Because the Japanese maple in the courtyard had to be planted before the ipe deck was laid, Kurath designed a small removable panel to allow access to the tree’s base. The Shozis can pull up the bit of decking to tend to the tree and replace it when they’re through. And because the boards line up perfectly, only the gardener need know it’s there.  Photo 8 of 16 in 15 Brilliant Designs That Work Around Nature
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Woodman’s Tree House is built using local materials where possible and includes traditional wooden craftsmanship throughout the interior. The structure stands on high stilts to minimize its effect on the land and all the existing trees are protected and maintained unharmed and untouched.  Photo 10 of 16 in 15 Brilliant Designs That Work Around Nature
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To save the tree, Carpenter called in an arborist, who helped Carpenter and the Domineys nurse it back to health. Carpenter then built the parts of the pavilion around the tree, moved the foundation away from the roots, and used permeable concrete slabs so that water would properly drain into the ground.  Photo 9 of 16 in 15 Brilliant Designs That Work Around Nature from Dominey Pavilion and Carport
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