A love of nature and construction helped Dan Wright, the founder of West Chester-based Tree Top Builders, to organically grow his treehouse empire, writes Mary Pepitone for The Detroit News.
“I like to build treehouses that get people up into them,” said Wright. “A treehouse isn’t at the top of the list of practical outdoor structures, but having a treehouse encourages creativity and imagination in people of all ages.”
In addition to building custom treehouses, Wright sells do-it-yourself treehouse designs and supplies and manages his Treehouse World adventure park in West Chester.
Demand for treehouses is also surging as people add them as rental options on websites like Airbnb.
But Wright warns that there is a huge difference between building a child’s getaway and creating a habitable structure with electricity. He emphasized the importance of getting approval from both neighbors and officials in writing, and said that the exact site should be carefully chosen.
“Use an arborist or forester to help assess a suitable site with healthy trees on which to build your treehouse,” he said.
Read more of Dan Wright’s advice in The Detroit News here.