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Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island
Each of the Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island is supported by a web of support ropes and cables that help to stabilize it and prevent it from falling.
Each of the Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island is supported by a web of support ropes and cables that help to stabilize it and prevent it from falling.
Photo by Tom Chudleigh and courtesy FreeSpiritSpheres.com

Tree houses truly come in all shapes and sizes. But a spherical tree house -- is that even possible? Where there's a will, there is a way, but it takes a truly free spirit to develop a series of spherical tree houses in the forest of Vancouver Island. Enter Tom Chudleigh, the designer of the Free Spirit Spheres. Chudleigh builds his bubble-shaped tree houses using a 10.5-foot (3.2-meter) fiberglass sphere that is coated with light, local wood. Each sphere features four attachment points on the top and four on the bottom, so the structure is supported by a web of support ropes and cables that help to stabilize it and prevent it from falling. You can rent one of the three eco spheres, which each feature a bed, a table and chairs, and some storage space (sorry, no bathroom), for a rate of $135 to $275 per night [source: Hanlon].


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