Meet Our New Tree House Designer

Working as an Architectural Assistant for the last 5 months, graduate Mari Shirley is able to merge her sense of fun and her creative abilities into her day-to-day job as a luxury tree house designer.

So now she’s been with us for a few months as an Architectural Assistant, we thought we’d catch up with her to see how she’s been finding things:

How did you come to work for Blue Forest?

A few years ago I came across some press about Blue Forest and was amazed at the work they produced. After finishing university and applying for jobs in architecture, I then decided to contact the company and see if there was a vacancy. By coincidence they were interviewing the next day for a Tree House Designer so I very quickly sent over my CV!

What’s it been like designing tree houses so far?

It has been a challenge at times. I have enjoyed getting my head around the requirements of the job and the variety of different projects I have been able to work on. I love being able to use my creativity to come up with new ideas. One of the first projects I worked on was the design of an exciting adventure play area for a school. The project has just got planning permission and I can’t wait to see it being built.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Being imaginative in coming up with new and fun ideas for each brief! Also being able to hand sketch the designs, it makes the tree houses more personal and adds character which is so relevant for bespoke creations.

What do your friends and family think of your job as a tree house designer?

A mixture of jealousy and disbelief…

What would your dream tree house look like?

Very rustic, made from reclaimed materials, with that shabby chique feel. It would have stunning views from high up in the trees and incorporate lots of quirky features like secret hideaway spaces, cosy window seats and hot tub or outdoor bath!

If I had a tree house, it would be adream come true!

The most amazing tree house in the world would have… lots of personal and luxurious touches, with different levels to explore via spiral staircases and rope bridges. A dramatic swing seat, an outdoor fire pit/ indoor wood burner for cosy feels inside and out and a luxurious free-standing outdoor bath to relax in are all a must!

We’re currently running a giveaway competition over on our Facebook page to win an exclusive framed tree house sketch by Mari – it’s a one-of-a-kind piece of tree house art and it’s signed by Mari herself. It would make the perfect Christmas present for any tree house enthusiast so take a look for your chance to win.

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