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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

Is the treehouse the pinnacle of sustainable living?

Why I Want a Treehouse of My Own:

Sunsets and sunrises are always beautiful and when there is a pond, that shows the reflection of the sky, they look even better. However, the area around my house has many trees that surround the pond, blocking the view. So, I decided to make the disadvantage of having those trees there into a key part of being able to see that view, with a treehouse.

This treehouse will be the area for hanging out with friends, an area for when you want some peace and quiet for work, or when you just want to be alone. Since my family tends to have small parties, this treehouse is great for helping me focus on homework a little more. Also, when we have a lot of people over at my house, my dog gets a little stressed because she doesn’t like strangers. So, when there are many people at my house, my brothers and I could bring her over to the treehouse so she isn’t so stressed.

Inspiration:  

 More Pictures of Inspiration 

Model of the House:

Physical Model:

Digital Model:

  

Location:

Design:

Light Sound Proximity Features
A lot of Natural Light Small Speakers for Music Entertainment/Seating Area Window Wall
Some Artificial Light   Reading Area Dog/Baby Area
      Storage for Games/Books

One Story Building:

  • Two Entrances/Exits
    • Stairs – leads up to the side
    • Ladder – from the bottom
    • Pole (Next to the ladder) – for kids to slide down
  • Small Deck (around the door)

Materials:

  • Wood
    • Dark Blue/Navy for exterior
    • White for interior
  • Glass (Windows)

Interior:

  • Work Area
    • Small rug
    • Small table (A desk might be too heavy)
  • Reading Area
    • Small rug
    • 2 or 3 bean bags
    • Book shelves attached to the walls
  • Entertainment Area (facing the window wall)
    • 4 bean bags
    • 4 pillows (incase there are more people)
    • Ottoman Table (on top can play board games) (stores games inside it)
  • Small Dog Area (Next to the side door and bottom door)
    • 2 containers
      • One for food
      • One for treats
    • Large basket – for toys
    • 2 bowls – for food and water
  • Small Baby Area (between Entertainment Area and window wall)
    • Small rug
    • Large basket – for toys
  • Bottom door has a gate surrounding it, so when its open nobody accidentally falls down it.

Do You Want a Treehouse?

The next few links will help you get started on your treehouse.

Design your own treehouse

Why trees are important

Building a treehouse timelapse

Watch this show, if you are not interested in getting a treehouse, but would like to watch the process. Treehouse Masters

Your Suggestions:

I need help decorating the interior, would you like to help? Please comment your ideas for the interior decor. The most requested design will be done and posted on my Instagram.

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COMMENTS: 6
  1. April 27, 2017 by Emma Cawley

    I love your project! It looks like you are super passionate about what you are doing and that is so awesome. The inspiration pictures you posted are so pretty – I totally get why you’re inspired by those! I also love the link you included so we can make our own treehouse design – it’s really fun!

  2. April 28, 2017 by Katarina Yepez

    This is a cool project! Having a large tree house like this is an awesome way of creating childlike adventures into something more usable in everyday life. I love being in the outdoors and If I were able to create a home in a tree where I could live and observe the natural word from above I would be so happy and peaceful. If this idea was something you continued to like, do you think you might be able to pursue a career in architecture and build many tree houses? Would you build them secluded or as neighborhoods if you could?

  3. April 29, 2017 by Jas

    Awesome idea! I love that instead of thinking only within the scope of traditional buildings you decided to apply architecture to something more fun. The images and concepts are really cool, too, and helpful to see your thinking.

  4. April 30, 2017 by Emil B

    This is super interesting. Who has not dreamt having an awesome treehouse as a kid! Cool that your bringing it to life.

  5. April 30, 2017 by Jesús Maldonado Treviño

    I’m obsessed with this project!! Tree houses are really fun and really good for bonding. I have one out in the country and it’s had rooms added over the years and it’s always been such a lovely place for commune. It’s awesome that you’ve designed one for yourself! How do you plan on powering the artificial lighting? If it’s windy you should try wind turbines or solar panels since you’ll be more above the tree line.

  6. May 05, 2017 by Matthew T

    This is an awesome project! I’ve always wanted a treehouse as a kid and I still want one. The concepts look really cool, especially the one with reflective walls that help the treehouse blend in with its surroundings. Your interior decor also sounds cool! it would be cool to have the comforts of home in a treehouse. Sounds like a great project, Good job!

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