Arts and Crafts tree house overlooking the Severn River, Maryland

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This traditional home with modern elements was envisioned as a tree house by Donald Lococo Architects, located on the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland. The vacation home is suspended over a steeply sloping site and is only accessible via a connecting bridge. The main top level encompasses just 930 square feet of living space. Designed as an open concept layout, it consists of a communal area and a screened-in porch.

“Continuous glass is unimpeded by using transparent kitchen wall cabinets allowing a tranquil view of the surrounding woods and river below,” the architects said. “The arts and crafts style finishes are dominated by exposed wood sustaining the sequestered warmth of a tree house.”

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Interesting Fact: This home has received accolades for its unique architectural design. This includes, a Washingtonian award and two other awards fom the American Institute of Architects. It has also been widely published.

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What We Love: This beautiful home gives the feeling of living in a “tree house”, thanks to its elevated design above the river. With custom built-ins, striking woodwork and ceiling details, there is an inviting warmth throughout this home. The peaceful environment that surrounds this home makes it an idyllic location for a vacation retreat… Would you agree? Please states your thoughts on this project in the comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple more craftsman style homes that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Bright and airy craftsman style home in Portola Valley, California and Rustic paradise retreat in Brazil.

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Above: The soaring ceilings are highlighted by beautiful mortise and tenon trusses, adding to the beauty of this tree house.

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Above: Just off the kitchen is the screen-in porch, offering sweeping views of the Severn River. Bi-fold windows opens to the porch to bring in fresh breezes.

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Above: A lot of thought went into this custom doggy door designed by the architect. There was no hardware added to the slide of the door, instead, felt was added so that any pieces rubbing together would not scratch. The latching mechanism was sourced from Crown City Hardware.

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Photos: Courtesy of Donald Lococo Architects

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kar. oconnor
3 years ago

Dream house, would love to see more, plans and an estimate of cost to build.