You Call This A Tree House?

By Meera Dolasia on September 10, 2008

When John Peterson promised his two kids a tree house, he had no intention of building them a luxurious 200 sq ft mansion. But one thing led to another and his plans and aspirations got bigger and voila - three years later, the Peterson kids have a tree house that is turning into a tourist destination in the town of Onalaska, Wisconsin.

The two-storey house has everything a kid (or even an adult could ever dream of). Instead of a rope ladder, this mansion can be entered via a spiral staircase, and that is just the beginning. Inside, is a trap door and two loft rooms connected by a swing bridge. There are real doors and windows and even two skylights, and if you need more fresh air, a deck you can hang out on.

Having a sleepover? - No problem, the tree house is connected to electricity and has eight lights and eight power outlets, just in case you want to bring along that Game Boy or Nintendo DS. The only thing missing? - Running water - but showers are so over-rated anyway!

And John did want to connect the tree house to the water supply. However, his wife Sue, who has been watching John work on this project for the last three years, thought that was really going overboard and put a stop to it.

John admits that he did get a little carried away, but the house is so much fun, that it was definitely worth the effort.


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  • sportsWednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:46 am
    cool i want a tree house
    • happypug12
      happypug12Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm
      Nice, but if you want an especially grand tree house, you should call Tree house Builders, who you should be able to identify if you have watched Animal Planet.
      • mega umbreonTuesday, October 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm
        I shall make the treehouse
        • bibliophile
          bibliophileMonday, September 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm
          Wow!!! I wish I had s tree house...
          • brainman54
            brainman54Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm
            I never knew that a huge tree house in Wisonsin.
            • iMonday, June 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm
              watch tree house masters
              • dowen
                dowenTuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:04 am
                wow big treeeeeeeeeeeeee house
                • rainbowMonday, March 3, 2014 at 9:25 am
                  • matthewauburn10Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:58 am
                    thats not a tree house its just a tall house or a really small tree
                    • giana22244Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:54 am


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