Preston Kendig had never really paid much attention to the giant slippery elm tree on his family’s Goochland County farm until arborist Jason Anderson pointed it out. The two were walking the property for a DIY Network show, “The Treehouse Guys,” that had committed to building a treehouse on the property. When the family decided they wanted to do something with the land, Kendig applied to a number of TV shows. “The Treehouse Guys” wanted to build there. “It was forest on either side of it,” Kendig explains, laughing at the memory. But “once I was out here looking around [with Anderson] it was like, ‘Oh yeah, that giant tree.’”
Today, a 500-square-foot treehouse with a sleeping loft and large deck sits in the massive elm’s branches.
Standing under the incredible spray of limbs, you wonder, as Kendig did then, “How did they even see a house in this?”