Home builder/designer duo gives new meaning to the “treehouse” concept

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A potted plant can bring life to a home, but a tree growing out of the ground adds soul. So say a home builder and home designer who recently collaborated on an innovative project in Richmond.

A potted plant can bring life to a home, but a tree growing out of the ground adds soul. So say a home builder and home designer who recently collaborated on an innovative project in Richmond.

Brennan Sharma, founder of Shoreline Homes, and Linya Bu, co-founder of Axes Design, designed and built a $1.2 million home with a living black olive tree growing in the middle of the 4,274 square foot home.

Incorporating nature and a tree into the architecture gave the house “soul” in a way that a potted plant never could, according to the couple.

Sharma, who was born and raised in Richmond, said there was once an abundance of trees, dense forest, but it was “suddenly somewhat destroyed” with the construction of new developments.

“I see trees coming back, but I still see the lack of land available for trees,” Sharma said.

“We thought about it and thought, ‘what better way to do that than to get the trees inside the house in a safe and efficient way.’ It’s this whole concept of merging nature into the home.

Sharma and Bu told the Richmond News that the house was designed with the help of many professionals, including a structural engineer, to ensure that the tree’s roots would not damage the house’s foundation while that can grow naturally in the interior space.

“We took a long time to choose the right kind of tree, a tree that didn’t have an aggressive root system, didn’t require natural rainfall and could be watered at the root,” they said.

“The tree is also expected to reach a certain height and stop growing; instead, it will become denser.

A total of 20 feet has been allowed for tree growth, but they don’t expect it to exceed 14 to 15 feet.

Although the living tree design is the first of its kind for the pair, they say it won’t be the last.

Future projects will also focus on nature, Sharma says, adding that they want to be more eco-friendly and conscientious.

“Because we are in the construction industry, which means our work will require some trees to be cut down, we want to make sure we can plant at least one tree for the ones we use,” he said. .

Too many people build houses “to make money” instead of “taking pride” in the practice, he added.

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