Merit Award: Treetop Whimsy

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A poorly built deck is transformed into a timber-screened treetop room able to accommodate up to 20 guests.

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Challenge: To replace a poorly built deck with a timber-screened, enclosed room able to accommodate up to 20 guests. Key details: Exposed timber and steel structural system, ipe flooring, brushed aluminum railings, polycarbonate panels for natural light. Judges appreciated: deceptively simple-looking detailing, sophisticated understructure, whimsy of building the room “in the trees.”

Location: Charlotte, N.C.
Designer and Contractor:  Masterbuilder Fellowship for the Built Environment, Matthews, N.C.

See list of all 2008 RDA winners.