Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Local Man Up in the Air for Tree Houses

Larry-Meuse-and-his-grandsoLarry Meuse and his grandson.LUZERNE, Ky. (6/23/14) — Tree-houses. While we loved them as children, a local man wants adults to fall in love with them all over again.

Larry Meuse, a retired jack of all trades, has found a new passion in tree-houses.

"In this day and age, downsizing is a term you hear often,” said Meuse. “You hear about it a lot when you're talking about housing. You can build a really nice tree house for about $20,000."

When Meuse talks about a nice tree house, he means true living quarters including water, sewer and electricity. According to Meuse, a tree-house can last more than 20 years.

Meuse is a fan of Pete Nelson, who is also known as the "Tree Master." Nelson has a television program and is responsible for crews building tree houses in the western part of the United States.

When asked how people, who are older or concerned about ladders could access a tree house, he said each house is built to fit the individual.

"They can be built to accommodate those types of problems,” he said. “If you have enough room, you can build a long ramp, you can enclose the climb, put in stairs, just focus on the problem, and you can solve it. "

When asked how a tree-house can withstand storms, Meuse said, “it's all in how you build it.”

Upon inspection, Meuse seems to have built a very sturdy tree house. The base of the tree includes two boozer beams that are 30 feet long, 16 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide. The width of the tree house includes two, 25-foot beams that look like oversized railroad ties providing extra support.

What is also impressive are the tree anchors. The anchors are two foot in length and allow the tree to move in all directions. The static anchors provide stability but still move in extreme cases while the dynamic anchors allow up down and side to side movement without stressing the actual structure.

“A tree house affords a nice view in a shaded area,” said Meuse. “Using the base structure, you can add a deck in any direction."

Meuse plans to add two decks to his tree house along with walls and a roof. In fact, Meuse plans to make his tree house split level and possibly run it as a bed and breakfast or just use it as a personal retreat.

Meuse said his ultimate goal is to simply, "find other like-minded people that may want to build tree houses for other people in addition to finding people who may want a tree house built."

Meuse believes there is a untapped market for a venture such as this given the successes that can be found out west.

Meuse lives at 18 Raymer Massey Lane, Luzerne, and can be contacted at (270) 820-6500.

Charles Riley
SurfKY News Reporter
SurfKY News Photos/Charles Riley

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Hopkins County Testing of Sirens

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (12/18/14) — The Hopkins County Emergency Management will be testing the County Sirens on Thursday,… Read More

Kyndle Executives Named to State Board Positions

HENDERSON, Ky. (12/18/14) — Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider and Kyndle Vice President of Economic Development Donna Crooks,… Read More

Most Read This Week

December 16, 2014 9500

Coal Miner Fatally Injured in Underground Mining…

in Top News For All Sites by Dick Brown
December 14, 2014 8508

Muhlenberg Pays Homage to U.S. Armed Forces

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 17, 2014 6395

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 6240

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 4811

Hopkins County Woman Charged Second Time in Two…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 15, 2014 4297

Woman Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in Stolen…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police
December 15, 2014 3296

Vehicle Careens down 150 Foot Embankment with…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 16, 2014 2935

Highway Crews Pre-Treating Roadways for Potential…

in Hopkins News by Keith Todd
December 16, 2014 2908

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 16, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 12, 2014 2822

Governor Beshear Announces Contract for Another…

in Top News For All Sites by Office of the Governor

Stories Trending Today

December 18, 2014 2609

Cat Scratching over Dog Ownership Escalates

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
December 18, 2014 1212

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Sheila Hopper
December 18, 2014 1159

UK Track and Field Announces Initial Eight…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
December 18, 2014 1136

DeArmond Looks Back as Retirement Nears

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 18, 2014 1125

Madisonville Insurance Executive Elected Vice…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Kristy Quinn
December 18, 2014 1050

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 18, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 18, 2014 1030

Traffic Shift for New I-69/Pennyrile Pkwy…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Keith Todd
December 18, 2014 822

City of Earlington Holiday Schedule

in Hopkins News by Julia A. Sellers
December 18, 2014 809

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Drops to 6 Percent in…

in General News For All Sites by Kim Brannock
December 18, 2014 643

Paducah Police Still Searching for Suspect

in Local (Paducah) Top News by Robin Newberry

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss