Kitchen, Pendant Lighting, Wood Counter, Medium Hardwood Floor, White Cabinet, Subway Tile Backsplashe, and Refrigerator The footprint of the home was configured to accommodate all of the existing trees without risking damage to their roots. An exception was made for a tree which sat in the middle of the property which was showing signs of decay. A dense Canadian Maple, the tree was milled and repurposed as the central island/dining room table—also built by Duerksen himself—and is now located only 10 feet from its original location.   Best Photos from An Intern Architect Builds a Home For His Growing Family on a Strict Budget