Treehouse Designers Guide: Treehouses.com
Michael Garnier is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on treehouse construction and a pioneer in the field, but he prefers to think of himself as an "in-tree-prenur." He went to school for engineering but "couldn’t' stay awake in the classes." He was drafted and eventually landed in Oregon where he helped start a free clinic as a special forces medic. He fell in love with the area and decided to start a bed and breakfast, but didn't have much luck until he decided to build treehouses his guests could stay in. "People thought I was crazy," he says. "But it worked." Today Garnier oversees 15 units in his "treesort," but still offers his construction, design and consultation part-time.
In the business since:
$25,000 and up
Most requested design:
Durability. Garnier is the creator of the Garnier Limb, a widely used bolt that gives builders a place to bear the load of a treehouse on the tree.
Garnier built a treehouse in a grove of redwoods in Marin County, California that is 25 feet off the ground and three stories high with a cupola, complete with birch bark wallpaper.
Garnier has built treehouses all over the country and beyond, and hopes to build a treehouse on every continent.
Garnier claims that the highest concentration of treehouses in the world can be found at his "treesort," Out 'n' About, in southwestern Oregon.