It's nice to remind ourselves that treehouses are built into the oldest and most forgiving, living things on earth. Also, history records treehouses as being built as deliberate follies, as challenges for arboreal designers, for merrymaking, and for keeping the spirit of a fairy tale magic treehouse alive. But treehouses can also be social places. There are many that were built to entertain, to hang out with friends, or as guest houses. Trees welcome all types. From casual treeshacks made from discarded lumber to multi tiered feats of fancy, there are shelters representing myriad builders - interesting characters ranging from childhood fanatics grown up, to weekend carpenters, to those who want their grandkids to have the best clubhouse on the block.
Treehouses represent freedom: from adults or adulthood, from duties and responsibilities, from an earthbound perspective. From atop a tree you could ones survey the landscape like a monarch, escape your parents' watchful eye, and let your imagination run wild. But just because you've grown up, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy the sense of liberation a tree provides. You can still build your own castle in the air, be it a simple child's playhouse or an adult's cozy retreat with all the modern conveniences, including electricity, a vacation home, an office or a full-time residence. There is a lot to think about when building the treehouse to last. The most important thing to get right is the support system. Planning things out in advance will save you hours and hours in the long run. Problems not anticipated now will drastically reduce the useful life of the treehouse and can make the whole thing a danger to whoever is inside. Whether you would like to build your children a safe and fun place to play and dream, or you are contemplating your own retreat from the drudgeries of earth-bound living, you can make your tree fantasies come true by designing and building the house that's right for you and your family.
Anyone who has ever built the treehouse, or dreamed of it will find treehouses irresistible.