Treehouses Built by Kids

Treehouses built by kids: 78 designs

What do you think about treehouses built by kids?  Think about it…we all know that kids of all ages love treehouses.  Typically, though, parents build them for rather than with their kids.  Well here’s an awesome site I came across called Built By Kids, which cultivates family bonds by involving children in DIY projects — […]

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Treehouse Food Gardening

treehouse gardening with containers

Say it with me now: Treehouse food gardening!  You’ve probably never heard them in that combination, but don’t those 3 words sound great together? Treehouses and food gardening both represent a sense of self-sufficiency and commune with nature. So why not do them both? If your treehouse is snuggled inside the tree’s canopy, the first […]

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Secret Treehouses

Arborist and former treehouse builder Bob Redman

What’s cooler than treehouses?  Secret treehouses, of course!  Much of a treehouse’s appeal involves communing with nature, sharing some special bond away from the madding crowd.  When living in urban centres, this can be very hard to accomplish without a little secrecy. Secret treehouses are also a powerful way to return to that feeling of […]

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Treehouse build Animation


A nice little animation of a tree house creation — built for his daughter — by reddit user doownek.

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Baumraum builds another treehouse: Halle

baumraum treehouse

I’m delighted by this little treehouse. Let me list the ways: First, the oblong shape is ideal: organic and efficient. That extra space provided by the curve makes it much more habitable than an A frame. At 11 meters off the ground, and nestled in the foliage, this treehouse is certainly not merely an outbuilding […]

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Treehouse Playground Helps Children Heal

Sagkahan Elementary School kids playing

When Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, it clocked in as the country’s deadliest ever.  It was the strongest storm to ever hit land.  It traumatized many, including children.  In order to help them get over their fear of water and renew their youthful spirits, Sagkahan Elementary School in Tacloban had a […]

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ArborCasa built treehouse with bridge

treehouse patio bridge

An Imgur user named ArborCasa has posted photos of his treehouse build for a client. Quite a nice concept of bridging from the existing home deck over to a tree house platform perched in an old oak tree. Ladders and stairs are always an awkward problem for a stand alone treehouse design and this bridge […]

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Historical Tree Trunk Rolling

tree trunk roller

These sections of tree were so big, it wasn’t really possible to drag them out like standard timber. So, they would roll them out using cables and horse teams. Sometimes, they would purposefully shape a round section to act as a roller — you can see in this image that they’ve smoothed the ends to form […]

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Historical Tree Trunks Used as Campers

tree truck camper

Sometimes, a man wants to stand out from the crowd. In this case, an early 1900′s fellow purchased a section of a massive Douglas Fir and hollowed it out to make himself a nice camper trailer for his truck. He was envied for his dominance over nature. Fashions happen in cycles, and today in 2014, […]

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Historical Logging: Tree Trunks as Bridges


Back when massive trees were plentiful, folks would cut them down and use them as bridges. You could drive your car across the tree trunk no problem. You could also drive a stream train over one. Although, this would be seen as showing off. Fortunately, tree bridges like this were often a temporary measure, as […]

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Be in a Treehouse with Pete Nelson

Pete Nelson: Treehouse Masters

Spring is here and with it thoughts turn to another season of treehouses.  Pete Nelson’s timing is therefore impeccable.  In the interview, above, reporter Allie Merriam interviews renowned veteran treehouse designer Pete Nelson on his latest publication. Pete Nelson’s new work is appropriately called Be in a Treehouse.  Appropriate because it imparts how to […]

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Historical Logging Transport

big tree on steam train transport

Back in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, when it came time to transporting large trees out of the woods, steam train was the way to go. The scale of the logs makes the train look like a child’s toy.

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Historical Logging


There were massive trees back in the 1800′s, and if you wanted to cut it down, you had to really earn it by hand.

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A Treehouse Comic Book!

treehouse comic book

Check out this cool new treehouse comic book.  Situating a story line around a treehouse…what a great idea!

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Activist Treehouse On The Endangered List

The Little Red Toolangi activist treeehouse

  On Wednesday, an Australian court ordered the removal of the Little Red Toolangi activist treehouse. The touchstone treehouse serves as a forest community centre for resistance to VicForests’ clearcutting practices. It’s ironic that the courts are so adamant that this treehouse come down when VicForests clearcutting, which exterminates homes for species like the Leadbeater’s […]

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A Treehouse Addition

Sakhiba Khairulla takes in the stunning view from her new treehouse addition.

