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Einstein's Castle
Treehouse Home

by Shel Silverstein

A tree house.
A free house.
A secret you and me house.
A high up in the leafy branches.
A happy as can be house.
A street house.
A neat house.
A be sure to wipe your feet house,
is not the kind of house for me.
Let's go and live in a treehouse.

The Treehouse Guide - All inclusive, best treehouse website we've found

On the East Coast call Tree Top Builders, the pros from Pennsylvania

a kid-built treehouse

MysTrees - Rambling complex of treehouses and swinging bridges, "Best Treehouse Ever" - Out'N About: Treehouse Treesort & Construction .

Treehouses of the Korowai - New Guinea natives live in family groups in treehouses up to 50 meters in height. Slideshow

Canopy Access Providers Walkways, Towers, Platforms, Cable Lines, Rope Climbing Gear

Global Canopy Handbook PDF Scholary Text - Techniques of Access and Study in the Forest Roof

Treehouses You Can Actually Build – A Weekend Project Book Easy-to-build treehouse projects from novice to expert.

Steampunk Tree House An Oakland Calif project by Sean Orlando.

Daniels Woodland Whimsical Treehouses, Paso Robles, CA

Tree House Page Step by Step story about a real treehouse project

Costa Rica Tree House Lodge ... Off the coast of Costa Rica, in the heart of a jungle wildlife refuge, flies a hidden treasure The Forever Young Treehouse Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that creates, develops and constructs accessible treehouses.

10 Amazing Tree Houses from Around the World Ten tree house designs from functional to fanciful.

The Bamboo Treehouse A Bamboo Treehouse vacation rental in Puerto Rico, featuring The Amazing Hooch

Treehouses By Design : Everything you want to know about designing and building your own treehouse.

Kyle's Tree House - Dedicated to empowering autastic people

The Treehouse Book: by Peter and Judy Nelson.

Treehouse Guides - Plans and designs to build different treehouses. Easy-to-follow instructions.

The Treehouse Camp, On South Mountain in Rohrersville, Maryland.

Treehouse Coffee Shop120 West Merchant Street
Audubon, NJ 08106
Phone: 856-547-3270

Cedar Creek Treehouse Mt. Rainier Cedar Creek Treehouse in Washington state

Roy Tennant's Treehouse Photos of Roy's handmade treehouse.

Hawaii Treehouse Vacations rentals on Maui and the Big Island

Northeast treehouse designs and construction Design and Build to suit all ages and interest.

Corbin's Treehouse I did live in a treehouse, for about 5 years, before i moved to Los Gatos, Ca. It is still around, and I do visit it every now and again

Tarzan's Treehouse Go ape over this climb-through DisneyLand adventure..

The Nahiku Treehouse On the Hawaiian Island of Maui


Doctors Without Borders


* especially EINSTEIN'S CASTLE, , a tree house inspired marvel by Fine Treehouse Building

six views from the inside a few of our more exclusive client list tree houses
view 7 from inside a treehouse view 1 from inside a treehouse view 2 from inside a treehouse view 5 from inside a treehouse view 1 from inside a treehouse view 6 from inside a treehouse

Excerpts below reprinted from a recent Scientific American online magazine:

"...In the 1950s prizewinning biologist and doctor Jonas Salk was working on a cure for polio in a dark basement laboratory in Pittsburgh. Progress was slow, so to clear his head, Salk traveled to Assisi, Italy, where he spent time in a 13th-century monastery, ambling amid its columns and cloistered courtyards. Suddenly, Salk found himself awash in new insights, including the one that would lead to his successful polio vaccine. Salk was convinced he had drawn his inspiration from the contemplative setting. He came to believe so strongly Organic Tree Juice Kitchen in architecture’s ability to influence the mind that he teamed up with renowned architect Louis Kahn to build the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., as a scientific facility that would stimulate breakthroughs and encourage creativity." (FTB: Treehouses can do the same for your spirit.)

"...Architects (FTB: and treehouse builders and dwellers) have long intuited that the places we inhabit can affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. But now, half a century after Salk’s inspiring excursion, behavioral scien­­-tists are giving these hunches an empirical basis. They are unearthing tantalizing clues about how to design spaces that promote creativity, keep students focused and alert, and lead to relaxation and social intimacy. (FTB: Giving more credence to the Fine Treehouse Code of Intelligent Building quidelines.) Institutions such as the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in San Diego are encouraging interdisciplinary research into how a planned ­environment influences the mind, and some architecture schools are now offering classes in introductory neuroscience..."

You can read the remainder of the article here (fee). But what it says, if I may summarize, is that:

1) A room with a view of nature promotes focus, and rests the mind. Furthermore, the more green the view, the greater the effect. “We evolved in an environment that predisposes us to function most effectively in green spaces,” says researcher Stephen Kaplan. (A well-designed treehouse will design and build by Nelson Chan, through Fine Treehouse Building often have a limb or two growing and spouting leaves inside the structure.)
2) Another finding: "students with unrestricted views of at least 50 feet outside the window, including gardens, mountains and other natural elements, had higher scores on tests of vocabulary, language arts and math than did students without such expansive vistas or with primarily urban views." (A treehouse can usually be positioned to catch the best possible view.)
3) Re: The need for natural lighting.. (A treehouse is apt to provide soft natural lighting to the occupant, enhancing the body circadian systems, with a fun interplay of sunshine and leaf shadows).
4) It's equally appropo, if the contours of the interior reflect green, organic shapes as well, and parcularly shuns sharp angular interior corners. (Hey that's a treehouse.)
SO, new science research confirms the long-standing Fine Treehouse Building premises that 1) nature abhors a rectangle and so do we:-); - 2) the tree is the ultimate architect of any treehouse project, to the good of all; 3) "don't get even, get odd"; and 4) we are happier, feel better, Bed on Roof deck of Pirate Ship think clearer. and create more easily in a tree than in a house or dorm or hotel or most any other structure, period. AND, most importantly, and this is one conclusion science hasn't drawn yet, but I'm betting will soon, which is: The common architectual over-reliance on the use of the rectangular shape, and the 90% right angle, is really square, man, and we're not kidding. Standard home building practices will make you stupid and probably sterile. Seriously, I've noticed many times how much better I felt, i.e. calmer, more peaceful, wiser even, when I was living (sleeping, working, and playing) in my "orginal treehouse" in the Berkeley HIlls, than when I lived totally inside. I still sleep outside (on a screened in porch, our dogs now claiming the treehouse) every night, it is so restful, though not as connected to the Big Wow as being in close contact with a tree, but still very nice. It's no coincidence that Buddha reached enlightment sitting under, and on the roots of, a giant tree. Try it sometime, you'll see!

all designs, text, and photos copyright 2013, 2014 by John Lionheart, Berkeley, Calif