Treehouses: not just for the heavenly inspired anymore! Take builder Michael Garnier, a builder and woodworker who's created some dozen of them in southwest Oregon. Included in Garnier's oeuvre: Out 'n' Above Treesort, an elevated B&B, of sorts, as well as his personal residence: a three-story, 1,800-square-foot home built around a 300-year-old white oak tree and six others. "A tree is actually [...] like the Empire State Building, OK?" Garnier explains in a Fair Companies video tour of the property. "It's got all these anchors in the ground and it's vertically cantilevered up." The home, which doesn't interfere with the densely intermingled roots of its seven supporting trees, can withstand 250,000 pounds of torque at its base and 80 mph winds. As for how Garnier knows it's the largest of its kind in the world: "Well, I've been claiming it and nobody said it isn't! Nobody showed me a bigger one." Watch the five-minute video below.
· World's largest treehouse? 7 trees support 1800 sq ft home [Fair Companies via Laughing Squid]