2021, 7:38 am

    Very pretty little house. The big problem of building so close to the one tree though is tree roots will eventually damage the foundation. I have lived in houses where this has happened. You can see it with buckled sidewalks in established neighborhoods with mature trees.

    • James D.
      October 9, 2021, 2:50 pm

      It’s possible but it depends on the specific type of tree and the conditions of the ground it’s in…

      Generally…

      -Roots are opportunistic. There will be more roots when conditions are favorable. Fertile, moist, and uncompacted soils will have more fibrous roots.

      -In dry, compacted soils with no organic matter, roots are fewer but larger and able to grow further distances from the plant.

      -Open-grown trees often have a wider root system than trees closely planted together. Some species, such as Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) can root-graft with others of their kind, sharing nutrients, stabilizing each other and reducing the stress on each individual tree.

      -Root systems may grow wider when downward growth is restricted, such as by a high water table or perhaps bedrock

      -Under ideal soil and moisture conditions, roots have been observed to grow to more than 20 feet (6 meters) deep.

      While certain trees may have roots visible from the surface… But roots can also always surprise and not go where you thought they would…

      Though, you can play it safe and just cut the roots growing in the direction of the foundation. Like pruning, there’s a certain number you can cut off without hurting the tree and a proper way to do it…

  • Husabergchamp
    October 11, 2021, 5:19 pm

    Very nice. I can see this as a vacation site in upper Wisconsin with proper insulation. A tree house but not really attached to them. I’m always concerned about actual tree houses and what happens as the trees grow/die/ get hit by lightning/ blown over.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 12, 2021, 1:52 pm

      That’s definitely a concern! I suppose nothing is forever but…

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