All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Saturday, July 29, 2006

A Treehouse for Grownups

Peter Lewis built a two-story treehouse in Bridgton, and then wrote a book about the experience.
A local landmark weighing three tons, the timber-framed hexagonal treehouse is suspended by cables strung over a crotch in the 200-year-old tree. It’s very different from the treehouse that Lewis, at age 8 or 9, built with his dad at their home in Connecticut and tore down a few years later because "it was a kid thing."

His mid-life version is a 250-square-foot insulated retreat — five times larger than originally planned — with two porches, 21 windows, a small coal-burning stove, a futon, a desk, a spiral staircase, a retractable drawbridge whose steps lead up to the house and an upstairs chess room with chess pieces made from twigs, pine cones and acorns. [Link]


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