If you haven’t read Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I’ll give you a quick primer on who Tom Sawyer is. Basically, he’s imaginative, making everything fancy and “high faluting”. He touches even the simplest things with an air of magic.
And had he grown up and built a house, this would be it.
Tom never outgrew his boyish love of playful surprises, and crafted a giant tree house for him and his family in a way never-before seen.
Only he could send vaulted ceilings soaring high over grand rooms while the space below possessed a palpable warmth. It is at once spacious and cozy, sharp yet comfortable. It’s the kind of grand home where a sophisticated adult can host parties. The kind of cozy family cottage where children climb trees, scrape knees, and collect a life time of memories. Perhaps even build a raft.
I’m sure Tom would have driven his wife crazy with his all-consuming dedication to detail.
He madly experimented with architecture, creating unexpected angles in surprising places. The bath and shower are not merely an appliance in Tom’s imaginings, no. They are an opportunity to create a sprawling spa beneath a tall window and steeply angled wall, amidst elegant slate tiles.
Standing in the kitchen, you find yourself in the very heart of the grand cabin. Rustic wood cabinets and black metal handles ground the room in the cozy, rustic feel of a tree house. Even the light fixtures slink long and low, adorned with carved leaves as though hanging like vines.
Tom left no detail unexplored. Like a skilled artist, he crafted surprising angles in unexpected places. The heavy, rich wood doors. Even arched windows.
And finally, perhaps as his own personal cove in which to read endlessly, he added a loft in his bedroom, the perfect place to tuck away his library and office. And, as he climbed the tree house ladder rungs to his hideaway, he doubtless relived childhood memories of his adventures with Huck.
So where would he build such a grand tree house?
At the end of a wooded lane, of course, where woods lay ripe for his own children to explore and invent their own adventures.
(Tour Tom’s house here.)
Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate