Pete Nelson is a treehouse guy. His company the Tree House Workshop not only builds them, but he also travels the world finding inspiring homes in the treetops to write about and photograph. In May, his fifth book on the subject, “New Treehouses of the World,” hits the stores. Here’s a sneak preview.
Free Spirit Spheres: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
The treehouse here was originally conceived as a spherical houseboat. It is 10.5 feet in diameter and is suspended by nylon ropes attached to three trees.
Everyone should have access to a treehouse! At least that’s what the people behind Forever Young Treehouses believe. Using volunteers, they have built 19 U.S. treehouses, all of which comply with the American Disabilities Act.
A large extended family uses the Porecatu Treehouse as a weekend retreat. (Chris Yorke)
Beach Rock Treehouse: Okinawa, Japan
This treehouse by Japanese builder Kobayahsi Takashi was constructed with the express purpose of communicating with outer space. “A sparkling beacon among treetops, it is easy to imagine the dome succeeding at its mission to make contact with alien life,” writes Nelson.