There is more to treehouses than just a house in the branches, says Adam Laufer, owner of World Treehouses in Asheville.
More on his take on treehouse building:
“The whole reason I’m doing this is because something magical happens in the trees, and I want to bring this to people so they’ll feel that, too. I don’t want to come across as just a contractor. I want to do something more than just build a generic treehouse. I want to provide people with a space where they feel they’re in a special sacred communion with nature.
“When I think about space, I focus on how well it works for the need, but also how the space feels and how it has been created to respect and show appreciation for the trees and the forest or land it inhabits. I actually look at a project from the tree’s perspective and needs, as well as from the human client’s perspective and needs. I’m also interested in using the most sustainable and nontoxic products I can, which is part of showing respect for the land and the trees. I won’t build a treehouse if it’s disrespecting the tree.”
Above image: Adam assesses and connects with a tree at the site of a future treehouse in Haywood County, NC.
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