My name is Abraham SquirrelHeart, some call me The Treehouse Guru.
I love trees. I love treehouses. I lived in a treehouse for about 8 years. It was the first treehouse that I built as an adult. I loved being in that tree house, sleeping in that tree house, working in that tree house (I keep a web page for a radio news show every weekday evening for two years in that treehouse, and I ran a small insurance adjusting business from that treehouse for another two years). I’ve moved from there now though, and I don’t have a treehouse of my own anymore, but I still love designing and building treehouses because I know how great they are. And I think everybody would have one. Especially in this climate (SF Bay area).
A treehouse can a sanctuary for so many purposes. A treehouse can be your own personal retreat center, a private place for yoga, for prayer or meditation, a natural sanctuary when you just feel like getting away from it all, away from the chaos of everyday life, to get really comfortable and relaxed. Or maybe it’s naturally the most fun place you have to hangout with the kids, to play video games or to to help them work on their schoolwork. I usually try to build a desk area into all the treehouses that I build for clients with children. I did some research into the environmental factors that help children learn, and, wouldn’t you know it, being in nature is right up there number one. A historical footnote that I like to mention, is that Albert Einstein, in 1923-24, the years the was working on winning the Nobel Prize, spent a lot away from home and university, alone or with his two young sons, in a rented “garden house” nestled in the trees near a lake.