Visit to the Treehouse
Well the day had finally arrived when we got to visit an eco house that we felt we already knew quite well, called ‘Treehouse’.
On reflection after the visit I did not know what we really expected from the visit – but I think it was that it would be more practical, technical and all about gaining an understanding how everything we had read about fitted together. The reality was far from this.
Will and Ford, the owners of Treehouse, had very generously opened their doors for 2 whole days to the general public as part of London Open House.
For those who have not heard of the Treehouse, it is the house, whose birth is so well described in Will Anderson’s book: ‘Diary of an Ecobuilder’. The fantastic journey portrayed in this book is both inspirational and hugely informative and a ‘must read’ for any budding eco builder. (This was the reason we felt we already knew the house so well)
It was a real treat to see the house come to life and seem even more amazing than it did to me the first time I read about it on the pages of Will’s book.
It is a little strange and difficult to put into words the emotions and feelings you can have towards a house that is not even your own.
I felt that I would have had lots of questions to ask about the finer details of building the house but instead just enjoyed ‘being in the house’. The design and furnishings had a lot to do with the feeling of comfort but the house itself was the foundation to make that possible.
It is the kind of house that you would love to come home to each day.
Rather than the sustainable features jumping out at you they were seamless and meant to be. I don’t know why all of this came as a surprise to me but I think when you read of something and conjure up images in your mind you almost, by doing so, make something seem unreal.
Will and Ford still speak so fondly of the property after many years of living there, even if by their own admission there is a few things they might have done differently if they had their time over.
The experience also proves that without a shadow of a doubt that this is how we should all be living, not only in this type of home, but also the way in which the occupants embrace a more sustainable way of life in every aspect. You can’t help then feel that the Treehouse was the catalyst for that. More than anything this summation represents the emotion involved with our visit and the way we now felt toward the property.
It was less about for example; the details of how the GSHP links with the solar water heater but, for someone so passionate about this type of building and way of living, more about the fact it felt so right.
Before our eyes this was everything we were striving for, but in practice, and such a profound experience absolutely affirmed our own beliefs and will help drive us in our own journey toward a more sustainable life.
You could say we got a little more out of this open house than we would have ever thought possible!
With more people like Will & Ford forging a path toward the way of life we need to have, if we are to coexist on this planet for some time to come, there is much hope.
We thank them for opening their home to share this vision with others and we only hope we can touch but a few people in the same way with our own endeavours.