JK Rowling's planned new tree houses at Edinburgh home
Page last updated at 10:14 GMT, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:14 UK
- Images of two tree houses that JK Rowling is planning to build for her children have been revealed on the Edinburgh City Council website. The 40ft (12m), two-storey buildings will be built in the garden of her mansion.
- It's estimated that the structures will cost the Harry Potter author £150,000. They need planning permission because they are so large. The 46-year-old has a boy called David, who's nine, and a girl called Mackenzie, who's seven.
- The tree houses are connected by a rope bridge. The first can either be accessed from the garden itself or through a "secret" tunnel which opens onto a walkway leading to the house on the left.
- Both tree houses have turrets on the side and look a bit like Hogwarts from her Harry Potter books. Also included are lanterns above the doors, balconies and carvings. They would be built on wooden stilts.
- The house on the right is called "David's tree house" in the plans and has a fireman's pole on the outside of the structure plus a basket and pulley. Both would be built using wood from sustainably managed forests.
- On the right in this image is "Kenzie's Tree House", which the Edinburgh City Council plans reveal has a spiral staircase and a trapdoor with rope ladder. The roof has cedar shingle tiles. There are also nature boxes for birds to nest in.
- There's also space for a play area in front of the houses including swings and a trampoline deck, which can accessed from a ladder at the end of the walkway. A slide is also attached to the outside of Kenzie's Tree House.
- The planning application has been made in the name of JK Rowling's husband, Dr Neil Murray. They've been at the £2 million house since buying it in 2009. Rowling's 18-year-old daughter Jessica lives with them.