Photos A love for the mountains Old Man John tending his homestead My first job in Software Studying hard, to graduate from UVic Joe hired me to help build his house. Yes, that’s right, this is his foundation. My first project – 1 week of 12 hour days Old Man John, friend, mentor Showering before work. Prime sport sleeping location. Me, working in the kitchen Mark’s final rendering. Check out moreof Mark’s work here. Mark and Jayne, talented designers. I drew my treehouse in the sand Free-range Ryan, fixing muffler on his home The Shed I built for my parents Old Man John’s House that he built The 1/4 scale model I built to test strength.I also made adjustments to proportions. The chosen one. My treehouse wasn’t the only cabin in theneighborhood. Many days walking through the woods Always a trace of humans nearby The search for a tree begins… My trusty home/car/truck View from treehouse deck. Heavy and cumbersome. The scaffolding plank that almost killed me (bottom of photo). Ribs were built out of 2ft segments. 12 hours or work per rib. The top of the rib was fastened to the tree with big hinges. Prototype rib – a little awkward to carry. Tada! A level deck… harder than it looks. Trying to figure out a level line around thetree with a string. The long cleat pivoted to work as lever. I’d raise one rib per evening, after work. This stump served as the access point forthe treehouse. Fabricating ribs at Joe’s, after work. The walls starting to close in… In fall 2010, Heidi and I moved into a suite.What luxury, my car living days were over! Bruno, meeting kids in Radovlica. Ash hardwood floor. The materials start rolling in. In the winter of 2009, I was hired by Mark to help him frame and finish the interior of this cool home that he designed. Check out more of Mark’s work here. The kamikaze endurance racer, John Markez. Bruno seized, in the wee hours. Heidi helping on the roof, fall 2010. Meeting Heidi. The couch I scored for free. The Craigslist rampage begins… The house I was building for Sven, summer 2010. Stripping the treehouse down for Olympics.. Heidi and I getting an early start in May. We had to scribe these hatch pieces on site, and then cut the curves off site with power tools. Heidi, working in the loft Starting to take shape. We tried to keep this kind of activity to a minimum. The siding going up. Fabricating a sliding glass door out of reclaimed materials at Sven’s. Towards the end, I had to splice a lot of material to get the lengths I needed. Another nice evening. We camped across Canada and then down to New York, where we met Benita. Heidi and I mesmerised by The Big Apple. My treehouse is featured in the April Special Outdoor Edition of Dwell Magazine! The inviolable beauty of the forest. Benita, giving advice on which $80,000ring to buy. The treehouse sitting there untouched since we had left in in July. Doing some landscaping outside.