10 Things I’d love to have in my backyard.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 15, 2012
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Treehouse Porn.

Treehouse Point in Fall City, Washington.

Americans love to assuage boredom by spending money on our backyards. It’s a little silly, and selfish. But…I’m not immune: I’d like a basketball hoop. I’d like a koi pond. I’d like a buried custom hot tub. I’d like a chicken coop (only now, I’m veganboy). I’d like a pool. I’d like a mom-in-law house for, well my mom. I’d like a big old rusted wrought iron fence, but I’d still like a way for the deer to come on in and wander around, as they like to do (haven’t figured that one out, yet).

And, I’d like a treehouse.

Good thing I don’t yet have the dough fro all this silliness: better, I think, to keep things simple, and enjoy the great world outside of my home, more.

One of our number one picks is this gorgeous and very sophisticated looking tree house, set on the very top of the tree, from where you can see if the pirates are coming and in what numbers. It also has a boat with a pulley so that on case of siege, you can flee away. This is truly a fairy tale tree house!

Love how low-down and connected up this one is:

Source: southernlivinghouseplans.com via Tammy on Pinterest

These homeowners built a treehouse to provide fun all summer for friends, family and guests. Details: http://www.midwestliving.com/homes/featured-homes/we-bought-a-camp/page/7/0

“Rather than let a storied Wisconsin getaway fade into the forest, a Chicago couple bought Camp Wandawega and set out to rebuild the rundown property as a vision of what summer camp used to be.”


Use re-used materials! 

Ethan Hayes-Chute explores the ideas of self-sufficiency, self-preservation and self-exclusion as models for living. The majestuous treehouse was part of a french exhibition in Hyères (2010)


Like how light-on-the-tree this one appears to be:

Bonus round: other things I’d love to have in my backyard.


Dining table, work table, fresh tablecloths and (organic) garden:

But let’s remember: it’s not merely what we have: it’s who we are, and who we have to share what we are and have with.

A helpful slideshow of the process:

I built this treehouse for my daughter.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


13 Responses to “10 Things I’d love to have in my backyard.”

  1. Lindsay says:

    Wow, these pictures are beautiful.

  2. tridentgirl says:

    Boredom? Selfish? No way!
    Basketball hoop = health and fitness = less stress on healthcare system
    Koi pond = meditation/tranquility = better health = less stress on healthcare system
    Hot tub = all of the above = better health = less stress on healthcare system
    Chicken coop = fantistic family pets + eggs for neighbors = community and family = better health = less stress on healthcare system
    Mom-in-law house = family = better health for you and mom = less stress on healthcare system
    (I'm having a hard time working in the pool and the wrought iron fence…wait I might have the fence)
    Rusted wrought Iron fence = recycled, 2nd hand material = positive for the environment!
    (you're on your own with the pool)
    Organic garden = feeding yourself sustainably = health for you and planet = healthy you, healthy planet!
    Tree house = youthfulness + family fun = more health..geeze.

    In conclusion, you can see from the newly compiled results that you actually NEED this stuff.

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    Best comment ever of the day, again.

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  5. Linda V Lewis says:

    Hey, you could consolidate two of your wishes and have a tree house for your mommy!–me! Love and Cheerful Birthday!

  6. HannahWilson22 says:

    Seriously, if you have a background designed this way, and backyard pond kits to add along, you'll have the dream background. Personally, I would love to have a background like that because it will definitely help me relax from the stress that I have to deal with everyday.

  7. lia michelle says:

    I love how those structured tree houses blends with their backyards. It'll be more attractive if they'd add up some koi pond kits to make it more a 'nature-loving' scene.

  8. Derrick Patterson says:

    I think it's a relaxing feeling to spend my leisure time in that tree house just feeding the koi's with fish food pellets. Especially with someone very close to my heart.

  9. What I'd like to have in our backyard is the animals I love to take care of. Dogs, cats and horses are just a few of them.

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  11. Liza says:

    Nice experience shared by you. I like most is koi pond. As I installed in backyard. I think it is perfect place to sit in leisure time and spend time only with fish. It provides me peace of mind. get more info