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   Kids circulate petition to save their "treehouse" from running afoul of zoning law. Subby was a kid once and must sternly inform these boys that treehouses are not prefab garden sheds built on concrete footings, and to kindly get it off their lawn

25 Nov 2012 06:26 AM   |   13440 clicks   |   HelenaIR.com
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doglover    [TotalFark]  
That's a treehouse? More like a real house built over a tree.

25 Nov 2012 06:30 AM
KrispyKritter     
Name your children after soap opera characters, local building inspectors will make their entitled little lives miserable whenever possible.

25 Nov 2012 06:31 AM
captainstudd     
The treehouse looks nicer than their trailer. Probably doubled the property values.

25 Nov 2012 06:34 AM
MurphyMurphy     
"The boys and their mother have also used it for occasional sleepouts"

Billy, this is very important.

Has mommy taken anyone into the treehouse with her while daddy is at work?

Maybe the mailman, or somebody she has you call 'uncle'?

25 Nov 2012 06:35 AM
Feral_and_Preposterous     
Why would the kids want to get off their own lawn? THAT'S stupid.

25 Nov 2012 06:38 AM
Neondistraction     
Yeah, that's not a treehouse. That's an elevated structure that happens to have been built around part of a tree.

25 Nov 2012 06:42 AM
Feral_and_Preposterous     
And the tree house looks better than the house. But I understand how that violates zoning codes. Meh: one way or the other...

25 Nov 2012 06:43 AM
fluffy2097     
Yeah, That's no Treehouse.

I built myself a tree house as a kid. 2x4 supports running between 3 trees, a bunch of scrap wood for a floor and ladder. Just enough space for 2 or 3 kids to sit on. Being that I built it myself, and it being in a tree, the floor wasn't exactly level. I even got myself a zip line that I made. My parents insisted I used climbing rope at first, until they saw me use it and fall halfway to the ground before it finished stretching and i began moving forwards on the line. Then I was able to get my proper metal cable.

/yes it was farking awesome
//It fell down last year. The wood rotted out and the movement of the trees pulled it apart.

25 Nov 2012 06:44 AM
Vertdang     
Not a treehouse.
And it's in the front yard. If I was one of the neighbors, I'd be pissed.

Sorry boys, build it yourself. It'll mean more that way.

25 Nov 2012 06:46 AM
BlameBush     
4 essential things make a treehouse real...one - the kid who uses it builds it with his friends or siblings. No adults. Two - scrap materials are used for as much of it as possible. Three - it's IN a damn tree (not built with 4x4 perfectly plumbed posts sunken into concrete lined holes to hold the deck level). Four - it looks like it's made by a kid with scrap wood, not by an adult with too much time on his hands.

25 Nov 2012 06:57 AM
rac23     
screw tree houses
when I was a kid I wanted a tree pirate ship!

25 Nov 2012 06:58 AM
Pav     
If your structure violates building code and one property tax paying resident doesn't like it it should come down no matter how many signatures they get.

25 Nov 2012 07:06 AM
F22raptom     
Post pic plz

25 Nov 2012 07:06 AM
fluffy2097     

F22raptom: Post pic plz


A/S/L? Tits or GTFO

/f-12-horny
//click the link and whitelist the site in your ad blocker.

25 Nov 2012 07:19 AM
fluffy2097     

BlameBush: No adults


Adults can supervise and make sure the thing won't fall down, but that's about it.

25 Nov 2012 07:20 AM
Spiralmonkey    [TotalFark]  
It doesn't show from the pic, but that looks like you could sit in it and look directly into other houses. I'm not sure I'd be happy with that. Also, that's not a tree house. It looks more like a prefab garage. If they went to the trouble of getting a professionally made structure they should've spent 5 minutes checking local codes instead of spending days after the event pestering neighbours into signing their petition because they're too embarrassed to say no face to face.

25 Nov 2012 07:37 AM
RabidJade     
That's not a tree house so quit crying. With that in the front yard I would be a mad neighbor as well.

25 Nov 2012 07:37 AM
Smidge204     
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Not sure why I had to enable a half dozen scripts just to see a picture, but I figure I'd save some of you the trouble.


That's not a treehouse. It doesn't count if it's not actually supported by the tree.
=Smidge=

25 Nov 2012 07:50 AM
BalugaJoe     
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25 Nov 2012 07:55 AM
fluffy2097     

Smidge204: Not sure why I had to enable a half dozen scripts just to see a picture, but I figure I'd save some of you the trouble.


I only needed to whitelist 2. Town news and hellenair.

25 Nov 2012 07:58 AM
the_celt    [TotalFark]  
That is not a tree house.

Remove the petition from the sign and then complain about the sign violating the zoning laws.

