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Accessory buildings in the town where I work are limited to a maximum height of 15'. Any more, and you're looking at something with a second floor that could be converted to an apartment, Accessory dwelling units are considered ideal by new urbanists, but they're a potential health hazard when you're in a town that doesn't have a sanitary sewer system.
I was channel surfing and I saw a program on the "House in the Clouds" somewhere in England. It appeared to be about seven stories with the footprint of a normal house. I believe it may have been a water tower before being converted to residential use. Journeymouse any ideas on this example of English ingenuity?
I've never seen or heard of it before, but after a quick check: yes, it has been a water tower that was no longer necessary and converted (in 1923-ish).
Somewhere, I'm not sure where, there is a web-site for a british company that builds tree houses, for kids and/or adults. You can actually live in some of them and I think I just discovered another life ambition... ( i want one, dammit!)