Corbin's Treehouse - Corbin Dunn, Santa Cruz, CA
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Treehouses. They fascinate children and bring out imagination in adults.

Picture of Corbin\'s Treehouse

I built and lived in a treehouse for a while. I built the first one in Jr High School (1992), and then a proper one to live in when I was 20-21. I lived in it for about 5 years.

I have quite a few web pages documenting the treehouse — mainly construction of the new one, and some pictures of when it was finished. They are in the “old style” of my website, and have some outdated links (sorry!)

Start on the main page: treehouse.html.

Or, take a look at some of the finished pictures, from back in 2000: Page 7 of Treehouse Pictures.

Note that the treehouse fell down in 2009 (the floor fell out).

Treehouse blogs:

  • All About Tree Houses – helping people learn to build their own tree houses through informative article/posts and question & answer. By Dan Wright, from Tree Top Builders, who builds treehouses for a living, and also offers workshops. In addition, check out his treehouse and zipline videos on YouTube.
  • The Treehouse Guy. Peter Nelson’s blog. He is the author of quite a few famous treehouse books, some of which inspired me to build my last big treehouse.

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

Some amazing treehouses

A friend pointed me to a link on MNN with some amazing treehouses. That led me to Romero Studios. They have built some quit amazing treehouse structures, such as the screen shot below. Check them out on their website!

Treehouse Fall Down – Video

This is a follow up to the last post where I posted pictures.

Treehouse Fall Down – Pictures

The main part of my old treehouse fell down quite some time ago. however, the walls were left standing until a while ago when they finally fell too. Here’s a few pictures. I’ll post a walk around video soon. The old stairs and front deck (which still stands): The house, literally on its side:

Talking Treehouses on Irish Radio

Tom Dunne of newstalk 106-108 FN in Ireland called me at 4:30 in the morning one friday to talk about treehouses. You can listen to the recording: Go to, then Tom Dunne, Archive, March 26 2010. Part 3, 48 minutes in. (Thanks Tom and Mia for finding it!).

Article on

Blogger Brian Fairbanks, of did an interview of my prior living in a treehouse. He came up with a cool article. Check it out: How to Live in a Treehouse, From a Guy Who Did It for Five Years :)

Old stuff: Zip line and treehouse finishing

Ah, some pictures and details I meant to post ages ago. Building stairs for the treehouse: Accessories for the zip line: And me installing it:

Zip line to the treehouse

I’m still working on it, but here’s a short video of some of it.

Wedding Treehouse – platform sneak peak

Well! Today I finished the base platform. This is all I’m planning on doing for the wedding. Well, this and adding stairs. Sometime after honeymoon I will turn it into a real treehouse with walls and a roof. It turned out pretty neat, but a little shaky in the horizontal plane. I had let the brackets cool by themselves and didn’t harden them by quenching in water (or oil); I think this made them stay slightly flexible, which I thought would be a good thing. In addition, the half-circle design isn’t as strong as a complete circle which would prevent... [read more]

The Wedding Treehouse – beam install

The first step was to install the top brackets. Well, first had to get the proper bolts. I wanted to use 3/4″ thick (radius) by 8″ long lag bolts — galvanized to support the weather. When I built my first treehouse, I just bought them from OSH or San Lorenzo Lumber. Now a days, we have Home Depot, and still OSH. Home depot doesn’t really carry large lag bolts, and OSH has a wider selection, but no 3/4″ lag bolts. Both places have coarse thread 3/4″ ungalvanized bolts, and that was my only real option. I could order something from... [read more]

The Wedding Treehouse – Bracket Fabrication

I bought some 4” wide by 1/4” thick steel from SIMS metal in San Jose with the intent on using it to make brackets. Now, 4” would be perfect if I used 4x4s for the knee braces, which I would ideally want to use. However, I have 2x8s for free, so I’m going to use those. To create a bracket that holds them, I need 2” wide pieces of steel. At first, I figured I’d just cut the 4” pieces down to size, but I quickly discovered how hard that was to do with a sawzall or jigsaw (with metal... [read more]

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