If you’ve been dreaming about building your own treehouse but haven’t yet, take heart.  The opportunity may come in an unexpected way. This story is a beautiful example of thinking outside the box.  When faced with a choice between cutting down a tree and building around it, Samad Firdosy and Sakhiba Khairulla decided to build […]

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DIY Treehouse Designs From Tiny Houses


Looking for great do-it-yourself treehouse designs?  Well you’re in luck because I found a goldmine of a video for anyone interested in exploring some amazing ideas for building your own treehouse! DIY Treehouse Ideas Galore In August, I reported on Derek Diedricksen’s tiny writer’s retreat. Well this video goes above and beyond that great story: […]

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Ready for Treehouse School?

the treehouse that yestermorrow treehouse school built

Yestermorrow — A Treehouse School for the Rest of Us   Have you always dreamed of building your own treehouse, but don’t know a hammer from a plank?  Or maybe you have some skills but need inspiration, motivation, or a brush-up on your knowledge? If this sounds like you, it might be time to enroll […]

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Inspiring Treehouse Design Ideas

the 180 sq.ft. Everts home offers inspiring treehouse design ideas

Are you looking for inspiring treehouse design ideas?  That’s where Tammy Everts comes in.  Her husband John and friend Stefan built their place in a fortnight.  At a demure 180 square feet, it has served as weekend host to a family of two adults, two children…and a dog! In this awesome apartment therapy article, Tammy […]

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A Solar Treehouse?

The Goal Zero Extreme makes for a solar treehouse!

If you read my last post, you know that I’ve fallen in love with one of the coolest sites ever for treehouse and tiny house lovers.  One of their subsites is where you can find some pretty cool stuff for living in small spaces.  I got fixated on the possibilities offered by the Goal Zero […]

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Modern Ewok Coffee Table Book

modern ewok book

A coffee table book for those who strive for a sleek, clean looking treehouse dwelling.

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This beauty should spark your treehouse ideas!

  Always looking for new treehouse ideas?  As summer transitions into fall and our days of treehouse living and building get harder, I’m super excited to share a new find with you! Someone I know facebooked a blog post from this awesome website called My post was going to be about the article I […]

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What’s the Best Treehouse Wood?

Choosing the best treehouse wood leads to lots of fun times with friends!

What’s the best treehouse wood? At some point in the planning process, you have to consider what materials you’re going to use to build your treehouse. The best treehouse wood for you certainly depends on how much money you have to spend, and how long you want your treehouse to last. Often less considered, but […]

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A John Lennon Celebrity Tree House?

Was this John Lennon's celebrity tree house?

Was this John Lennon’s celebrity tree house getaway? I stumbled upon this intriguing possibility while taking a tree house quiz. The first question asks which public figure was not known to have an adult tree house: John Lennon, Winston Churchill, or Elton John. I didn’t know any of them had tree houses, so being a […]

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Building a Treehouse? Read This!

The frame for building a treehouse as featured in the book Treehouse Chronicles

Are you building a treehouse, or thinking about it?  Then this book is a must-have for you.  A quote from the book makes the case compellingly: I’m not alone. Young, old, or in between, wealthy or of modest means, everyone dreams about treehouses – and the magic of life aloft. Join us now for a […]

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Treehouse Zip Lines

someone using a zip line from a treehouse

Ever fantasized about being on a mountain or up a tree and having a magical zip line that would zoom you through space?  That dream isn’t far from reality.  Wanna build an Ewok treehouse village, whisking from tree to tree?  Then zip lines are the way to go! 3 zip line resources to get you […]

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Treehouse Blogs – The Wisdom of Experience

Treehouse Building in Progress

It’s spring again and you’re probably thinking about building that treehouse you’ve been dreaming about but never got around to building.  You can read all the books and take all the courses you want, but there’s nothing like lived experience.  That’s where treehouse blogs come in handy. If you’re looking to build a treehouse, chances […]

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Treehouse Elevator: Take It to the Next Level

Treehouse Elevator

So maybe you’ve already got some treehouse plans. Or maybe you’ve already built your treehouse.  The ladder is the traditional method of getting up into the clouds and spending time in your dream house.  But the imagination is the only limit when it comes to treehouses (or anything else, for that matter), so you need […]

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Pass-through Tree Architecture

tree glass pass through design

An example of architectural design that includes the tree within the structure — very applicable to treehouse design. Almost all single tree, and many multi-tree treehouse designs have to deal with the issue of accommodating the tree trunk passing through the structure itself. This is a hard problem because it is not possible to seal […]

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The John Malkovich Treehouse

John Malkovich's Treehouse

Did you know that John Malkovich had a treehouse? Here’s the scoop:  The year was 1993.  The place, near Malkovich’s Provence, France house.  A group of local residents was lobbying for a treehouse in a nearby park.   Malkovich contributed money to the project.  For those of you familiar with government reactions to treehouses, it will […]

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