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Treehouses of the World Hardcover – November 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810949520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810949522
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A principal of the Seattle-based construction company Treehouse Workshop and the author of three previous treehouse books, Nelson can safely be said to be solidly grounded in his knowledge of the subject; he presents everything from elevated basic wooden shelters to California-style ranches to turreted abodes resembling that of Pip's friend Wemmick in Great Expectations—fanciful and Victorian. The 250 full-color photos from Kurzaj (The Abrams Guide to American Houses) show great sympathy and felicity of composition, invitingly maximizing the natural settings. While the title promises diversity, about half of the houses are in the United States (with a West Coast majority built by Nelson), a quarter or so in Europe and most of the rest in Japan. And materials and location do dictate a certain uniformity—the houses are not as different on first and second look as one would expect. But Nelson's knowledgeability about modes of design and construction come through in colloquial, first-person text that includes short bios of the various houses' part-time inhabitants, and, if he did the building, Nelson's role in making them happen. The lovely photos and thoughtful layout complete the feel of climbing up to an alternative aerial domicile as one turns the pages.
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About the Author

Pete Nelson is the author of three previous books on treehouses. He is also principal of Treehouse Workshop, Inc., a treehouse design and construction business in Seattle, and the president of his own residential design and construction firm based in Fall City, Washington.

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This is a very informative book with great pictures.
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If looking for inspiration, then this is the book to get your creative juices flowing.
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I bought this book for my boyfriend (30) and he loved it.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A lovely book. Beautiful treehouses, beautifully photographed. A coffee table book, you should look to it for design ideas, rather than step-by-step howtos. Makes me eager to build me a treehouse of my own.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Danilchik on April 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The thing that stands out in my mind after an enjoyable rainy afternoon with this book is the wide variety of treehouses featured. We are treated to a tour of every kind of treehouse from lovely professionally decorated mini-homes, to home-made flights of fancy. Refreshingly inclusive; Peter Nelson knows that wonderful ideas and inspiration can come from the humble backyard, not just the professional drafting table. Peter Nelson shows us in his other books how to safely build a treehouse; this book shows us how far dreaming can go. Is that a Spanish Galleon in the trees??? A huge nest???
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ralph Armstrong on September 6, 2005
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This is a remarkably beautiful book on treehouses of the world. The photography is exceptional and the engaging narrative is irrestible.

Rarely does one find a book that "glows" from beginning to end as does this one. I bought several for gifts to like-minded friends who like to get high legally.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rara on August 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a lover of tree houses, I had been considering creating a coffee table book. A search to see if it had already been done showed me it had--and in a big way. This spectacular book, with vivid photos and detailed narrative, fed the dreamer in me. The tree houses displayed vary from simplistic to extraordinary, from a child's play house to actual tree top residences.
This is strictly a coffee table book. For a how-to book, consider: Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb(Nelson); Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book (David Stiles), or Build Your Own Treehouse: A Practical Guide (Maurice Barkley).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brent on September 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There's a serious caveat to this review. The book I got was NOT translated from Japanese. I don't read Japanese.

With that said, I did get a lot from the photos and the brief English translations. This is a picture book, not designed for builders, more for lookers. It's high quality with great photography and many houses "discussed."

My favorite part of the book was the photos and the many many locations and settings of the treehouses covered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hh on December 19, 2009
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This book was borrowed from a friend on a lark. A treehouse book for adults? What could I possibly learn? Answer: LOTS. The folks involved in developing and promoting the modern treehouse have taken the art to new heights and they lay it all out for you in this terrific, picture heavy book. Or almost. I do wish there were more photos of the construction process so one could see each project in various states of completion. Nonetheless, it's a whirlwind tour and will leave you yearning for more. Dare I hope for a DVD with future versions of the book? 360 degree views, interior and exterior would be wonderful. Yes, yes, easy to ask for the moon, but once you awaken the excited kid in me, what can you expect?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Shepard on January 31, 2013
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I've received accolades back from my incarcerated friend about this book. He has shared it with many of his fellow dorm mates and they are really pumped-up about tree houses now. I've downloaded hardware & construction infor from Pete Nelson's website for him. Reportedly, it's a beautiful book. (I didn't see it; purchased & mailed as a gift).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hippiehouse on November 20, 2012
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I brought this on a whim, and I have not regretted it. Amazing photography and an amazing concept. Treehouses for adults, I review it time amd time again. If looking for inspiration, then this is the book to get your creative juices flowing. Hanging out in a tree, got to hug it on the way down.
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