The Irresistible Lure of Tree Houses

Living in a tree house is not exclusively in the domain of

childhood fantasies. There are lots of grown-ups who can’t resist the lure of

living in a house up in the trees. Everyone probably remembers that great old

Disney movie, Swiss Family Robinson,

about the family that gets shipwrecked and lives in the most amazing, sprawling

series of tree houses, suspended in the dense jungle foliage. You can probably

think of quite a few movies where tree houses play a role – a sure sign that

their appeal is universal.
The Web

Urbanist, that great online enclave of architecture and alternative art,

has a fantasy-provoking feature called 10 Amazing Tree Houses from Around the

World – Sustainable, Unique, and Creative Designs. The article says, “Some

structures are built on trees or hung from trees, but some unusual tree houses

are even grown from trees or built right into a tree. Some people live in trees

as a luxury, some to help save the environment, and others out of tradition or

necessity. Tree house designs range from functional to fanciful, sustainable to

strange, and affordable to incredibly expensive.”
The photos tell most of the story here, as you can plainly

Tree house home remodel
Some tree houses are custom

made by designers who are also tree experts, in which the type of tree is

taken into account in terms of its suitability for supporting a structure.
There are spherical

tree houses that are quite intriguing. Designed to be hung in trees, they

are waterproof and impact-resistant, composed of an internal laminated wood

frame and clear fiberglass exterior. They look kind of like pods from outer

You’ll see tree houses that look like geodesic domes, like Japanese lanterns, and like some

strange cave dwellings.
You’ll love the example

of work done by the TreeHouse Workshop, “a Seattle-based company that takes

the art of constructing tree houses extremely seriously. They build an average

of one tree house per month and hire extremely able builders and carpenters to

construct their projects. Their finished works vary in luxury but some even

include (counterintuitive!) fireplaces.”
After you’ve browsed the photo gallery and information in

the Web Urbanist feature, be sure to click over to the TreeHouse Workshop.

Their Portfolio

shows examples of completed tree houses

in 26 states and 5 countries over the last 10 years.

How much will Remodeling cost you?

What type of remodeling job are you interested in?

Odd but true remodels

The Romance of Tower Houses

The Romance of Tower Houses

There are different kinds of tower houses, and whether they are castle… Read The Romance of Tower Houses »