For many of us, our experience of a treehouse is the one we made with our best friend out of leftover boards we found in the shed and nailed to a lower branch of the oak tree out back. It resulted in some fun, some freedom and some building experience. It was our clubhouse, our escape and our refuge. It was amazing to be above the earth, sitting in the hands of a living thing so much grander than we were at age 10.  

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Some of us remember those days so fondly that as adults we’d like to recapture that sense of wonder, freedom and joy. So, we decide to build a place to live in the trees. Like any truly unique home, there are wonderful advantages and a few issues to overcome and solve.

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As an adult we can truly appreciate the connection with nature. Living in the arms of a tree, we feel nature’s serenity, her power, her changing seasons and her life force. We experience a privacy, a stillness and a tranquility that the hectic life on the ground sometimes obscures. It can almost feel like we are on a permanent vacation, even when we are engaging in a regular routine in society. These are all the fantasy-made-real aspects of life in the trees.

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On a practical level, we can make our treehouse out of natural materials and maybe create it all off the grid, with solar panels, a propane stove, a composting toilet, batteries and a water storage system. It can be difficult connecting treehouses to city power lines and water systems. When plumbing and electrical issues can be overcome in the planning and execution stages, a comfortable environment can be created in a fantasy setting. Treehouse living can be imagination come to life.

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