In 1985, interior designer Kathy Speas and her contractor husband, Andy Sikora, built their ranch house in the foothills of Colorado Springs, and later added a custom backyard treehouse for their children. Years later, after the kids moved into homes of their own and the treehouse was removed, the duo designed and built a new deck that provides the same immersive feel the treehouse once had.

“We wanted to create a level where you felt like you were floating in the trees,” Speas says of the 16-by-16-foot deck that’s surrounded by ponderosa pines and offers views of Cheyenne Mountain, Pikes Peak, and, at night, twinkling city lights 1,000 feet below.

Speas chose rounded furnishings, including Grandin Road chairs, glowing LED planters, and a Frontgate fire pit, for a soft contrast to the deck’s sharp lines. The result? An inviting alfresco space where Speas and Sikora enjoy their morning coffees and gather with family and friends—a grown-up retreat in the trees.

This article was originally published in 5280 Home August/September 2022.
Rebecca Bratburd
Rebecca Bratburd
Rebecca Bratburd is a contributing writer for 5280 and pens the monthly Hot Properties column, which showcases the best luxury listings in the Denver metro area.