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Tree houses when your tree won't cooperate.

Tree houses when your tree won't cooperate A playroom in the air, each of the two structures on these pages addresses a different problem faced by many tree-house builders: if its branches are too high for safe play, the tree in your back yard may make a tree house seem impossible; or, the very thought of driving nails into a pristine tree may strike you as sacrilege.

Manmade branches offer their support

In Portland, Nora Lehnoff and Tom Giese had two majestic conifers growing about 4 feet apart, both with lowest branches a dizzying 40 feet up. With builder Phil Wilson, They ran a single deck around both trees a safer 6 feet off the ground, supporting it on knee braces. Since each tree moves independently, decking couldn't be nailed directly to the radiating braces. Instead, it was nailed to horizontal 2-by-4s resting flat atop the braces. When the trees sway, the whole platform slides gently on the bracing.

An avocado pokes through the floor

Called "Tree Haus" by architect Doug Mayoras of the Stichler Design Group, this 100-square-foot project, an A.I.A. award-winner, surrounds an avocado tree in his San Diego garden.

The freestanding, split-level structure sits on 4-by-4 posts to let the tree move and grow. Children can hide within the tree's canopy on the L-shaped main platform, or climb through an arbored bridge to the crow's nest to watch for pirates.
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