a year ago, someone suggested that Alexandra Meyn build a treehouse in her backyard to get her mind off her unemployment woes. she graduated from The Pratt Institute last year and was having difficulty finding an internship or job. taking this suggestion to heart, Alexandra agreed that this would be a perfect project to lighten her spirits. she studied up on ways to build the initial structure, and with the help of her carpenter friend, had the frame up in october 2010.
she decorated the interior of the treehouse on a small budget of $400. she sourced materials from all over New York (the trash proved to be quite an amazing resource!). Alexandra also bought materials from Build it Green, a nonprofit organization in Queens that sells inexpensive reclaimed supplies – it’s the same place Kate went to get her re-claimed coffee table for the Nate Berkus show which she re-covered in old book pages – see the DIY here! if you live in the NY area, this is an amazing place to check out. they have everything from lighting, to windows, to sinks – all salvaged from demolished or remodeled buildings around the new york area.
the structure is very well-built and held up during last December’s NY blizzard! because it’s airtight and waterproof, she plans to use it as a painting studio this winter. i love this treehouse because even though i don’t know this girl at all, i feel like you get to know a lot about her by just looking at this space she created. it’s funky, yet very well designed and i just wanna hang out up there all the time!