Technically speaking, tree houses are essentially platforms or buildings constructed around, next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more mature trees while above ground level. Practical uses include: recreation, work space, habitation, observation or as temporary retreats. Continue reading to see ten examples that take creativity to the next level.

In some parts of the tropics, houses are either fastened to trees or elevated on stilts to keep the living quarters above the ground to protect occupants and stored food from scavenging animals. Increased popularity has, in turn, given rise to demand for businesses covering all building and design work for clients. There are over 30 businesses in Europe and the US specializing in the construction of tree houses of various degrees of permanence and sophistication, from children’s play structures to fully functioning homes.

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