Corbin Dunn
Redwood Monkey

Treehouses

Treehouses. They fascinate children and bring out imagination in adults.

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The Second Treehouse
The Second Treehouse

I am one of the few crazy people in the world who built and lived in their own treehouse. I built my first one back in 1992 when I was in junior high school. Later in 1999 I decided to build a proper one to live in when I was about 20 years old. I lived in it for 5 years before moving to the hills of Los Gatos and eventually getting a programming job at Apple. Check out this section for construction details, photos, and a video.

Note that the treehouse fell down in 2009 (the floor fell out). It had survived 10 years in the trees, but the last 5 years had zero maintainence and probably contributed to beam failure.

The First Treehouse
The First Treehouse

This is what started my interest in treehouses, back in the early 1990’s with a grove of redwoods. I was just 14 years old and one of my good friends sparked my interest in building a treehouse. My dad had started the platform, and then I expanded on it. Click on the link to read more about it!

The Circular Treehouse
The Circular Treehouse

I never quite finished this project, but this treehouse is something more recent. The platform has stood the test of time, and has proved to be quite solid. However, the tree is starting to grow around the steel supports, and eventually this will cause some sort of problem. Or maybe it will just become part of the tree! Click on the link to see all the posts I did on the construction and design.

Below are posts from the “treehouses” category on my site.


The Second Treehouse in 2000 – Interior Shots – part 10

Here I am with my velour sweater. I loved velour and I’d scour all the vintage and used clothing stores to find them. I’d buy them even if they were too big for me. I... [read more]
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The Second Treehouse in 2000 – Close Exterior Shots – part 9

More photos! Coming into the treehouse:     The back deck, with lots of plants starting to grow:
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The Second Treehouse in 2000 – Exterior Views – part 8

I’m still converting pages over. Here are a *lot* of pictures from back in 2000. It is hard to imagine that this was 18 years ago.
Treehouses

The Second Treehouse in 1999 – Furnished – part 7

I’m still converting old web pages from the late 90’s to a “modern” WordPress format. Here are some pictures from 8/26/1999! I had just tossed in some furniture and was planning to move in that... [read more]
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The Second Treehouse in 1999 – Before Move In Day – part 6

These are from 8/16/1999. The day before I moved into my treehouse. I spent about 5 years in the treehouse before moving out. It survived 10 years before falling to the ground.   
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The Second Treehouse in 1999 – The Interior Comes Along – part 5

Just a page of pictures that I posted to my site back on May 6th, 1999.   This is a picture of the stairs going up to the house. The railing is made of some... [read more]
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The Second Treehouse in 1999 – Outside Pictures – part 4

The is a continuation on my series reminiscing about the second treehouse that I built. Previously, I showed initial design, construction starting, and then the house starting to appear.  Back in May 1999 I put... [read more]
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The Second Treehouse in 1999 – A House Appears – part 3

Here are some pictures that come from April 6th, 1999. I started construction of this treehouse back in 1998, but it took me about a year to complete it. I recall that my dad got... [read more]
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The Second Treehouse in 1998 – Construction Begins – part 2

This is a continuation of The Second Treehouse in 1998 – part 1. Once I had the floor layout I could start building the treehouse. The entire process took about a year from start to... [read more]
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The Second Treehouse in 1998 – Why and the Floor – part 1

Back in about 1998 I decided to build a proper treehouse to live in. A lot of this information comes from my website back in the early 2000’s when I documented the build process, and... [read more]
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My First Treehouse (pt2) 1997

This is a continuation of “My First Treehouse”. Below are some pictures I scanned of it back in 1997. All text is written by me back then. —   I scanned these pics that I... [read more]
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My First Treehouse (pt1) 1992

I’m converting some of my old website into proper blog entries.  Below is some text that I wrote back in 1992 when I was 14 years old and made my first website. All phrases and... [read more]
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