treehouse dreams continue: long live the hemloft



We’ve been fantasizing about treehouses — ones that you build, ones that you rent — for a while now. The closest we’ve gotten to having one of our own is a little fort attached to our D.I.Y. playground. Part of the problem is that we don’t have any appropriately placed, sturdy trees on our property. After reading the story of the HemLoft, maybe that’s not such a problem after all.

You see, Joel Allen had this idea to put an egg-shaped treehouse high up in the woods in Whistler, B.C. The land where his hand-built, gorgeous dwelling rests is “crown land” or national Canadian property. Using salvaged wood mostly gathered for free through Craigslist, Allen worked on the project for nearly 3 years. The unique egg shape is incredibly sturdy and fits into the surrounding forest gracefully. We hope it will be there for a long time and that explorers enjoying hunting it down.

In the meantime, Joel has set up a lovely site that explains his journey to the Hemloft, and is wondering what to do next. Curious for more? Check it out here.

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How intriguing! I’ve never had a treehouse before, but this forest setting is just perfect for any explorer wishing to be “roughin’ it.”

Such a neat treehouse! A treehouse like this would be a great getaway with a good book and wine.