S: Terry's Tree House
BC: Terry Brown-Steiner's tree house in Chazy Landing, NY. 2004-2010
FC: It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson | TERRY'S TREE HOUSE
1: In 2005, the first tree house was built in the little grove of cedar trees behind the old pump house.
2: Mostly scrap wood was used and everyone pitched in a little. Sam, Anna, Ben, Jake and Nathan.
4: Terry designed it in his head, with out ever really looking at all of the tree house books out there.
5: He decorated with cool license plates and string lights. There was a bucket on a pulley for treats. We had a party!
9: Even though the tree house was wasn't exactly on our own land, everyone was surprised when in the the spring of 2005, we found that the first tree house was gone.
10: Terry was now inspired to build a bigger tree house, a better tree house! A tree house on our own property! He studied books began to plan - and to build.
12: He recruited his sons and friends Scott, Mark, Don and his brother, Chris and Al. He got a building permit and A LOT of wood...
14: Ben, Jake and Sam worked hard with Terry and his friends.
16: And then in the summer, he got MORE wood...
17: Terry built amazing stairs.
18: And again there was a party with Wally and cousins Ken, Anna, Cyndie, Theresa, Chris, Ellen and Sallie.
20: Construction continued through 2006, 2007 and 2008. There was always the help of friends and sons.
21: First the floor, had to be built...
22: ... and the walls, windows and roof took several seasons.
23: One building session was visited by a skunk, whose scent joined the workers at a local restaurant...
24: Secure railings were put up...
25: ...and then slab siding.
26: Then Terry added lofts to each side.
29: Terry added a wall and some shelves, and finally...
30: ...the tree house was ready for visitors - family, friends and renters!
32: Kristi and Andy have stayed with Sam.
33: Grandma came up all those stairs and even Abby and Samantha visited to see Terry's amazing tree house.