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Treehouses give kids the sky

Jean Stiles takes in the view in The

Jean Stiles takes in the view in The Hobbit treehouse in East Hampton, one of the treehouses that she and her husband David have designed. (April 14, 2013) Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

LI parents seek professional designers, builders to create playrooms in the sky that give kids a place of their own.

Jean Stiles takes in the view in The
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Jean Stiles takes in the view in The Hobbit treehouse in East Hampton, one of the treehouses that she and her husband David have designed. (April 14, 2013)

This donated treehouse, complete with wheelchair ramp, was
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer

This donated treehouse, complete with wheelchair ramp, was built for children with cancer and their siblings at Sunrise Day Camp in Wheatley Heights. (June 29, 2007)

Children and their counselors use the wheelchair ramp
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer

Children and their counselors use the wheelchair ramp to enter the treehouse that was built for children with cancer and their siblings at Sunrise Day Camp in Wheatley Heights. (June 29, 2007)

Campers gaze out at the woods through the
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Campers gaze out at the woods through the windows of a treehouse built and donated for children with cancer and their siblings at Sunrise Day Camp in Wheatley Heights. (June 29, 2007)

Dave and Jeanie Stiles of the Hamptons created

Dave and Jeanie Stiles of the Hamptons created this A-Frame. They are designers/builders of treehouses, sheds and other rustic/outdoor structures and authors of "Treehouses & Playhouses."

This East Hampton treehouse, known as The Hobbit,
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

This East Hampton treehouse, known as The Hobbit, was designed by Jean and David Stiles and has an aged look. (April 14, 2013)

Natural light pours in through the working windows
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Natural light pours in through the working windows in this East Hampton treehouse named The Hobbit and designed by Jean and David Stiles. (April 14, 2013)

Jean and David Stiles, designers of treehouses from
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Jean and David Stiles, designers of treehouses from East Hampton, visit one of their creations, the Peace Treehouse in East Hampton. (April 14, 2013)

It's all kids play in this child's-scale treehouse
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

It's all kids play in this child's-scale treehouse in Southampton. The designer structure has all the bells and whistles: a rock pole, a pole to slide down, a working safe, mailbox, working shutters, chalkboard, table and chairs, a sliding door that leads to the outdoor deck. (April 16, 2013)

A folding table and chairs allow for more
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A folding table and chairs allow for more space when it is playtime in the treehouse in Southampton. (April 16, 2013)

The upper deck of this designer treehouse in
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

The upper deck of this designer treehouse in Southampton has a mailbox, all ready for letters. There is also a sliding wooden door with a doorknocker, working shutters a wraparound deck to provide views of all areas of the yard, all built around the limbs of the tree. (April 16, 2013)

A working combination safe is tucked in a
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A working combination safe is tucked in a corner of the treehouse in Southampton. (April 16, 2013)

Entirely handcarved, this scalloped gable and shakes roof
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Entirely handcarved, this scalloped gable and shakes roof is part of this East Hampton treehouse. (April 14, 2013)

This Amagansett treehouse designed by the Stiles, sits
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

This Amagansett treehouse designed by the Stiles, sits on two trees for support. Pressure-treated wood is near ground and cedar is used above. A mahogany deck is inside, and a doubled-sided deck gives two views of the yard. (April 14, 2013)

A sturdy front door opens to the inside
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A sturdy front door opens to the inside of a custom-built treehouse in Sag Harbor. (April 21, 2013)

A knotted rope leads from the upper to
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A knotted rope leads from the upper to the lower level in the Ludwick treehouse in Sag Harbor. (April 21, 2013)

A custom-built treehouse in Sag Harbor features working
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A custom-built treehouse in Sag Harbor features working shutters, two skylights, a pole, ropes for climbing in and out, a deck with rope railing, a mailbox, 3 doorways, a table and benches and more play areas below the home. (April 21, 2013)

Swings and handlebars attached to the raised floor
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Swings and handlebars attached to the raised floor of the Ludwick treehouse in Sag Harbor offer children even more things to do. (April 21, 2013)

A table and benches fold down when it's
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A table and benches fold down when it's time to play in the Ludwick treehouse in Sag Harbor. (April 21, 2013)

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