Treehouses or treehouses are tall structures that usually consist of a platform placed around the trunk or branches of a tree for support. Constructions of this kind are used not only as leisure spaces but also as dwellings (for example, for part of the year), for shelters and holiday cabins, workspaces, etc..
Treehouses: building and decorating a natural house
In this post, we are going to look at a series of treehouse models of different sizes. We will talk about the means and reasons for building such a house; materials necessary for this purpose; aspects relating to the safety of its use and its decoration. The goal is to give you the opportunity to weigh all these points for yourself to decide if you want to make one of these nice huts !
Treehouses: what is it ?
We start right away with some practical information on tree houses. Historically, this kind of structure was first and foremost a habitation for part of the population of our planet. The idea of building such a house, located far from the surface of the earth, was for example linked to the dangers that accompanied life in nature.
Treehouses, original structures with an intriguing past
The tree houses offered a means of protecting men from wild animals. These residences were also safer food storage spaces..
Houses and treehouses: from natural dwellings to modern constructions
Anthropologists cite other interesting explanations, such as the case of the Korowai tribe, originally from Papua New Guinea. The Korowai people are known to live in houses high on trees and made of wood, bamboo and leaves..
Photo of treehouse with natural decoration
This tribe has the habit of completely razing the trunk of the tree where these dwellings are found. This makes it easy for household members to spot the enemy, at the same time preventing the access of animals and reptiles (such as snakes) that might use the branches to gain access to the house..
How to explain the popularity of tree houses in modern societies ?
In Western societies, in Europe and the United States in particular, tree houses are popular mainly because they offer original alternatives to the vibrant lifestyle in urban centers..
Treehouses on two separate platforms
Buildings are thus generally considered as green houses, that is to say structures made of natural materials and which stimulate a closer relationship between man and nature..
Why are modern treehouses made ?
Modern treehouses are multifunctional structures
A modern tree house would be a nice addition to the outdoor decoration of a family with children. At a time when parents are constantly on the lookout for ideas to encourage their children to spend more time outdoors, log cabins are a valuable tool in attracting young people out of the home..
Small treehouses as a complement to the play areas for our children
A cabin in the woods is an ideal addition to a playground in the garden. Children love these constructions because they are original and out of the way of the adult world.
Small tree house and outdoor recreation idea
Modern treehouses are sometimes impressive in size
Having a space that is protected and yet out of sight of parents is, today, inaccessible for many children who share a room with their brother or sister. A tree house where you have the right to have fun as you wish is a space that will certainly appeal to little darlings in this situation !
Idea for treehouse construction: mini tree house made of wood
Girls and boys who love adventures will be impressed even by a cute little shelter.
Modern treehouses are popular with adults too
Houses and treehouses as spaces dedicated to our hobbies and creative projects
The owners of a house with a garden also have the option of making such a house as a workspace.
Small relaxation area with mini garden shed in the trees
Even if you don’t necessarily need an office at home (after all, you work for a living and not the other way around), you can make this type of house a corner for crafts, reading or writing… In short, a small shelter that can be used to fit out a space you’ve always dreamed of !
Treehouses as modern Zen spaces
Beautiful idea of house in the trees and majestic landscape
Such a structure in the trees would become a very impressive guest room. Without forgetting the fact that all these uses are easy to harmonize and that this house therefore has the capacity to serve as a functional and practical space for several members of your household !
How are modern treehouses built ?
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Houses built in trees are usually made of wood. Other popular materials include leaves and branches. There are many construction techniques. They seek to meet two objectives: first, to make the structure strong and resistant and, second, to protect as much as possible nature and the wood chosen to support the house..
Huts in modern trees: several construction methods should be considered
The manufacture of a cabin of this kind usually begins with the construction of a base, that is, a stable platform. The latter must accommodate the house and all the objects it will contain. The platform is often placed on one or more branches whose size is large enough to support the weight of the structure.
Build a treehouse on a sturdy platform
If the chosen tree does not have enough suitable branches or if you want to further strengthen the structure, you can use several different methods.
