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The High And Low Tree House, Or House Tree, Whichever...

Sometimes occupants choose to build a house around a tree.

And sometimes a tree chooses to build a house around an occupant.

This is what happens when occupants choose to build a house around a tree.

Apparently cutting down a 120 year old tree would have caused too much stress.

Not wanting to experience that stress, when building a deck years ago they accommodated that tree!

Of course, the tree had its own ideas.

It's the high and low tree house!

Going under the deck to have a look, I found that the tree was offering its own dwelling!

It's the great circle of life!

What goes around comes around!

The universe will give back sooner or later!

Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it!

Over, under, sideways, down, Backwards, forwards, square and round!

A tree runs through it, or it runs through a tree, whichever...

In the end the love you take, is equal to the love you make.

Any more cliches you can think of?

My recommendation:  on a home inspection it's important to inspect the whole house.  Everything, from top to bottom.  Be a preposition!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 19 commentsJay Markanich • July 27 2013 03:43AM

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I have seen decks built around trees in our area as well.  Strange way to keep a tree.

Posted by Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes, Broker in Charge/Owner (Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes) almost 5 years ago

This tree was causing stress to the support joists around it underneath Richard!  Growth has to be accommodated.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Why, why, why do the owners always buildt the deck RIGHT UP TO THE TREE.   I've seen a number of homes in this area with decks built around trees.  Most are on slopped wooded lots in the Shenandoah area, Frederick County MD (Lake Linganore), etc. 

The decking is always installed leaving NO ROOM FOR THE TREE TO GROW.

Go figure.  That's just a formula for a future unstable deck.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

  One of those...seemed like a good idea at the time things...talk about expanding and not contracting..Yicks !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

 

This deck is very stressed underneath because, well, because those tree things have a tendency to grow Lenn.  Usually near a tree a deck is damaged, as you say.

S&D - this is doing just that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Sometimes one wonders what people think and other times there is no doubt.  This is one of those latter... :)

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 5 years ago

You don't realize how quickly a tree grows until you build around it.  :)

Makes you wonder if there may have been a better way Jay.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 5 years ago

Hi Jay,

And what about the root system? When it grows it pushes upwards and the deck is screwed.

Have a good day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 5 years ago

I will never understand why people do that. I have seen a few of these. Sure, they look cool now, but trouble is a brewin Bubba!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 5 years ago

This is just another story for that book you should be writing.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) almost 5 years ago

That they wanted to surround the tree with love, James?

The roots surely pre-existed this deck Clint.  One column was sinking badly.  But look at the stress the tree is putting on the joists in the photo above!

The deck is stressed at this point Fred.  Necessarily!

Kathy - thanks!  Now, if only I could find a publisher.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

This is one of those, "It seemed like a good idea at the time " moments. As this tree grows, taking it down will be one major undertaking!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) almost 5 years ago

Jay -- and then they put a roof over the deck -- what purpose does the tree serve now, other than as deck destroyer?

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 5 years ago

Looks like a house up a tree without a paddle

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Tom - getting rid of this monster will be very costly!  And it's so old the county might not let them!

It is a fine place for a treehouse Steven!  And bird house.  And squirrel house.  Etc...

Now you are confusing cliches Charlie!  And a deck without locomotion?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, I had one but the opposite was true. They left way too much room around the tree and it was 15 feet in the air and a little one would have a heck of a trip to ground level.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Seeing that once Don, I pointed it out and the seller "solved" the problem by nailing benches around the tree!

Schmatt!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay - I think people don't realize that many trees such as cedars grow in diameter even after they reach their height and this could go on for many years.

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) almost 5 years ago

For sure, Eric, and this tree is a very old one, certainly healthy, and has not stopped growing even still!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

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