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Man Builds Cozy Treehouse to Post on AirBnB and Earns Enough to Quit His Job

• https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org, By Andy Corbley

It will pair with his other, rather unorthodox listing, a cabin made out of a converted school bus.

A treehouse is without question one of the most fairy tale places to sleep, as an adult or certainly as a child. Will Sutherland always wanted to build one on his four-acre property in between two beautiful trees he found growing near the ledge of a large boulder subsumed by the landscape.

It took him six months, but with the promise of a hospitality-fueled mini-retirement, he managed it all by himself.

"I carried up every piece of wood, every piece of floor, the roof trusses, the floor trusses, and the big quad beam. I also sourced a bunch of cedar logs from a friend who was having a house built. I have a sawmill at my house so that I could mill all the cedar for the siding," Sutherland told Business Insider. 

When at first he pitched the idea of a treehouse Airbnb, his wife Sabrina said that as long as Will built a second bathroom, she was all in on the idea.

With his previous Airbnb, the "skoolie," visitors had to enter the house to use their bathroom since there was none on the bus.

"Sabrina helped me with some of the details, like the floor finishing and trimming some boards. She was by my side every day when she got home from working as an arboretum specialist at the Virginia State Arboretum," Will said.


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