Always wanted your own private treehouse, where you could quietly plot out how to save the environment — or at least write the next Walden? Then check out this amazing photo gallery of unique treehouses for inspiration. Many of these houses are quite intricate and larger than life —

That L.A. Times photo gallery’s a book preview of New Treehouses of the World by Pete Nelson, who has a company called TreeHouse Workshops that builds treehouses and also teaches others to build treehouses. Take a workshop, and maybe your own treehouse will be featured in Pete's next book!

Earlier: Tiny houses!