Would you live in a treehouse?

Fun little short documentary from the Atlantic on YouTube, in which you meet people who build, live in, and love treehouses. Gotta be honest here, this is very much a lifelong passion and dream of mine.

Would you live in a treehouse? The appeal is obvious to any kid, but it can seem like a daunting idea for adults. Nevertheless, cultural interest has erupted in recent years. You can vacation at a "treesort," or watch a reality show about treetop architecture, or even rent a room in a treehouse on Airbnb. [...]

These are far from the forts of childhood memory, though. They employ artificial limbs for support, boast both plumbing and running water, and wouldn't look out of place in luxury lifestyle magazines. "Treehouses are becoming more and more adult," says Michael Garnier, a treehouse building pioneer. "They're not just for kids anymore."


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  1. Yes. Yes, I would.

  2. No, no I would not. But an underground lair with a lake beside it and a panoramic underwater view of the flora and fauna...?

    (Or lava. I'll also take lava)

  3. Would I? WOOD I ?!?

  4. I would live in a treehouse. I would probably live anywhere. It seems to me that I'm only picky about where I live for the sake of my wife and children.

    When I was a kid, I always wanted a treehouse. My dad always said we didn't have the right kind of trees, so I never got to have one. When it was my turn, I built my kids a treehouse. They were completely indifferent to it.

    I built that treehouse out of wood reclaimed from pallets. It was a lot of work, but it was free (in the sense that it cost me no actual dollars). That treehouse lasted four years before the wood was so fragile that the whole thing was unsafe. I had to tear the whole thing down earlier this year. I was the only one sad to see it go.

    I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, but better this time.

    Moral of the story: if you decide to build a treehouse out of wood from pallets, be thoughtful about how you protect it from the elements.

  5. Oh how I want a cave house with a running stream in it! You don't even know!!

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