bamboo treehouse

An informal blog version of my formal website. The intention is to add news and some insight into my ongoing predilection for bamboo and the hooch. With these raw materials and conceptual abode, I have evolved a paradigm for living lightly on this Earth. It is quite the adventure, so, why not share.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Hooch: concept; and the original

The concept: to build an environmentally sensitive treehouse. Make it a universal design, that requires no special engineering or designing that fits only in one particular tree. Make it pre-fab, make it so it can be placed anywhere, with negligible site alteration. Make it small- no building permit, make it temporary - no permanent foundation, and make it light - efficient use of materials. And, of course, make it out of bamboo - renewable, flexible, strong, light, - a natural!

Here is the original hooch (the one below). It is the master bedroom of our home in Rincon', Puerto Rico. The basic structure is made from Guadua bamboo poles. It has withstood category three hurricane winds, and many seasons of falling mangoes.

The trailer/ladder perch (above) is one way cool version of the basic concept: get high, and see forever. I have no idea of the origin of the pic- but it certainly conveys the message- live lightly, with a small footprint (literally, and figuratively)


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