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Dream Hatcher

Our latest special issue, Dwell Outdoor, is on newsstands now and available to order here. A guidebook of sorts for making super-livable indoor/outdoor space, Dwell Outdoor pulls out some incredible al fresco rooms and highlights never-before-seen houses, treehouses, fire pits, and pools, as well as the products to re-create them at home. Here's an excerpt, featuring a wooden perch hidden in the treetops of British Columbia.

A world-class ski resort, Whistler, British Columbia, is known as the playground of the well-heeled with mansions to match. In stark contrast is builder Joel Allen's egg-shaped treehouse suspended above a hemlock tree. A former software engineer, Allen designed this modest 200-square foot retreat to include loft sleeping quarters, an outdoor deck (with views of the snow-capped Tantalus range), and a work area tucked behind the stairs. Over the course of four summers, Allen built his getaway using $10,000 worth of castaway items collected via Craigslist. “People thought I had gone a little bit mad,” says Allen. “I was compulsively refreshing Craigslist every two minutes waiting for that next item to come up and grab it before anyone else.” Here’s a look inside:

Joel Allen had always dreamed of building his own home and this miniature treehouse was the first step.

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