Laurel is professional photographer and shares on her blog how the project came about.
“For those of you who don’t know how amazing my husband is, here is a glimpse… I always wanted a treehouse as I was growing up and never got the chance to have one, so when he told our kids last year that he would build one for them, I made him deliver on that promise! It took him a bit longer than expected because he is a perfectionist and a beautiful designer, so it evolved as he built it. But, the end result was definitely worth it. The kids are thrilled and I am so proud of him.”
Pankrats explains to American Profile, that he was not always completely confident in the process but was lent a (tiny) hand or two, “The special moments for me were when the kids were helping me build it,” says Pankratz, a massage therapist. “They would come out and honestly wanted to help me because they knew I was doing it for them. That meant a lot to me.”