‘Tree house’ idea grows on visitors
Floors represent trunk and crown of tree
If Tarzan and Jane are looking for some new digs, well then, this might just be the place for them. Nestled among the pristine pine and hardwood forests that blanket the Orford region of the Eastern Townships stands a tree house-inspired home that is as unique in concept as it is in eco-progressive architecture. The Tree House is the prototype for a series of 10 to 14 similar homes to be built at the 16-hectare Sanctuaire Mont Cathedrale, a deluxe housing project where the Tree House is listed at a cool, green $3.49 million.
The project is the brainchild and passion of Sherbrooke designer Pierre Leveille.
“I have been looking for a location like this for the last five years, but the idea has been in the back of my mind for the last 20 years,” he says.
“The location had to be just right and everything had to come together.
“There were so many things to consider when deciding where to build; the proper site, adequate environmental laws to protect the property and its surrounding ambience and privacy for the resident in a beautiful natural setting.”
The concept of the southeast facing Tree House is to maximize the sumptuous views and make the residents feel like they are living in a tree house, with the first floor representing the trunk and the second floor the crown of the tree.
But there is no climbing rope or boards nailed to a tree trunk to provide
Top, the Tree House at Sanctuaire Mont Cathedrale on Lake Brompton, just north of Mount Orford, 130 kilometres east of Montreal. The second floor is sheaved in copper tiling that will eventually turn a rich green.