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About Us... About Us? We is about treehouses! *


FROM: Wikipedia: "Technically, A tree house or tree fort is a deck or building constructed around, next to, or among the trunk or branches of Original Treehouse one or more mature trees while above ground level". FineTreehouseBuilding: However, to refine that above definition, we believe that a real treehouse is one that Make a Wish treehouse interior, painting by Tirso the Magnificantis supported by and/or encompasses, at the minimum, a trunk or large branch of one or more mature trees into its interior space. Which puts an occupant into friendly embrace with a living tree, and the larger and older the tree the more soulful and soothing the effect. From my own 8 years of experience living in a real treehouse, I know that: A real treehouse is fine to indulge oneself in: contemplation, recreation, relaxation, habitation, observation, meditation, rejuvenation, experimentation, even business on occasion, and last but not least, Original TReehouse trunk and limb inside a real treehouse (as defined above) is also a haven for snuggling and laughing and sharing acts of creation with the whole family, or via Zoom, with the whole dang nation! On a spiritual level: there is something profound about being immersed in the  custom entry doorquiet subtle flow of chi energy radiating from a living tree that, when you enter, that silently starts to facilitate your mental transition from the obligations and distractions of the jangly world, into a relaxed, mindful state of being, that promotes holistic health and emotional well being. (It's great for kids too! They really "get it."),* It is certainly not coincidental that: some of the world's foremost spiritual leaders have sought the shelter of a tree or trees to connect with their higher power: e.g. Buddha reaching Redwood Temple Treehouse in Saratoga enlightenment under the Bodhi tree; Jesus, finding solace in the "Garden of Gethsemane"; The Hindu Lord, Shiva, is often represented sitting comfortably in the shade of an immortal Banyon tree, etc. And trees are sacred to most all aboriginal peoples the world over, and for good reason (link ). Even the New York Dept of Environmental Conservation advises: "Spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood. Numerous studies show that both exercising in forests and simply sitting looking at trees reduce blood pressure as well as the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline."

* I'm working on a form of non-profit assisted treehouse ownership too, called "Play.Study.Create" - based on my personal experience that having a built in desk / study area in a kid's treehouse, will transfer over to measurable gains in academia - it did for me!!) Stay Tuned!

I love trees. I love treehouses. I love being in nature, in a forest, in a comfortable relaxing environment, such as can be found up in a treehouse. And I love building tree houses. I don't go in for way-high-in-the-sky, extreme treehouse type tree houses, I prefer to stick closer to the ground, safer for all concerned. And I've never lived in a hobbit house but would like to try that someday too. I did not build this hobbit house, photo links to the original design/builder Contact me, we'll design / build one for you. I like being inside a safe structure that has been organically constructed out of naturally occuring non-toxic material, and assembled in a peaceful happy manner. I'm careful to sand off the pointy ends of trim pieces so to help prevent future splinters - this is not a guarantee you won't encounter one yourself, in an ouchy way - but i'll give you a piece of sandpaper when we've otherwise completed the project, and show you how to use it. Remind me if I forget. Thanks! PS: And regarding the photo of me and me Mum  treehouse builder's mother and muse below (she passed in April, 2018), I may seemingly work alone, but want to write that my mother, who was my muse and number one fan, is still very much with me in spirit and she was/maybe still is on some level, an excellent designer of treehouses and other interiors, including the interiors of children's minds. Have you ever noticed that there are hundreds of exterior photos of darling tree houses on the internet, but interior photos to match are quite scarce. Not everywhere though. Check out our home page, and our Original Treehouse page, scroll down, tell me what you see., signed, John LionHeart, June 18, 2020

PS: You've read this far down, you're in the Hollow Trunk Club now, you ok, you can see my autobiographies: John Lionheart dot com and my Linked In page:

Design and photo credits

All design and construction by John Lionheart and friends, except where noted:

1) Original Treehouse, Berkeley, Built-in desk area.

2) Taj Mahal Treehouse, Berkeley.

3) Original Treehouse, Berkeley, platform bed are to the left, and desk, office area to the right. Note the beautiful tree limb elegantly separating the two spaces.

4) Custom trifold cedar door, Redwood Temple Treehouse, Saratoga CA
5) Redwood Temple Treehouse, Saratoga, CA
6) Hobbit House, design and construction by DIYprojects.com
photo links to DIYprojects.com
7) photo of John Lionheart and his Mother, Berkeley, circa 2005, John was, of course, designed and built by his mother and father.


"Just a little tree house,
Rope ladder trailing down.
Sitting in the oak tree,
Twenty feet off the ground.

Just some old boards nailed together,
On the branches way up high.
Through all kinds of Texas weather,
Underneath the Lonestar sky.

Spending the night up in the tree,
On some old wooden boards,
Sleeping rather peacefully,
Amidst the mosquito hordes.

Sounds in the night,
Sometimes kept us awake.
Our eyes filled with fright,
As we felt the tree shake.

It's still up there, high in the tree,
Falling apart now nail, by nail.
Getting ready to crumble, down,
In a south Texas gale.

The Tree House Poem (c) 2010 Juan Olivarez.

This page last updated ... July 14, 2020

above text (except for the poetry) and images copyright by John LionHeart 2020