Santa Cruz Straw Bale HouseRustic Dining Room, San Francisco
The spacious, naturally ventilated 2-story dining space is accentuated with the natural branching of a madrone tree.
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If you absolutely want to ensure that your tree is not damaged during the construction process, bonds can in fact be placed on trees and are in some cases required by councils. This is a way to ensure that no damage occurs to your trees. In all cases it is best to consult experts in the field when dealing with trees in or around your property to ensure you, your architect, arborist and builder all have the same intentions of retaining your trees and potentially incorporating them into the design process.YOUR SAYHave you a tree tale to share? Tell us about it in the Comments.MORERead more renovation planning tips
Eco-friendly additionThis tree’s curves add organic style to a welcoming strawbale home. Arkin Tilt Architects left the trunk’s raw beauty well alone, and simply secured the column at the top and bottom after the home’s slab was poured. The trunk of the tree stops at the ceiling of the first floor, but extensive branching was left to fill the two-storey space above the dining table.“We felt that it would demarcate the living space from the dining nicely,” says architect David Arkin. “Remarkably, just as the project was nearing the point where the tree would be required, a madrone tree fell at the property of some friends of our client. With some help from the builders, the fallen tree was minimally trimmed and gently transported to the site wrapped in blankets.”