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A Tree House Not Just For Brids


As I was leaving the
LaFayette Sun office the
other day, I encountered
Ed and Ann Yeargan
removing heart pine that
they had been storing in
the old Cutler Furniture &
Funeral Home facility next
door. Ann is remarkable
as she was toting the end
of a stack of large heart
pine boards. When I asked
Ed what he was doing
with all the scrap lumber,
he replied that he was
constructing a treehouse
and that I need to come
and look at it. My thought
was–why would I have
interest in a tree house as
they were “for the birds”?
The ones that I have seen
in the past look like dog
houses suspended in a
tree. If you climbed into it,
you had to crawl as it was
strictly for kids.
Well, since Ed was a
good friend, I told him
that I would go out and
look at it. When I did, I
was in awe at the design
and construction of this
treehouse. It was built
exclusively with lumber
salvaged from his grand-
parents’ old home located
on Alabama Street here in
LaFayette. The treehouse
is supported solely by 3
medium sized sweet gum
trees. A hole was bored
through the trees and a
steel rod was inserted to
support the floor beams.
I had wondered to myself
what would happen when
the trees grew in circum-
ference. But that had been
taken care of by the rod.
The structure is a two-
story with easy access to
the interior. Adults can
walk upright through the
structure and if they like,
sit on the small porch that
overlooks the swimming
pool. Another unique
part of the structure was
a swinging bridge that
crossed over a wet weather
stream. Also, a slide chute
was installed that allows
quick and safe exit from
the structure.
One of the problems
with conventional tree-
houses is the use of wood
that decays over a period
of time. However, the
Yeargan tree house is
constructed of salvaged
heart pine wood which has
negligible decay over the
years. For all the support-
ing posts and beams that
are not heart pine, cedar
was used that is almost
decay resistant.
If you look at the at-
tached picture, you can
see that the windows are
salvaged material. Also,
the shingles from the razed
family home were used in
the roof of the structure.
The outer boards are also
from the exterior of the
razed home but they were
reversed such that the “in-
terior” of the outer board
forms the exterior of the
Also, inside the tree
house are a lot of interest-
ing artifacts. There is a
black marble table along
with an old well water
bucket that hung from the
well at the grandparents’
Another unusual scene
is the laid brick path from
the residence leading to
the treehouse. These bricks
were salvaged from the old Yeargan home’s chimney.
Another unusual sight on
the property is an 8 foot
swing constructed from the
salvaged heart pine beams
and boards.
Ed designed the tree
house and drew up the
detailed plans for con-
struction. David Howard
oversaw the construction
but Dan Noon and Chris
Johns framed the building.
The contractors definitely
measured up to such an
amazing and unconven-
tional challenge!
I did not know it but
tree houses are popular
viewing on the internet.
My daughter says that
tree houses are a hot item
among some millenni-
als. In fact, I googled the
subject and discovered
that there are even do-it-
yourself treehouses listed
for sale.
Not only is Ed and
Ann’s treehouse a phenom-
enon but also their A-frame
house. Jimmy and Cath-
erine Yeargan constructed
the A-frame house on
the 80 acre wooded tract
next to a fish pond. This
structure is now home for
the younger Ed Yeargan
family. They have added
two bedrooms as well as
other improvements.
You don’t have to travel
to affluent communities to
experience the creativity
and initiative and crafts-
manship of your fellow
man. Ed and Ann Year-
gan’s treehouse is a great
example of “up-cycling”
while providing wonder
and awe to their commu-
nity of LaFayette.