Construction of tree houses: what options to strengthen the base of its structure ?
The construction can be based on stilts that support the platform and everything on it. This is a construction method that gives more strength to the cabin made in a modern garden where there is no fear of the intrusion of wild animals.
Treehouses on stilts are a popular solution
These stilts are most often secured to the ground using concrete or other modern techniques (some of which provide greater protection for the roots of the tree). Stilts are now considered the easiest way to add strength to a tree structure, even if it is large..
Treehouses: advantages and disadvantages of other modern reinforcement solutions
Another technique used to make the house platform stronger is the use of modern reinforcement tools. Most often, it consists of installing connecting rods that evenly distribute the weight of structures located at great height. This construction technique is popular in cases of building houses at a very high height since the connecting rods are known to reduce the destabilizing effects caused by the winds and by the natural development of the tree..
Treehouse construction method
On the other hand, every handyman who plans to build a treehouse should decide whether they want to use natural or invasive techniques. The first category embraces all the methods of manufacturing a structure that do not contain nails, screws or bolts.
Making modern tree houses: thinking about safety and environmental protection
In other words, it is about using natural materials known for centuries: wooden beams, bars or means of attachment to the rope. These methods are recommended for DIY enthusiasts who want to protect the environment and the natural appearance of the tree as much as possible..
Treehouses and arboreal houses should fit naturally into the surrounding landscape
The natural advantages of the land and the construction site are also to be considered when designing the plan of the cabin..
Photo of house in the trees on a large platform
The category of invasive construction methods includes the use of the tools discussed above: nails, screws, bolts, pivots, etc. If you plan to use this construction method, be aware that the different types of trees do not respond in the same way to treatment with these work tools..
Platform idea for contemporary treehouses
We therefore advise you to find out about the solidity of the wood of the tree and the possible effects that this working method would have on its surface and its resistance..
Pretty wooden platform with floral decoration
If you don’t want to build a contemporary building, simply bet on a beautiful wooden platform.
Treehouse construction and administrative procedures
The size of your tree construction and its location may also determine the requirement for prior approval from your local government. We therefore recommend that you take some time to learn about these possible administrative details before embarking on any large-scale work..
Treehouse development and user safety
Building a natural and ecological house located in a tree also requires a reflection on the means of protection for its users. If the hut will be used by children, it is essential to use solid and resistant materials, even if your hut is not located at a very high height.
Idea of a secure access bridge for a wooden house
The same rule also applies to the means of access to the tree house (wooden ladder or rope, etc.) as well as to the exterior layout of its platform (in particular, the presence of a ramp).
Tree house and secure access platforms
Nature and DIY enthusiasts could also consider making a leisure space installed on several connected platforms (placed in a single tree or on several nearby structures). There, the presence of means of protection is also very important to guarantee the safety of users..
Modern treehouses: what an interior and exterior decor ?
What decorations to choose for your wooden house? You are practically free to bet on any decorative object that you like and that you would like to install in your cabin.
Photo of tree house terrace
If you are short of ideas, know that the most used decorating styles are country chic and rustic design which naturally complement the look of a wood interior. Scandinavian design is also a very nice solution for the interior of such a house.
Outdoor patio layout idea
Most tree houses also contain at least a small patio that is part of their base platform. It is usually used as an entrance space for people who have just climbed the tree and are about to open the door of the house..
Treehouse exterior decoration
The exterior decoration of a tree house is to be imagined according to the desires of its future users. A slide would be suitable for a play area for children and a garden furniture for a shelter intended mainly for adults.
Photo of arboreal hut terrace
Given all the advantages of such an open space, the owners of such a house might decide to set it up as a small outdoor terrace..
Nice idea for wooden house lighting
This would ideally contain a small table and a few chairs as well as one or two lights, sources of soft and natural light..
Tree house with small terrace
Treehouses and natural decor idea
Photo of large wooden treehouse
Modern treehouse construction idea by Logan ward, photos by Lajos Geenen