I love treehouses!
And now, in addition to the wonderful benefits a treehouse brings, I’m sitting here trying to collect criticisms …
Let’s start with the disadvantages:
- Cost factor: a real treehouse is not cheap – from self-build with used material (> 600 €), to the insulated residential house (> 5000 €), to the heated luxury treehouse with sanitary facilities and stainless steel slide (> 35000 €) more about the costs here…
- Building permit & neighbourhood: The explicit term “tree house” still does not appear in any building law, and court rulings on this are very rare. Therefore, many builders save themselves the trouble of going to the authorities and simply build on it. However, you have to be careful here, especially with the neighbours: to avoid stress and trouble, you have to inform all the neighbours and all the people concerned about your building project in advance – ideally with a detailed draft and a signature of consent. This article ensures law and order…
- Tree lovers and nature conservationists: The best and also most sustainable method of attaching a treehouse to a tree is to anchor it with special tree screws. Nevertheless, some people are strictly against drilling into trees. You can find steel arguments as well as advantages and disadvantages of all fastening techniques here…
- Noise pollution: Treehouse fun!!! Expect that not only you and your family, but also all kinds of friends, acquaintances and relatives will romp around in the tree house – some neighbours feel annoyed by this.
- Privacy screen: The view from the tree house is not only into nature, but may also open up completely new insights into your neighbours’ bedrooms. Remember that deciduous trees only wear their dress in summer – some neighbours may feel annoyed here too.
- “Disturbing treehouse”: The same applies to the eyeballs of the neighbours – some people do not like the sight of a tree house, especially if they themselves do not have access.
- Children no longer want to go home: Often children nest in the tree house, isolate themselves from their family members, become neglected and grow a metre-long wisdom beard at a prepubescent age.
- Parents don’t want to go home: The same can be observed with the parents; they also like to flee to the new hiding place, are unreachable for days, while the children hold a grudge – the tree house was actually meant for them.
Now for the advantages:
- TAKE YOUR TIME
- BREATHING THROUGH
- CLOSE EYES
- BE FREE
- FIND PEACE
- REST OASIS
- NO PC
- NO TELEPHONE
- NO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES
- NO DISTRACTION
- BE LAZY
- GATHER STRENGTH
- NEW IDEAS
- FRESH WIND
- LAUGHING CHILDREN
- SOFT FACES
- DEEP CONVERSATIONS
- GOOD STORIES
- BEAUTIFUL PICTURES
- DISTORT …
Yes, I love treehouses!!!
I have a treehouse myself, and for me it is still a magical haven of peace – it is only here that I feel how hectic and restless our everyday life has become: all the electronics that we have in our hands and that actually have us in their hands; all the indiscriminate sensory impressions that flood us; all the background noises that constantly pelt us; all the negative headlines that we have nothing to do with; all the impure air that we breathe; all the hours that are killed.
This constant stress has become the norm for many people – they no longer know what rest really means – without a smartphone, without constant accessibility, without constant chatter, without having to fill every minute with an “important” activity, restless and constantly under power.
For me, the treehouse is one of those places where I become a human being again, where I can let my soul dangle…. I adapt to the rhythm of nature, I get tired as darkness falls and the temperature drops, I wake up at dawn with the squirrel, my first breath cool and fresh, I stretch, listen to the rustling of the leaves, rejoice in the various birds that gradually wake up, and I realise something very important again – that I am a part of it, that I am also just an animal to some extent, and that I need this feeling!
For me, there are several places that radiate such positive energy: a babbling brook, a rushing river, the sea; an old tree, a damp autumn forest; a lonely peak, a snow-covered winter landscape – and to these wonderfully peaceful and inspiring places I also add the treehouse – such places shake me awake, ground me and remind me that life is not only about work, money and social recognition, that there is something much more important besides constant progress and growth:
Being human: living, loving and not getting too serious!