You want to build a house. But you have a tree–perhaps a very big tree– growing in the middle of the proposed building site. Remember who got there first.
Often, the graceful solution will be to build a deck around the tree’s trunk. To avoid harming the tree’s root system, don’t sink footings too close to the trunk–consult an arborist to calculate a safe distance based on the type of tree and its size. When framing the deck, build a box around the trunk to protect it from the weight of the joists. And leave enough open space around the tree trunk to accommodate future growth. Here are five decks that work: