“Fitted with all the mod cons, treehouses are no longer just for kids” – Sunday Times – Wendy Sloane
Alison Rose, who lives in Highgate, north London, and works in the City, wanted something more, ahem, down to earth when she had a treehouse made for her daughter Millie, 3. Built by Treehouse Life, based in Surrey, it took less than three weeks to construct from splinter-proof wood imported from South Africa at a cost of £12,000.
“We have quite a big woodland-type garden and wanted to create a play area that was sympathetic to it,” says Rose. The treehouses’s one circular room is roughly 24ft by 24ft and is fully insulated, with lighting, a thatched roof and removable swings and slides.
“Millie loves it” says Rose. “She spends hours in there, playing make-believe games. It’s a real feast for her imagination.”
Paul Cameron, owner of Treehouse Life, is adamant that treehouses should first and foremost be a place for children. “When people reach 40 and they’re earning big salaries, they think about building a treehouse with a kitchen and a dining room. They often get talked about as adult spaces, but it shouldn’t only be like that,” he says.
“Although £12,000 is a lot of money, a treehouse is something that a child will never forget. Millie loves her treehouse – she’s out there every day and she’s in fantasy land, dressing up as a princess while her ‘boyfriend’ dresses up as a man in armour and has tea parties, with her. That’s what it’s all about,” says Cameron.
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