Grandfather Builds Incredible 3-Story Treehouse with a Spiral Slide for His Grandkids

Jay Hewitt has built the ultimate playhouse for his grandchildren to safely frolic in. A contractor by trade, he fashioned an impressive three-story, 40-foot-tall treehouse that's supported by four maple trees on his Massachusetts property. At first glance, it looks like a conventional home–Hewitt created a fully-enclosed structure with a shingled exterior and expansive deck. Its interior, however, has some fun and quirky aspects that echo the structure's foundation, like a built-in spiral slide and stairs created entirely out of tree branches.

Hewitt began construction on the treehouse over two years ago, but the idea to create one came long before that. He is a huge fan of “Treehouse Masters,” a television show featuring builder Pete Nelson, who crafts luxury treehouses for people throughout the United States. Knowing his dad's fascination, Hewitt's son suggested he build one for his then-unborn grandchildren. “At the time, I said I'd build the best treehouse any kid ever had,” he told The Sun Chronicle. Now, his six-year-old grandson and four-year-old granddaughter are frequent visitors.

Hewitt's property, including the fantastic treehouse, is going up for sale in the near future. If he can't find a buyer, however, he plans to expand the project even more next year.

via [Bored Panda, The Sun Chronicle]

All photographs by Mike George.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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