Sometimes, lofty dreams really do come true. Bill and Carrie Baines adored their family home on a sprawling wooded lot in Jim Thorpe, Pa., but they wanted a new way for their family and friends to enjoy the property. So the Baineses entered our Ultimate Treehouse Giveaway—and won! The prize? Pete Nelson and his crew from Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters" headed to their neck of the woods to construct a dream treehouse loaded with Delta Faucet products.
Bill wanted a deck with an outdoor cooking space (check!), while Carrie yearned for an outdoor shower (done!). What they got was a treehouse beyond their wildest dreams: a log-cabin-inspired pied-à-terre in the trees replete with a cozy fireside family room, a tech-loaded bathroom, a mini kitchen and bar—and yes, an honest-to-goodness outdoor shower within earshot of a babbling brook. Click through to see our favorite details from the Baineses’ new high-rise.
Don't forget: Treehouse Masters returns this summer on Animal Planet, so set your DVR!
“We have this property in what is a vacation place for most people, but living here day to day, we lose that vacation feel,” says Bill. “So this treehouse out in the woods gives us that vacation feel, even though we’re still on our property. It feels like a getaway.”
For Carrie, the treehouse’s ultimate relaxation factor comes in the form of an outdoor shower. Fond memories of an alfresco shower at her grandparents’ seaside home put an outdoor deluge at the top of her treehouse wish list. “Treehouse Masters” builders made it happen by affixing a Delta Addison shower head and handle in Venetian Bronze directly to a tree. Talk about au naturel!
“There’s just so much detail inside. Knowing you’re in the trees, but having the luxuries of being away at a resort—I love everything about it,” says Carrie, who enjoys surprising company with the treehouse’s smart features, like a hands-free Delta Brevard toilet, and faucets that turn on with just a touch. (The bathroom sink shown here features the Delta Addison faucet with Touch2O technology in Venetian Bronze.) “People think they’re going to see a bucket and hose in the bathroom, but they’re pleasantly surprised to open a door and see this ultimate high-tech toilet and sink.”
In the kitchen, a sink with a touch-activated Delta Pilar Faucet has more practical applications: “It’s so nice just to wash some glasses there without lugging them back to the house!” says Bill.
Bill and Carrie’s annual Baines Bash party (plus their love of wine and whiskey) made a bar a treehouse must-have. Hidden behind bookshelves that slide open, it boasts crimson industrial-mod shelving that offsets the wooden surrounds and makes room for Bill’s Scotch, Carrie’s cabernet and plenty of glassware. Four stools tuck beneath the slab-wood counter—they’ll come out at this summer’s Baines Bash, when Bill’s childhood friends come up to carouse and camp in tents.
“But this year we’re going to have a raffle,” says Bill. “Everyone will buy a ticket, and whoever wins will get to stay in the treehouse for the weekend. And we’ll use the money for beer!”