I’ve wanted to build off the grid homes since …

I’ve wanted to build off the grid homes since I was a kid. At age eleven I visited my brother @olliekroner in Toas, New Mexico. He was building earthships (the worlds most progressive homes) and my curiosity turned from a flame to an inferno. At that point my path felt set in stone…until I discovered climbing. Climbing opened me up to the wilderness of the backyard. The quiet solitude found in the canopy became my retreat from an intimidating world. I became so intimate with the trees I spent hours a day in. When I reflect on treehousing now, I retrace my steps through apprenticing as a builder, becoming a rock climber, pouring through alternative House books, back to a single memory from my childhood. There was a sugar maple in my folks yard that I visited everyday one summer. You could climb within reach of the very top of the crown. Towards the top there was a fork that I could wedge myself in and feel secure. On a lazy summer afternoon I drifted into a nap in the warm breeze. I experienced my first time waking up in a tree. I’ll never forget the surprise, the soft ruffles of the leaves against each other, the way the sunlight makes the vines on the leaves glow, and the overwhelming feeling of hospitality that I was getting from this tree. Something that day awakened my inner treehouse builder for the first time. | photo by @donedoer (at Red River Gorgeous)