/off my lawn

25 Nov 2012 08:00 AM
edmo    [TotalFark]  

BlameBush: 4 essential things make a treehouse real...one - the kid who uses it builds it with his friends or siblings. No adults. Two - scrap materials are used for as much of it as possible. Three - it's IN a damn tree (not built with 4x4 perfectly plumbed posts sunken into concrete lined holes to hold the deck level). Four - it looks like it's made by a kid with scrap wood, not by an adult with too much time on his hands.


We used pallets a lot.

Also, it's better to have it in a tree out on the edge of the neighborhood or down by the creek , rather than in the yard.

25 Nov 2012 08:06 AM
subsetzero     
Half buttoned flannel shirt, uggs, plump rump.

Give'er a toss?

25 Nov 2012 08:18 AM
Pav     

edmo: BlameBush: 4 essential things make a treehouse real...one - the kid who uses it builds it with his friends or siblings. No adults. Two - scrap materials are used for as much of it as possible. Three - it's IN a damn tree (not built with 4x4 perfectly plumbed posts sunken into concrete lined holes to hold the deck level). Four - it looks like it's made by a kid with scrap wood, not by an adult with too much time on his hands.

We used pallets a lot.

Also, it's better to have it in a tree out on the edge of the neighborhood or down by the creek , rather than in the yard.


I have a creek at the edge of my property in the woods. I try to set up a nice little campsite for my family and it gets violated by local kids. I couldn't even imagine what would happen down there if I provided them a treehouse to break into.

25 Nov 2012 08:24 AM
Vertdang     

rac23: screw tree houses
when I was a kid I wanted a tree pirate ship!


You're much more awesome now than you were earlier today.

/arrrrrrrr!

25 Nov 2012 08:31 AM
kimwim     

Smidge204: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 620x459]

Not sure why I had to enable a half dozen scripts just to see a picture, but I figure I'd save some of you the trouble.


That's not a treehouse. It doesn't count if it's not actually supported by the tree.
=Smidge=


Also, that's not a "deck on three sides". That's a fence. There's no room for a chair for anyone to sit, let alone walk around, the tree house.

25 Nov 2012 08:44 AM
Aussie_As     
I wouldn't be bothered if one of my neighbours put something like that up for their kids as long as it didn't impact on our privacy. It would probably look better if they had more plants under it, around it and growing off it. I really don't get why people get snarky about this stuff.

/I probably would have been snarky if my neighbours had done something like this a decade ago coz our kids would have whined and whined for one of their own.

25 Nov 2012 08:45 AM
styckx    [TotalFark]  
Oh how a different angle of photography makes all the difference.

The `tree house' is on the front farking lawn..

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25 Nov 2012 08:47 AM
Bronzed War God     
How many of you that are saying, "that's not a treehouse" and that it clearly violates zoning laws are also anti-HOA?

Just asking, because this is precisely why I moved into an HOA run neighborhood, so people don't pull crap like this. Yes, the gov't is getting involved here, but in many cases, they don't.

/last neighborhood a Semi was parked in front of my house on a regular basis
//before that my next door neighbor decided to "renovate" wrecked beamers as a side business

25 Nov 2012 08:52 AM
elffster     
Jesus, what an eyesore

and so its the treehouse..

25 Nov 2012 08:55 AM
Aussie_As     

styckx: Oh how a different angle of photography makes all the difference.

The `tree house' is on the front farking lawn..

[bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 620x459]


Yeah, but I'm still not getting why it's a problem. People generally don't make any physical use of their front lawn other than as an area to keep tidy to improve the appearance of their house. There would be more noise and privacy issues if it was in a back yard. It's a tidy, maintained structure which is fun for kids. Isn't that a good thing?

There are obviously some emotional angles to this because a clear majority of commentators on this page are all 'get it down' but I just don't seem to get it. Uncontrolled development is not good, sure. Even carports or significant garden sheds can't just be put anywhere, okay. This is a sort of oversized children's toy though. It's fun, happy and utilises a space which would otherwise be wasted. I do agree its appearance would be improved by substantially increasing the vegetation around, under and on it (and it would make it more of a treehouse too) but I'm unclear as to why people hate it.

25 Nov 2012 09:01 AM
elffster     
I'm unclear as to why people hate it...

Because Jesus, thats why.

25 Nov 2012 09:04 AM
ZeroCorpse     
You can't just build a small stilt-house/garden shed on your front lawn and call it a tree house. If that were allowed, then what's next? Putting a Real Doll on a post in the front yard and calling it a scarecrow? The world has gone mad, I tell you! MAAAaaaaAAAAaaaaAAAaaaad!

/Worse, though: You can't expect me to take you seriously if you name your sons Logan and Dillon.

25 Nov 2012 09:08 AM
BlippityBleep     
why even bother building it around a tree at that point? hey kids have fun playing in your elevated sarcophagus with it's fancy shed roof and deliciously clashing painted vs. unpainted surfaces. can kids really fit in the gap between the safety rail netting and the shed treehouse wall? I know one of those kids can't!

