In the trunks of old, huge trees, even at the root, huge cavities form. How huge? You could quite easily set up a room inside. In Africa there is a bar inside a baobab, in France a chapel in an oak hollow, etc.
But the American Lenom Moore had an idea that made it possible to build a full-fledged dwelling inside a giant sequoia. And he did it, but how? Read to the end and you’ll find out everything, including another unusual use for a tree hollow.
The story of construction of unusual house in tree
Lenom Moore chose this tree as his home because of circumstances. He was in the woods when a violent storm broke out. He had to look quickly for shelter. The man found it in the trunk of a fallen sequoia tree. He must have had to stay there long enough, because eventually Lenom decided to build a house there.
This is what a tree trunk house looks like from the outside.
Sequoias, by the way, are the tallest, largest and oldest trees on Earth. Also belong to the red species. And they grow in America from the Pacific coast. This tree was 75 meters high and 5 meters in diameter and was about 1900 years old. Moore got a scrap of about 10 meters because back in 1938 the tree was sawn up and 4 similar dwellings were built. So Moore’s idea is not a new one, but still very original.
And this is the internal environment.
A key feature of Lenom Moore’s house is that the trunk is horizontal (like its predecessors in ’38), and it is also mounted on a movable platform. The American wanted to tour the country with his non-standard home, but the size of the trunk did not allow him to go further than his home state of California.
Here’s what Moore recalls about the process of building this unusual house:
It was a two-man job (I asked a buddy to help me build the house). At first we had to hollow out the inside of the wood, leaving only the walls a little thick. Then we began to chip it from the inside. It took a year to complete building of this house.
What did it end up being?
The house turned out quite decent: it’s compact, ascetic, but livable.
The interior looks stylish, eco-friendly, and unusual. But it still feels rather gloomy.
The house inside the log has everything for comfort: living room, kitchen, bedroom, dining room, bathroom. Yes, there are no windows, but there is electricity and even Internet.
Of course, its environment is very unusual. Many eyewitnesses feel that the tree trunk house resembles a train car or an airplane cabin – a narrow aisle in the middle, with furniture on each side.
Lenom Moore decided not to hide his “brainchild” and started inviting tourists. Along with his house, he periodically tours the country. Visitors tour the unusual accommodations for a small fee. There are even warning signs on the walls (e.g., “no sitting on the bed”). And the restroom for guests is closed, it is clear why. The name of the attraction is “One-Log House”.
The double bed did not fit inside the log. So Lenom had to put two single beds on each side of the bedroom.
Lenom’s idea has stirred up the world. Especially since many people today are thinking seriously about the ecologic factor of their homes. Houses inside tree trunks began to appear all over the world. Some built them to live in, some just for fun.
For example, Sharalee Armitage Howard from Idaho created a small, free library in the stump of a 100-year-old poplar tree. She built a roof on top, shelves and lighting inside, and steps to the entrance.
Through a glass door you can perfectly see the contents of the tree. Everyone can borrow a book here and add something of their own. The woman chose this idea for a reason; she is a professional bookbinder and has worked in the library for many years.
What can we say as a conclusion? If there are no sequoias growing in your area, it is unlikely that you can repeat the success of these people. And you don’t have to be. We just wanted to tell you in this article that there are no limits to human ingenuity. Perhaps there are already interesting opportunities near you that you can take advantage of.