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See inside this incredible treehouse built from pieces of an old ship

With five-story water views and accents from a salvaged ship, this home has served as inspiration for an acclaimed architect.
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With five-story water views and accents from a salvaged ship, this home has served as inspiration for an acclaimed architect.

Oscar-winner-turned-environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio plans to open his new eco-friendly resort on an island in Belize next year, but some of the planning was done on a different island roughly 3,200 miles away.

The Bainbridge Island home blends in perfectly with surrounding cedar wood trees.Erik Heckt

It’s on Bainbridge Island, Washington just outside of Seattle, where the resort’s architect lived in a five-story home he calls his “treehouse tower.”

“It really spoke to me. It’s really connected to the environment around it,” said homeowner Jason McLennan. “It has great views, great light and it has all these different levels. You can really find a space that fits your mood.”

The treehouse home immerses its visitors in nature. Erik Heckt
A reading room doubles as a lookout point in this sunny spot.Erik Heckt

While McLennan is remaining mum on the project with Dicaprio, he will gladly gush about the three-bedroom, four-bathroom house, along with the surrounding lush, green landscape.

Surrounded by 200-foot-tall cedars and other trees, the home uses reclaimed wood as its base. It was built in 1978 by a different architect, who salvaged four, immense wooden posts to anchor the living space.

McLennan believes that the beams are old-growth Douglas fir and date back more than 100 years, to the turn of the previous century.

The island home is not only built into the tree-lined landscape, but it's also made from local resources as well.Erik Heckt
These kitchen accommodations are a big upgrade from those in childhood treehouses. Erik Heckt
A muted color scheme makes the home fit organically into the Bainbridge island space.Erik Heckt

The builders rescued other touches from an old ship, in a nod to the local maritime industry. Some of the windows are ship portholes, while the doorknobs are repurposed brass handles saved from an old sailing vessel.

The ground floor has an airy living space that leads to an outdoor pond, while the second level holds the main entryway and living room.

The backyard pond provides a breeding ground for beautiful lilies. Erik Heckt
This patio area brings you directly into the forest oasis.Erik Heckt

A 12-foot-long antique leaded glass window anchors the nearby kitchen, while adjacent doors open up to a patio that offers views of Puget Sound.

One floor up, large sliding barn doors conceal a master bedroom and private sun room.

The fourth and fifth floors each contain bedrooms, although in recent years, McLennan used the top floor as his home office, writing a number of books and designing buildings there.

The cozy home offers many special nooks for relaxation.Erik Heckt
The bathroom layout offers new meaning to the saying, "find yourself in nature." The designer placed a window directly next to the vanity-style mirror.Erik Heckt

Looking out the window from his fifth floor office, McLennan said he found some of his deepest inspiration, drawing from the views of passing ferries or the verdant, tree-lined landscape.

This expansive porch space offers the perfect spot for entertaining guests.Erik Heckt

“It’s just nature’s paradise,” he said. “Everything is nestled in the trees, so the trees are intact and the ecosystem is intact. You do feel like you’re in a special place when you’re there.”

The home recently sold for $875,000. Leah Applewhite of Sotheby’s International Realty carried the listing.

Photos by Erik Hecht. Set decoration provided by Lily Karsten. Plants provided by Bainbridge Botanicals.