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The added greenery was another condition the board asked the family to maintain.

Warrant Officer Grapin built the treehouse so that it encircles the trunk with room for the tree to grow. The house sits on stilts.

He hugged his wife, Brinda, and their sons after the meeting and thanked the community for stepping forward to help in the costly appeal, nearly $2,000 of which the Grapins paid themselves.

The boys said they were very happy with the board’s decision to preserve what their friends have deemed as an “awesome” treehouse.

“I think they made the right decisions to save the treehouse,” Sean said. “It’s made by my dad and it also has a really fun slide.”