Patti and Ron Bingham … Lexington, Fayette County

The Binghams are in the process of renovating their family treehouse, built around a branching Kentucky coffeetree. The original treehouse was built about seven years ago by arborist Dave Leonard. Its present renovation includes upgrading an original zip line which goes from the second floor to a tree approximately 40 feet away; a yellow curling slide remains intact. New additions by current contractor Tim Yount include a solid wooden trap door added on the second level, with a drop down heavy rope ladder andflat wood steps. Bingham notes, “We held off building this trap door originally until two pre-school grandchildren got older.” Additionally there is a new simple pulley system and rope; a ‘Tarzan’ climbing rope swing has been upgraded. The lower level allows space for hanging rope chairs and natural wood lounge chairs. A rope swing which originally hung from a front limb on the tree that was lost in storm. Bingham adds, “My grandson Alex, now in college, at age 4 sat down with the contractor renovating our house at the time, giving key input on the treehouse design.”

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