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5 Fly Treehouse Designs

Tiny houses and tree houses go together like shrimp over grits or gravy over biscuits.(Cravin’ some southern food, can you tell?) I have to reveal that I not so secretly wish to live in a tiny tree house community. I actually visited a tree house community in Belgium that consisted of 6-10 people on any given day. They were squatting the land trying to save the last bit of woods outside Brugge. Unfortunately, they lost their battle with the developers and the trees were cut down but it was a really interesting community to visit for a few days. I wasn’t crazy about having to descend ropes every time I needed to tinkle in the night and then ascend back to bed but it was a really fun experience. I would definitely want a staircase as well as climbing equipment to reach my tiny tree house. Options are a good thing. Check out the following worthy pics for inspiration.


 If I look over and see even a simple platform for some children in a tree I get giddy. I have seriously considered hopping more than one fence to test the enjoyment of a structure in a tree. Tree houses for me imbue this feeling of childlike exuberance and whimsy. What else could you feel when you see a treehouse? Unless you are afraid of heights and then just don’t answer that question.

HA NT 200-201

I’m not an old school tree house enthusiast who may see a structure like this and balk. I’m all about innovation. How far can tree house design be pushed? How does such a structure incorporate a modern lifestyle with an ancestral habitat? I’ve got similar questions for the tiny house movement. Humans have been migrating back and forth across this planet for so long, I think it’s in my genetics to crave mobility. Carrying your home with you is how the human race lived for millennia until agriculture came along. For me, it a big reason why I’m so attracted to the tiny house on wheels lifestyle but I could be convinced to stay put in any one of these tree houses!


Ideal aesthetic scenario: my garden starts to overtake my tree house. Ideal tree for a treehouse: Banyan for sure although probably super challenging since it’s branches grow horizontally towards the ground, not vertically from a center trunk.


The above structure reminds me of my favorite place at Disney World. The Swiss Family Robinson treehouse attraction. I could have spent all day there pretending I was shipwrecked and livin’ it up treehouse style.


Hang me a hammock off this thing and I’m home!


Your Turn!

  • What kind of tree would you build your tree house around?




I came upon this almost surreal tree house today called the HemLoft.  At first I thought it was a concept drawing, but it is real, this amazing house is so well done with great wood finishes, a high level of skill and a gorgeous surrounding.  I hope they try to work on  the kitchen more, with such amazing wood working a Coleman stove in the kitchen just doesn’t feel right.


Finca Bellavista

One of my goals in life has been to go back to Costa Rica and spend several months just hanging out, learning spanish and teaching English for free.  I had thought I wanted to spend my time on the beach, but I might just venture inland to Finca Bellavista which is a mountain retreat set high in the canopy of the rain forest.  A series of tree house hotel rooms high up in the trees.   What I really like about Costa Rica is that an American can safely drink the water there, with little worry of getting sick.  You can enjoy all their fruits and it is a very stable country, it doesn’t even have a standing army.


The Cabin – Sweeden

Here is another neat room in the sky.  This tree house is designed so you walk among the tree canopy to get to the house, you then drop down a ladder into the tree house.  The tree house is actually suspended from the deck you walk to it on.

The site of The Cabin is chosen with regards to our ideal: high ground with a steep slope, providing a great view of the valley of the Lule River.

When visiting Harads to view possible sites, we formulated an idea around a horizontal approach: a footbridge leading to a spacious deck. It offers the potential for future expansion, with additional tree houses and footbridges (as well as viewing platforms and places to rest). The basic shape of the deck comes from the supporting trees in the slope. The actual tree house is suspended from the deck. This will hide the volume of the building to a certain degree. The deck is slightly separated from the building in order to make it appear smaller and also to allow the building its own expression.

We played around with the angles and rounded off the corners lengthwise. It now looks like a capsule or cabin, an expression we feel comfortable with. While discussing the façade we decided to try an unconventional solution: engineered fabrics used on lorries and trailer covers. Manufacturers in this line of business use fasteners, fixtures and techniques that would be suitable, as well as intriguing, for this tree house.