Impossible Lot Yields Imaginative Family Treehouse

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Where there's a will (and a creative architect behind SHED Architecture and Design) — there's a Seattle dream home built on a practically inaccessible hillside lot. This 1,644 square-foot treehouse is a labor of love and a testament to the power of human determination. Prentis Hale and Tracy Edmonds along with daughters Maisie and Pippa, live in a modern day fairytale. Except their glass slipper was an "impossible" lot, located 20 feet beyond the edge of a dead-end road and 20 feet below grade with no municipal hook-ups. Most people wouldn't have looked twice at this jagged piece of land, but for Hale and Edmonds the shoe fit.

After a decade, their dream home is finally a reality. The three level home has an open communal feel and is the perfect size for this family of four, who make sure to keep things relaxed and evolving. The decks are accessorized with hammocks and swings giving their home a playful spirit. As a added bonus their home nests above their favorite P-Patch community garden. "Last spring, Edmonds hauled beets from the P-Patch through a living-room window with a bucket and string, and she jokes about installing a zip line from the room directly to their section of the garden."

Even with a few unfinished projects on the backburner, Hale and Edmonds have built an amazing home. It's inspiring to see what a little drive and creativity can produce when you have the ability to see possibility in the "impossible."

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