Over the past 7 years, the couple have built many treehouses and rented them out. They founded a company specializing in this area and became experts in building tree houses.
Mike (65 years old) and Caroline Parrish (45 years old) expanded their business by building a 7th house called “The Alchemy”. However, the special feature of the house is that instead of being in the tree as usual, The Alchemy is hidden in the ground.
Speaking to Insider, Mike said they were inspired to build The Alchemy while searching for ideas online. The couple found a photo of an underground bunker and wanted to create a surprise entrance to the house. Therefore, they decided to set up the camping hut as the entrance to the house.
Couple Caroline Parrish (left) and Mike Parrish (right) have been married for 16 years. Photo: Insider.
The aboveground part of The Alchemy house. Photo: Maxwell Wyndorf.
Currently, The Alchemy underground house has a rental price of 396 USD/night (more than 9 million VND/night). Photo: Maxwell Wyndorf.
“We thought, ‘How great it would be to have the tent on the ground, and when people zip it open, they’ll be amazed by the sight in front of them,'” Mike said.
At first glance, many people think that the hut looks quite dull, nothing outstanding. But as soon as they step inside, visitors will encounter a 3.6-meter slide, leading them inside the house like the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Inside, the house is resplendent with décor inspired by the iconic witch movie. The floor is covered with multi-colored rugs, stacked on top of each other. Because Mike wanted the tent motif to appear throughout the house, they covered the ceiling and walls with a variety of fabrics, sourced from a warehouse in South Carolina. In addition, they also hung some rugs on the wall to create a cozy feeling.
Like the couple’s other Airbnb homes, The Alchemy has full heating, electricity, air conditioning and plumbing. The kitchen has cooking utensils, a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffee maker. The house also has a shower room.
The 3.6 meter long spiral slide takes visitors inside the house. Photo: Maxwell Wyndorf.
Room inside the underground house. Photo: Maxwell Wyndorf.
The Alchemy has a window in the kitchen, allowing guests to glimpse the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo: Maxwell Wyndorf.
Caroline and Mike said they spent 6-8 months building the fully furnished treehouse. However, that period varies from project to project. With The Alchemy, they started construction in August 2021 and officially opened to visitors in February. This project cost 300,000 USD (more than 7 billion VND) to build.
Despite becoming expert treehouse builders, Mike and Caroline’s work hasn’t always been smooth sailing.
One of the challenges Mike and Caroline face, like many other companies, is the Covid-19 pandemic. They said the project was shut down for two weeks because the contract worker tested positive for Covid-19. The problem doesn’t stop there. The couple also faced difficulties in purchasing raw materials due to the shortage of supply.
They also have another difficulty is creating a roof for The Alchemy. The couple spent a lot of time on the roof as they needed to make the frame, ensure the correct placement of the roof, pour concrete into the frame…
A visitor who has experienced The Alchemy said: “My children and husband were surprised when they saw the tent. The slide and interesting details in the house made not only the children, even us adults see it. impressive”.
The Alchemy can accommodate 4 guests with a queen size bed and rollaway mattress. Photo: Maxwell Wyndorf.