Start Planning Your Treehouse

Posted on Jan 30 2013 - 9:11am by Garret Stembridge


It may be chilly out right now, but before you know it, lovely weather will be upon us! Call me an overgrown kid, but I still think that one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors is hanging in your very own treehouse. And plenty of people agree with me. Today, spectacular treehouses are being designed and built more often than you might imagine. Perhaps the best part of all this treehouse love is that many people are building their tree abodes with reclaimed materials!


Great Treehouses Built with Reclaimed Materials

If you’re close to Crossville, Tennessee, stop to see the nearly 10,000-square-foot treehouse supported by a living white oak. Standing at 97 feet, the 10-story treehouse built by Horace Burgess is one of the largest in the world. Braced by six other trees, the structure is referred to as “The Minister’s Treehouse.” Horace says that God told him he’d never run out of material to build the treehouse, which is constructed mostly with recycled lumber from barns, storage sheds and garages.


"The Minister's Treehouse" built by Horace Burgess. Photo by Casey Fox.

“The Minister’s Treehouse” by Horace Burgess. Photo by Casey Fox.


Roderick Romero loves designing treehouses. And he believes that you shouldn’t kill trees to put a structure in a tree. I agree! Roderick uses 98 percent reclaimed or salvaged materials to build his awe-inspiring treehouses all around the world. Just take a look at Roderick’s flickr stream and you’ll see what I mean.


Lynee Knowlton isn’t too grown up for her own treehouse, located in Durham, Ontario, Canada. The treehouse is made entirely from reclaimed materials. In fact, Lynee used materials from a friend’s barn that was smacked down by a tornado. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! In this case, a destroyed barn was transformed into a beautiful sanctuary. See all the gorgeous images at Homedit.


Where to Find Reclaimed Building Materials

Inspired to build your own treehouse with salvaged materials, but not sure where to locate them? That’s not a problem.


Try these resources for finding reclaimed building materials:


Get Started Now

Designing your treehouse now and completing a few winter tasks will give you a head start for your spring building. According to The Treehouse Guide, winter is the time to complete some tasks like pruning dead tree branches, visualizing where the treehouse will be placed, and making design plans inside your toasty house. They offer building advice, and a list of seasonal steps you can take to have your treehouse completed by summer.


Don’t worry. You don’t have to build a Roderick Romero masterpiece, but you should have plenty of fun! After all, you’re giving new life to used building materials, while adding some charm to your property. It’s almost like you need an excuse not to build a treehouse.


Have you ever built a treehouse? Do you think treehouses are just for kids?