Modern tree house floats above its woodsy setting on the Puget Sound


DeForest Architects is responsible for this modern tree house design inspired by it’s hillside site and childhood memories, located in Burien, Washington. Nestled on a one-acre property atop a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, this family home was designed to feel like a virtual walk in the woods. The exterior facade is clad with durable materials such as Cor-Ten steel, stained cedar shiplap, and painted HardiePlank. 

The homeowners are a family of four, who wished to create a home that has a deep connection with the landscape. The overall feel is very tranquil, set into the hillside and surrounded by woods. This three-bedroom, 3,886 square foot home winds along a steep embankment and concludes in a dramatic cantilever. Intimate bedrooms are set into the hillside, along with a glass-wrapped great room that cantilevers over a tree canopy — offering a treehouse-like feel.

Project Team: Architect: DeForest Architects | Builder: Toth Construction | Interior Design: Ore Studios | Structural Engineer: Evergreen Design Company | Civil Engineer: Davido Consulting Group | Landscape Design: Richard Pulkrabek | Lighting Design: Brian Hood Lighting Design


What We Love: This modern tree house offers a beautiful open concept to create a harmonious flow and a visual connection with the outdoors. The architects well-devised this home, keeping the main living spaces on the first floor, with the more private bedroom spaces on the second level. Complimenting the homeowner’s artist professions, this home inspires creativity with it’s playful use of color and graphic prints.

Tell Use: What do you think of the design of this modern tree house, would you find it inspiring to live here? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

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Above: In the open concept kitchen, the countertops are Pental Quartz. A ceramic tile backspash is the Savoy Collection from Ann Sacks. Cabinetry is walnut plywood, custom designed by Kerf Design. Counter stools are the Nerd Counter Stools – Design Within Reach.


Above: The dramatic light fixture suspended over the dining table is the Agnes Chandelier – 10 Lights by Lindsey Adelman for Roll & Hill.



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Above: The staircase has been painted in a vibrant red, Chili Pepper 2004-20 | Benjamin Moore.




Above: In the master bedroom, Blu Dot Woodrow Bed is in the color smoke. The linens are from West Elm. The light fixture next to the bed is the Mantis BS1 B Floor Lamp – Herman Miller – Design Within Reach. Grounding the space is a custom wool rug from Driscoll Robbins.


Above: In the master bathroom, the wall tiles are from Ann Sacks, while the floors are white penny rounds from American Universal Corporation.


Above: Next to the bedroom, the home office features the Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair – Herman Miller. The desk is custom, composed of walnut plywood by Kerf Design. Behind the desk, is the Hitch bookcases from Blu Dot.


Above: The sunroom is located between the kitchen and outdoor deck, on the main level. The chair is the Striad Mid-Back Lounge Chair – Herman Miller, sourced from Design Within Reach. The Kade accent table is from Arteriors. Grounding the space, an area rug from Driscoll Robbins.


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Photos: Haris Kenjar



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