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New Treehouses of the World
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2009
Peter Nelson's treehouse books are always inspiring, voyeuristic, and FUN. This is his best book yet. Not a How-to (he's done those) although he does briefly touch on the latest in treehouse engineering and there is a wealth of contact information in the back of the book.

The photos are very clear, well composed, and this time we get a lot of views and angles. His last book was a bit stingy with the photos, leaving me wanting another page of pictures. This book gives it to us. The design quality of the treehouses featured is also unsurpassed. He doesn't just show us money-no-object projects but also beautiful aeries built by a homeless man or salvage junkies. The book's continuity comes from all of these treehouses being gorgeous works of art built with an artists eye. It seems that by placing a house in a tree, it frees the imagination (and the voice in your head who says "you can't do that"). More passionate architectural creativity is in this book than you can find anywhere else.

Pete narrates the book, letting the reader in on the impetus behind the owner's flight of fancy. His words add to the visual story and brings some details into focus.

The best Treehouse Design Book ever printed. Should be in every library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
My love of tree houses has been life long, and since discovering Nelson's first tree house book some time ago, I have had to own each subsequent one. His newest book does not disappoint, and feeds the imagination with vivid photos and inspiring narrative. Although this is not a how-to book, Nelson does provide insight into how the tree houses, shown in a variety of cultures and settings, are designed and constructed. As a coffee table book, you won't find a more beautiful one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2011
It is always fun to look at tree houses. A long time tree (sometimes) tree dweller and dreamer of being a tree dweller, I was really excited about this book. While there are lots of great examples to dream about, and hope to see someday. The photos do the book a disservice. They are often dark, and make the details hard to see. At first I thought it was the lighting in the room but have looked at this book under several lighting conditions now, with the same results: frustration at having to squint to see the detail. The photos would have benefited from better lighting technology. None the less, this is a fun book for those who love tree houses, living closer to nature, and alternative architecture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pete Nelson's new book is well written and gives the reader a visual picture of some of the best treehouses in the world.

The book provides the reader with background information on the builders and owners of theses structures. More importantly, it gives the reader the ability to see the vast possibilities building a treehouse holds; from an artistic structure to a completed house in a tree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2010
I bought this as a gift for my architect husband. It speaks to the child in all of us and is loaded with gorgeous photographs of treehouses designed by the author. An inspiring, adventuresome leap into the world of possibilities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book, wonderful photos. Gave it to my adult son for Christmas and his whole family loves it. His daughters are now planning for their Dad to build them a treehouse this summer
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
This is a lovely coffee table book that provides heaps of information and profiles -- with loads of wonderful photographs -- a variety of unique treehouses around the world. It was everything I hoped it would be and more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2010
I got this for my architect niece and she loves it. I thought it was very interesting and only wish I had the property and money to build one!PM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2011
I had been looking at treehouses on the net for quite a while before i bought this book so I was keen to see if there would be any surprises. There were. The examples shown are beautiful. I particularly value the (too) brief technical section, but wish there was more in this book. However, reading this book in conjunction with the less inspiring Home Tree Home is helpful. I do not regret buying this book but I would have liked more technical information in the texts about the houses. Because I am thirsty for technical info, i am annoyed by image captions describing pretty much what I can see for myself. But it is such a beautiful book and for anyone considering building a treehouse, I would strongly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2009
I LOVE tree houses, always have. This book is an amazing compilation of construction around the world. Lots of stunning pictures and stories behind the structures. Definitely recommended for any tree-house-lover, or as an eye-catching coffee table book (everyone picks up mine as soon as they walk into the living room!). :o)
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