Based on my own decades of installing significant trees in a lovely timber framed great room, I offer the following advice and tips:
- I have had luck, going to funky cut-em-yourself places and offering to harvest one of their left over monsters. Some tree growers are happy to have a tree removed that has already outgrown their more standard market. Make em an offer, see what they say.
- I love hanging trees from their upper limbs or trunk, rather than relying on nearly inevitably overwhelmed tree stands on the floor. You can use a noose or a pair of sticks, wired together under convenient branches. The sticks, then, bridged between two handy timbers in the frame (and I would carve the date, height, and price of each tree in the reused sticks) This also allows for bigger green-sustaining water buckets. Speaking of which, look for those siphon fed buckets - much tidier than crawling under low hanging branches with a ewer.
- I have enjoyed plugging lights into a specifically wired outlet, one with a rheostat on it. This can tie the tree lights into the same plugs that handle the rope lights backlighting timbers. This makes for easy ambiance adjusting.
- I cannot overstate the convenience of having an extra wide, even double, door into the great room. I had to protect my soft redwood door jambs with cardboard, during insertion. Taking a dried and stiffened tree out is even harder, and done without the festive attitude that accompanied the prior passage. I usually limb the tree out, prior to removal. I have, even, used a chain saw to do this; fun. I often killed two birds by having the tree leave the room as smoke and tinsel enhanced ashes.