of the "made with the teeth" variety but certainly nothing, IMO, that should draw architectural concerns. I travel in my work and quite often see front yard tree trunk sculptures and totems made from trees that either died or were nuisances of some type and wonder if some nosy neighbors complain about them as well.
Don't you just hate nosy neighbors who cling to "codes" in order to harass other property owners? We should get back to intrinsic values for property and consider any extra value based on neighborhood to be a plus.
Shortly after Melinda Hackett put up the round, cedar treehouse for her girls in a broad-trunked London Plane tree in her tiny Greenwich Village backyard,.... "I got home and the police were at the door," says Hackett, a 49-year-old artist. "Then firefighters came."
Though the treehouse is only five years old, Hackett's townhouse is from the 1860s, she bought it from musician David Byrne of the Talking Heads.
"I came from the country with three little girls who were used to running around," their mother says. "I wanted them to have an oasis of calm in the city, a private space."
Hackett was forced to defend herself before the city's Environmental Control Board court, where "none of the judges knew what to do with a treehouse," it cost about as much as the construction price to settle three violation notices from the Department of Buildings for erecting a structure in a protected district without a permit, plus architect's fees.
In New York, where legal codes address buildings with foundations, plumbing and other construction factors, the ECB judges in June 2006 "scratched their heads, and finally, the case was dismissed,"