Somebody better yell “Timber!”, because one big treehouse is about to come crashing down.
Three years ago, Toronto father John Alpeza built something for his kids that officially made him dad of the year: a massive, $30,000 ship-shaped treehouse. The incredible feat of engineering features four different entrances, retractable windows, swing ropes, a hammock, an eating area and even a ship captain’s steering wheel.
The only problem is, the wooden juggernaut also towers over other neighbour’s fences, giving Alpeza’s kids the ability to see directly into their yards. And that’s part of the reason why this treehouse boat is currently in troubled waters.
You see, Alpeza first constructed the giant boat without realizing it required a permit. He didn’t even look into getting one until a neighbour finally complained, but by then, the city wasn’t exactly sympathetic. Staff said they wouldn’t issue a permit and ordered him to dismantle the backyard creation.
“Nobody complained for a whole year,” Alpeza said. “Only after I changed the walls and the roof from pressure-treated to cedar and made it a lot nicer, a lot more expensive – that’s when the complaint was filed.”
While he says he will fight the city’s order, we’re guessing he won’t have much luck. Not even Mayor John Tory appears to be on Alpeza’s side:
Looking into #treehouse issue. Impressive play space & built with great intentions but safety & neighbourhood impacts have to be considered.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 20, 2016
For now, it’s still unclear exactly what Alpeza plans to do to keep his treehouse alive. But it’s certainly starting to look like this captain may indeed have to go down with his ship.