Gary embarked on the treehouse project. He had used a do-it-yourself deck-building book to guide himself through construction of the deck, which is 12 feet in the air, and he applied the same recipes for safety to his treehouse.
He abandoned the age-old practice of nailing salvaged wood scraps to a tree at haphazard angles, and decided to make an ultra-safe, professional quality treehouse surrounding a tree but supported by separate treated telephone pole posts, secure in the ground.
A year and about $4,000 in materials later, he had built a dream tree home for his children featuring a secret door, windows and a bridge connecting the treehouse to the elevated deck [source].
I guess this would be a kid’s dream come true. It certainly took a while for Gary Hatley’s dream for a treehouse to come true.