Treehouses bring out the kid in everyone. Whether for a child in your life or as a relaxing escape, a treehouse is a fun job to build that can analyze your imagination and be very rewarding. From backyard escapes to treetop vacation retreats that are elaborate, the book will provide you with ideas, inspiration and the foundational that is important know how you have to build a treehouses which is safe for the tree and for you. We sat down with the writer to chat about his background and what his novel will offer to give readers some more insight into the job.
How did you first get started building treehouses?
I moved to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky to pursue rock climbing and apprentice with a timber frame cottage contractor once I was 19. I became inspired to build a treehouse. I recall watching the tops of the trees while I squished around in my boots being dried by the breeze. The canopy only seemed so amazing and appealing. I’ve always loved climbing trees and the dream of living in a treehouse goes back as far as I can recall. I used my rigging knowledge from the carpentry skills and rock climbing I had acquired from my work to build what would be my arboreal house for the next three years. It was a modest construction that was hung over a creek, between two trees, 45 feet. My outlook really changed on how I needed to live and filled me. Irrespective of what the day held, by the time I reached the last rung on my rope ladder I was laughing to myself about how blessed I was.
What’s the most common thing people miss when they start a treehouse project?
You will probably damage or kill the tree, if you assemble like you’re working off of a giant wooden post sunk into the ground. I see this a lot when folks assemble tree houses that strangle trees, or construct a house that will eventually choke the tree to departure. Trees are bouncy and exceptionally strong; an amazing tree house that grows with the tree can be built by you, but it takes some comprehension of tree anatomy. A lot moves and grow rapidly and you need to take that into account when designing.