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One of the most quintessential elements of childhood is the deeply-rooted longing for a treehouse. Whether it’s 1600 or 2016, the need for a treehouse feels almost like it’s biologically necessary to kids everywhere. At Whatcom Tree Service in Bellingham, we know trees – so we know just what makes the perfect treehouse tree, and why this simple living innovation is so perennially popular. Before you dive into tree trimming to build one with your family, look back at the history of the treehouse so you can be fully prepared for what’s to come!

A Rich History

Treehouses are not a modern innovation. Sure, they’ve become associated with the American Dream along with a two-car garage and a white picket fence, but treehouses as a dwelling are an innovation that dates back centuries and have roots in cultures across the globe.

Living in The Trees

According to howstuffworks.com, treehouses are not just a Western creation either. For centuries, Southeast Asian peoples have been building homes raised up in the trees as an added measure of security against flooding and predatory animals. Similarly, monks and spiritual people in both Europe and Asia have used treehouses as a getaway. Though, these holy people used treehouses as a way to get away from the bustle of society to meditate rather than escaping natural dangers.

European Treehouses

As far as treehouses for more frivolous reason go, Europe was the trendsetter there. As early as the 1500s in Italy, treehouses became a necessary part of the gardens of the wealthy, where they served as a viewing deck and lounging space. In France during the 1800s, full restaurants with up to 200 tables were built in trees and meals hoisted up with a pulley system. Nobility also created treehouses for their children, and history shows that Queen Elizabeth I of England had a treehouse which was affixed by rope so it could be taken down in the winter.

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Literature was also influenced by the popularity of building treehouses for living and recreation. Novels like Swiss Family Robinson and Peter Pan described treehouses that were functional living spaces but also romantically idealistic. After all, where else would a group of runaway boys live to escape adulthood but a treehouse? It’s the perfect blend of useful structure and imagination-powered play area.

Get Started Today!

Whether you’re looking to build a fantasy creation for your family or a modern masterpiece, let history influence your treehouse designs. Depending on where you live, you may want to create a removable treehouse that can be taken down and stored until spring like Queen Elizabeth’s or build a multi-room masterpiece like the Swiss Family Robinson did.

Before you dive into the designing and building process, be sure to make an appointment with Whatcom Tree Service in Bellingham. We can check to be sure the tree you’re planning to use is still sound. Be sure to make use of our tree trimming service to get any obstructive branches out of the way! Call us today to get started!