If a Treehouse Falls in a Forest…

In our June/July issue’s Newsticker section we told you about a contractor who’d spent $30,000 – not including his own labour – building a boat-shaped treehouse in his Toronto backyard, only to find out that it exceeded local zoning regulations and that he might have to tear it down. (The backstory suggests that the oversized structure may have as much to do with a long-standing neighbours’ feud as it did with giving his kids a cool hangout.)

In late June the city’s committee of adjustment rejected his plea for a zoning variance and ordered him to take down the illegal structure. At press time, the owner was contemplating appealing to the Ontario Municipal Board. We’ll keep you posted of any further developments.