/still, it's their property and they can do damn well what they want

25 Nov 2012 09:20 AM
styckx    [TotalFark]  

BlippityBleep:

/still, it's their property and they can do damn well what they want


Actually no, no they can't. Hence the reason we're reading this story.

25 Nov 2012 09:22 AM
BlippityBleep     

styckx: BlippityBleep:

/still, it's their property and they can do damn well what they want

Actually no, no they can't. Hence the reason we're reading this story.


oops didn't make that clear that it was my opinion. too many busybodies in the Land of the FreeTM

25 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
optimistic_cynic     

Bronzed War God: How many of you that are saying, "that's not a treehouse" and that it clearly violates zoning laws are also anti-HOA?


Zoning laws aren't written by HOAs, if you have good zoning laws you don't need an HOA.

25 Nov 2012 09:27 AM
stratagos     
FTA:

Cromwell, the zoning coordinator, said all code complaints have to be investigated, however trivial some may seem. In this case, she said, seeking a variance is probably the easiest way to resolve the issue.

She said she is inclined to recommend granting the variance, based on the likelihood that variances for other accessory structures have been granted in the neighborhood.

"It's not out of character for the neighborhood," she said.

25 Nov 2012 09:34 AM
Reverend Monkeypants     
#1- That's not a freekin treehouse. Kids build treehouses, those kids did NOT build that.

#2- Someone needs to beat the shiat out of that kid with the hat.

25 Nov 2012 09:35 AM
stratagos     

stratagos: FTA:

Cromwell, the zoning coordinator, said all code complaints have to be investigated, however trivial some may seem. In this case, she said, seeking a variance is probably the easiest way to resolve the issue.

She said she is inclined to recommend granting the variance, based on the likelihood that variances for other accessory structures have been granted in the neighborhood.

"It's not out of character for the neighborhood," she said.


Dammit, Fark hates me sometime.

As I was going to say: Yeah, I wanna live in *that* neck of the woods.

More to the point, if this isn't atypical for the area, someone needs to pull the stick out of their ass

25 Nov 2012 09:35 AM
OtherLittleGuy    [TotalFark]  

KrispyKritter: Name your children after soap opera characters, local building inspectors will make their entitled little lives miserable whenever possible.


Mal, Zoe, and River?

/dnrta
//running to my bunk

25 Nov 2012 09:37 AM
Any Pie Left     
It will only be a couple more years before those kids will have outgrown the treehouse and moved on to other things, and then it will come down. I'd say give them the variance but with an expiration date of three years.

25 Nov 2012 09:38 AM
Smackledorfer     

Pav: If your structure violates building code and one property tax paying resident doesn't like it it should come down no matter how many signatures they get.


No.

25 Nov 2012 09:38 AM
doglover    [TotalFark]  

Bronzed War God: How many of you that are saying, "that's not a treehouse" and that it clearly violates zoning laws are also anti-HOA?

Just asking, because this is precisely why I moved into an HOA run neighborhood, so people don't pull crap like this. Yes, the gov't is getting involved here, but in many cases, they don't.

/last neighborhood a Semi was parked in front of my house on a regular basis
//before that my next door neighbor decided to "renovate" wrecked beamers as a side business


I'm totally anti HOA.

I don't mind that elevated shed existing. What I mind is calling it a treehouse. If my neighbors had it, I'd try to run an extrention cord up there and get their dad and a case of brew and watch the game, tossin' empties out the window towards a trash can below. fark yeah!

But just because I don't want to cut it down and burn it doesn't mean it's a treehouse.

25 Nov 2012 09:40 AM
tillerman35     

Rufus Lee King: Treehouses are fine, as long as certain ethical regulations are in place. Without proper supervision, they can become hotbeds of racism.


Sexism is a bigger problem. Those kids are probably just opening a chapter of G.R.O.S.S.

25 Nov 2012 09:42 AM
Smackledorfer     

Any Pie Left: It will only be a couple more years before those kids will have outgrown the treehouse and moved on to other things, and then it will come down. I'd say give them the variance but with an expiration date of three years.


It would make a good spot to do drugs at without leaving the house.

25 Nov 2012 09:46 AM
Birdshead     
Those kids are going to grow up with a confused image of a tree-house.
This is not a tree house.

Too big, and prefabricated
If it was a reasonably sized structure, with mostly amateur construction, i could overlook the platform and sign the petition

25 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
CruJones     
That's not a legitimate treehouse. The neighborhood has ways of shutting it down

25 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
HoneyDog     
If your structure violates building code and one property tax paying resident doesn't like it it should come down no matter how many signatures they get.

Really? Then the oversized duplex some cow built next to my sister's house that is too close to the lot line has to come down. Yes, the whole neighborhood complained before it was even built but the city gave the variance anyway.

25 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
RandyJohnson     

subsetzero: Half buttoned flannel shirt, uggs, plump rump.

Give'er a toss?


I'd zone violate it.

25 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
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