architecture

A hardwood house grows from a tree

modern exterior house made of hardwood treeA hardwood house grows from a tree

The designer Christina Campbell at Confluence Studios separated off your property, sold your house and with the money she built a new tree house in the backyard. The goal was to build an inexpensive and environmentally friendly house. The wood was purchased from ReStore, a building materials outlet that supports Habitat for Humanity.

The house also has a deep connection with the landscape. It is difficult to find many right angles in nature. This is how the shape of the house came about, so you get rooms that encourage creativity, relaxation and connection with nature.

View of the house

Who lives there: Christina Campbell and her son Jasper Herman

Location: Bouldin Creek neighborhood in Austin

Size: 116 square meters; 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

The house also has a deep connection with the landscape

Hardwood house tree chair

The house has a rainwater system. The house is 4.5 meters high directly above the rainwater cistern on four large cement pylons. The railing around the house is made of antique metal found in the Campbell Architects Store.

The external facade made of reclaimed wood creates the general aesthetic. The material was bought at the local timber market, it was yellow pine with a gray patina, damaged by rain. The wood with character was then processed by a service provider using the traditional Japanese technique of shou-sugi-ban. The deliberately scorched surface looks different from each point, with beautiful stripes around the curved exterior.

The high ceilings and bright rooms were very important to Campbell. Two portholes are on either side of the central sliding doors and let the Austin sun through. A very large national flag of Great Britain was hung for shade during the day. The ceiling is 7.5 meters high. Mercury hanging lamps over the worktop bring a dreamy quality to the light with the reflecting insides. The glued laminated timber beam is a cheaper solution and goes well with the robust worktops.

The house has a rainwater system

Hardwood tree house sink

For cupboards, Campbell used boxes from her grandmother’s kitchen and drains from her grandparents’ farm. That was also a nature-friendly solution.

Campbell had the hinged door under the sink and the end caps of the kitchen island made from the same wood.

At the sawmill, Campbell found a variety of old wooden boards and beams for the kitchen island. She did not paint the finds to show the character of each piece. The white bar stools from the 1960s were happily purchased at a garage sale.

The spiral staircase is from a submarine from World War II. The advantage of spiral stairs is that they save space.

The glued laminated timber beam is a cheaper solution and goes well with the robust worktops

Hardwood tree house kitchen island

Most of the modern decorative elements, such as the table lamp, pendant lights and others, are from Campbell’s popular design shop in Austin – Nannie Inez. She will be happy to pass the modern and antique pieces on to her son. Campbell’s grandmother painted the garden artwork.

Hardwood house tree bedroom bed

With years of experience in design and architecture, Campbell has accumulated a ton of great pieces, but she wanted to achieve a more minimalist look for her home. She calls this gimmick “assigned mess”. She bought the metal and leather trunk ten years ago with a 90% discount. Travel pictures and memories are now being exhibited there.

Most of the modern decorative elements, such as the table lamp, pendant lights

House made of hardwood tree bedroom pink

Chair and cushion: Nannie Inez

In one of the bathrooms, the Victorian baby bath is reminiscent of grandmother’s house in New Orleans. The exposed sanitary facilities stand well on the industrial container.

In one of the bathrooms, the bathtub is reminiscent of grandmother’s house in New Orleans

House made of hardwood tree bathroom tub

Campbell bought this very large copper tub from Craigslist. She found the green tile at a marble market.

The curved wood details on the front door reflect the curvature of the roof above. The soft curves are organic and casual.

The external facade made of reclaimed wood creates the general aesthetic

House made of hardwood tree

The plans for the future now concern the open space. Now Campbell is excited about growing her own orchard in front of the house. She has also designed large origami-shaped abstract sculptures with solar panels that should stand there too.

Windows and doors: Soco Window and Door, Austin

The plans for the future now concern the open space

Hardwood house tree couch

Campbell’s creative veranda, built as part of the green canopy, in front of the bedroom is Campbell’s design concept – that you should have a private space where you can regulate your feelings and senses for connection with nature. This project took 1 1/2 years to complete, which was not typical for Campbell. But if she hurried, the unique look and green aspect would be damaged.

Sarah Natsumi Moore