A Treehouse Grows in British Columbia by George Dyson

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A Treehouse Grows in British Columbia
By George Dyson, MAKE Magazine, Volume 05, p.190

In 1972, George Dyson built a treehouse 95 feet up in a Douglas Fir tree on the shore of Burrard Inlet, Belcarra Park, British Columbia.

George tells the story of how the boat he was travelling aboard hit a large cedar log and towed it into harbour. He then began to split the log into shakes and dream of building a shelter with the wood.

Squatting on Crown land was a blurry issue at the time and few people took notice of his chosen location in a tree right on the shore. Dyson talks of the stunning views and the microclimate pockets that he discovered high in these trees. Winter weather was managable largely due to increased sunlight exposure and being above the dampness that blanketed the ground.

George salvaged nearly all the materials for the home and incorporated 14 living branches into the structure. He installed a small wood burning stove and insulation reclaimed from packaging waste. The home served him quite well even during intense storms that cause the structure to gyrate 8 feet or so.

The article is an inspirational story about George’s experience living in a tree house for three years. I recommend checking out the full piece as published in MAKE Magazine.