HoneyTree Farm, a collection of playful bunks in the Texas Hill Country, lets you sleep high in the canopy of live oaks and sycamore trees.
“We see so many images of beautiful spaces that most of us can never afford, but some of my favorite parts of our projects came about because we were out of money,” says Katie Rhodes, co-creator, with her husband Jacob Rhodes, of
As the couple designed and built HoneyTree Farm, most of their selections were dictated by a limited budget. “We were out of cash when furnishing one of our tree houses named The Sycamore,” Katie says. “We scrubbed crayons off a beloved coffee table and grabbed the brindle cowhide from our living room floor. I salvaged some vintage double-rail dining chairs and wove new danish cord on them. We took old metal school desks from our kids’ room and used them as bedside tables. We get so many comments on those desks.”
Katie and Jacob moved to Fredericksburg after living in Los Angeles and Houston for almost a decade. “We enjoyed a lot about urban life, but we also loved to escape the city whenever possible and really had fun hunting for the perfect places to stay on our getaways,” Katie says. “When we moved to Fredericksburg, a pretty little historic German town in the Texas Hill Country, we knew we wanted to build the same kind of peaceful escapes that we were so grateful to find when we were looking to retreat from the cities.” It wasn’t only the natural landscape that drew the couple to Fredericksburg. “We bought the property because it was next door to my parents’ place,” Katie says. “We’re currently renting the house where I was raised, but plan to build a house for our family and move onto the HoneyTree property within the next couple years.”
The name HoneyTree comes from Winnie the Pooh—among a few other things. “We’re both really fond of Winnie the Pooh and used to read it out loud to each other,” Katie says. “We’re also backyard beekeepers. We even stealthily kept a couple of hives outside our tiny apartments in West L.A. HoneyTree also just felt like a good name for a cluster of treehouses that host a lot of honeymooners.”
HoneyTree Farm comprises three tree houses: The Live Oak, The Sycamore and The Sapling (two additional houses are scheduled to open later this year), all of which feature board-and-batten exterior siding and metal roofs. “Each site necessitated a unique design,” Jacob says. “As we built, height, shape and window location changed because of the individual locations. They’re not even remotely similar to our first design or to each other.”
The Live Oak
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