George Clarke on building a tree house

A space up in the trees gives a new perspective on the world and can be the ultimate restful retreat.

By Cathy Haglund | 12 January 2017

George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man, shares his latest tips and ideas on building a tree house.

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Humans have had an affinity with structures high above ground since prehistoric times, when we needed to keep away from predators on the forest floor. Though escaping from wolves is no longer a concern, building a tree house in a woodland or at the bottom of your garden has become more popular than ever.

A space up in the trees gives a new perspective on the world and, if designed well, a tree house can be the ultimate restful retreat. I’ve just built one for my kids, and it was a great opportunity to get them excited about the design and build process. The first thing to consider is that you may require planning permission, so you will need to consult with the local council before you begin.