Do you love treehouses? Of course, you do. Who doesn't like treehouses, especially one as great as this one by Mark Grapin of Falls Church, Virginia.
Well, actually, the county officials don't:
First, Grapin checked with the county’s building department. A friendly employee told him that, no, he did not need a building permit and to have a nice day.
So off he went to the hardware store for the materials to construct a 58-square-foot treehouse — painted red, with a pitched roof and orange window shutters and braced with stilts — around the only sturdy tree on their Falls Church property.
What Grapin did not realize was that because he lives in a corner lot at Marc Drive and Parkwood Terrace, he would need a variance to build any such structure in what the zoning code considers a front yard. Responding to two anonymous complaints, a county inspector went around to have a look. Soon, the Grapins received notice that they were in violation of Section 10-104 (12C) of the county zoning code.
Now, after an exhaustive battle against the local bureaucracy, Mark Grapin would have to tear down his sons' treehouse: Link