“Grandpa” Don Botsford, age 79, is a well-known Ann Arbor, Michigan resident. In 1975 he purchased 20 acres of woodland to prevent development, and has since turned it into a private nature preserve. Pictured above is one of two treehouses on the property. It contains a sleeping loft, two bunks, and a tiny woodstove. A solar panel powers a simple table lamp. The floor framing sits independent from the trees so they can sway freely in the wind.
Grandpa Don says, “If someone could build a treehouse, why would they not want to?” Locals may contact him at (734) 662-9200 for a visit to the property.
Photo credit: Ross Orr