Author and philanthropist JK Rowling will be gifting her two younger children with a pair of elaborate, two-story, sustainably built tree houses, according to plans filed with the City of Edinburgh Council.
The forty foot fantastical towers and turrets will be connected by wood and rope bridges with the entire structure featuring trap doors, sliding poles, swings, and tunnels. Even though the treehouses are intended for play, not residence, structures of their size require special building permits – and a payment of about 150,000 pounds, or 232,110 dollars. That’s a lot to pay for treehouses, but pales next to the over 160 million dollars Rowling has donated to charity.
Blue Forest UK, the designers responsible for erecting the Hogwartsian structures, will build using only cedar shingling and “timber from sustainably managed forests;” the company is known for sustainable building and the “ecoPerch,” a luxurious, pre-fab wooden retreat that sleeps four and looks as though it might hide a Hobbit.
Nine year old David and his seven year old sister Mackenzie will be sharing their backyard castles not with house elves, but with the birds that will nest in the included “nature boxes.” They also won’t be sharing with the viewing public: Rowling’s immense private yard is already surrounded by “giant trees [that] were lifted by crane over the garden walls.”
With this forest retreat, it’s hard to imagine the kids ever wanting to leave home!
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