Well, we all must agree with the fact that some grandfathers are way too cool just like Jay Hewitt who created a 40-foot-tall three-floor treehouse, which features a loft for sleepovers and a room for family meetings.
Jay Hewitt is 59 years old and is a contractor and member of the Attleboro Planning Board in Massachusetts. Without any doubt, it can be said that he is a highly skilled man who loves his grandchildren as proved by his incredible treehouse.
The three-floor treehouse is built around four maple trees and has balconies and guest rooms as well. Its total area is 750 m². Grandpa Hewitt told, “I had a treehouse when I was a kid, but it was basically a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood. I never dreamed that a treehouse would be anything like this.”
According to Jay Hewitt, the inspiration behind this treehouse is a TV show dubbed as Treehouse Masters, which is run by builder Pete Nelson on Animal Planet. He has watched every episode of this show, as told by him. As per them, it was Hewitt’s son who suggested him to construct a treehouse for his unborn grandchildren as a baby was being expected by him.
“At the time, I said I’d build the best treehouse any kid ever had.”
As you can see in the pictures above that the treehouse has been designed by him in such a way that it is accessible by a full staircase leading to an expansive deck instead of climbing ropes or ladders. In addition to this, some vital architectural and engineering knowledge is also included in it. The staircase reaches to the 3rd floor by accessing each floor. A wooden stairway has been used to connect the mudroom, which is the first floor, to the family room. The family room has been crafted by New Hampshire birch trees and is 16-by-20 foot.
Several facilities that are available in a typical new house are also present in Hewitt’s treehouse, such as a ventilation system and a bay window with a stylish exterior. The materials employed were bought from Home Depot and some of the components, including windows, were picked up at yard sales for as cheap as a dollar each, as per him.
According to laws, Grandpa Hewitt claims that he doesn’t need to get a building permit. Besides, he also says that he is planning to sell his property with their own house, then connect it to other parts of their garden with a rope bridge as well. He also plans to expand the treehouse in case the property doesn’t sell.
In an interview, Hewitt told that although, electricity is available in the treehouse, it has no plumbing and the building cannot be used for regular habitation. However, as reported by him, his grandchildren were really happy about having such an amazing treehouse and spent a lot of time in it.