New Treehouses of the World – Free Spirit Spheres
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Book preview: ‘New Treehouses of the World’

New Treehouses of the World – Free Spirit Spheres
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.

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New Treehouses of the World – Heidi’s Treehouse Chalet
Heidi’s Treehouse Chalet, Poulsbo, Wash.

Nelson describes this 450-square-foot treehouse as a “chalet-style fairy-tale aerie.” The owner especially loves that a ramp, rather than the traditional ladder or stairs, lead to the house.

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New Treehouses of the World – Heidi’s Treehouse Chalet
A view from the living room to the bedroom nook. The ladders go to sleeping lofts. (Pete Nelson)
New Treehouses of the World – Heidi’s Treehouse Chalet
A queen-sized bed in the primary loft. (Pete Nelson)
Heidi’s Treehouse Chalet, living room
Looking into the living room from the bedroom. (Pete Nelson)
New Treehouses of the World – Trillium Treehouse
Trillium Treehouse: Fall City, Wash.

A more modern treehouse hangs off the side of a western red cedar. This treehouse was started during a five-day workshop at the Northwest Treehouse School, which Nelson also runs.

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New Treehouses of the World – Scranton Treehouse
Scranton Treehouse: Scranton, Pa.

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.

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New Treehouses of the World – Teepee Treehouse
Teepee Treehouse: eastern Pennsylvania

Nelson found this treehouse through his partner Jake Jacob. It was designed with a Native American theme (note the teepee-like roof) and is made almost entirely of salvaged or reclaimed materials.

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New Treehouses of the World – Teepee Treehouse
The rafters were salvaged from a local 100-year-old barn.

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New Treehouses of the World – Solace Treehouse
Solace Treehouse: western New Jersey

A classic treehouse designed by Dan Mack. In his book “New Treehouses of the World,” Nelson writes, “This is the kind of place I dreamed about as a kid.”

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New Treehouses of the World – Porecatu Treehouse
Porecatu Treehouse: Porecatu, Brazil

Nelson isn’t the only treehouse specialist in the world. Ricardo Brunellie, Brazil’s preeminent treehouse builder, built this house about 300 miles west of Sao Paulo.

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New Treehouses of the World – Porecatu Treehouse
A large extended family uses the Porecatu Treehouse as a weekend retreat. (Chris Yorke)
New Treehouses of the World – Beach Rock Treehouse
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.

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