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Treehouses: Imagine the Possibilities!

Who hasn’t fantasized about living in a treehouse? Whether you are a child who wants to rule his backyard from a crows nest in the trees or an adult who seeks solace away from their everyday life of working, treehouses offer “the stuff dreams are made of”. Most treehouses can be built by a handy man or a dad who is handy with tools. But some treehouses are unique, imaginative and special. Some structures are built on trees or hung from trees and some unusual tree houses are grown from trees or even built right into a tree.

Some people see living in trees as an extravagance, some want to save the environment and others out of tradition or necessity. Tree house designs that range from functional to whimsical, sustainable to eccentric and affordable to amazingly expensive. Innovative builders keep imagination alive in their treehouses. Combining architecture and landscaping they create treehouses which mix beautifully into their wooded surroundings, and preserve the health and integrity of the trees that support them.

Now it’s your turn. We at Eldergadget recognize and honor the energy and zest for life our readers have. So if you’ve always wanted to build a treehouse for yourself, your children or grandchildren now’s your chance. We will soon be publishing a “How-you-do-it” column covering as many aspects of building a treehouse as possible. We will draw upon experts in the field as well as our own Lon Levin, author of “Treehouses” to guide you through the process. So keep a watch out for the column and start planning today.

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2 Responses to Treehouses: Imagine the Possibilities!

  1. Russell edgley May 1, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I was interested in building a tree house. I am building a tree house for my son. Any information you can give me will be appreciated Thank You Russell

  2. Daniel Gill March 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Russell, when you build a tree house there are a few factors to take into account. How many kids, how long do you want it to last, etc. Best to use treated lumber of course if you want it to last for a long time, meaning decades, and as for kids, build something fun yet safe. Go nuts and add bridges to other platforms on other trees for example, tire swings that can get major air from the T.H.’s porch, zip-lines for quick escapes can actually be built quite simple with handle bars, pulleys and steel cables, but make sure to add a harness for safety depending on height of course. Build your son something that he will be bringing all his little friends over to show off

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