Eco-friendly Forts, Tree house Resorts And Things Of The Sort...


After our camping adventures a few weeks ago, I got to remembering how badly I wanted to live "outdoors" in a tree house as a kid...except we didn't have a house with a backyard so as a city girl I eventually gave up on that idea. And by the time we moved to the burbs I was at that age where I thought I was too cool for school so it never occurred to me to include that on my home buyer's wishlist. So foolish at 15, Gosh! Anyway while my future kids certainly keep this dream alive, I must continue to polish up on my tree house savvy...this way when I find my dream house I'll recognize the perfect tree in the back when I see it. Oh I will have my dream tree house in this lifetime. Yes. We. Will. lol...

I wanted to scope out some unique treehouse concepts out there and was pleased to find not only some of the coolest architecturally eco-friendly structures but some kickass interiors as well. I am definitely more impressed by rustic bones than with a clean, build-by-numbers look. And although many of the structures I found have lost the organic rustic roots feeling, and some weren't even built off the ground let alone in the trees, my original plans for a rustic makeshift tree fort remain quite traditional...well, perhaps with the exception of a sky roof but that's neither here nor there! I would be really impressed with myself if I was still blogging by then, but stay tuned anyway because you never know. ;)

Here are some of my favorites...

Treehouse Bed and Breakfast anyone? This video recaps the resurgence of tree fort building for all intensive entertainment purposes from a highly luxurious "chalet in the trees" to a Bed and Breakfast in the forest. And a first hand account from high profile tree house commissioner Roderick Romero on what it was like to build a treehouse for Sting...




Care to camp away at a Tree house Resort?

Exhibit A- these Free Spirit Spheres built in Canada are being offered up to the public as Hotel Resorts and cost just as much as a 4 or 5 star hotel depending on the view and amenities provided inside this intricately suspended ball in the trees. Think it's worth it?















Matt Gagnon of www.mattstudio.com built a magical tree house called the The Knit Fort, emulating the woven texture of fabric. This beautiful trippy treasure gives me architectural goosebumps...







A super Green company I discovered O2 Treehouses, has taken their environmentally friendly efforts where no man has gone before and have been customizing tree houses for the playfully fortunate. Some have interesting organic and geometric shapes that are not only taking up less earth space than a "normal" tree house would, but O2's design plans take heed to the comfort of the trees in which these magical forts are nestled, making them virtually weightless. I found the following works of art most impressive and will probably die wondering who they belong to...

The Bamboo Tripod looks like something out of 'Honey I shrunk the Kids'




'The Copper Nest' is pretty spooky if I may...




'HONEY'....comb! I get it:)




'GeoDonar' looks like Vancouver's Science Museum. Uber eco-modern!





'The Lotus'...is for the vertically challenged(?) Great concept though. If I settle for an imperfect tree on my property, this low lying tree hub may be the way to go...




(O2 Treehouses<<< check out the stories on their development!)


And if you thought that was fun, check out some of these Tree House Interiors...

A treehouse with a loft space...



Apartment Therapy featured this one a while back..




Whole Trees Architecture


Dieses Baumhaus really does create art...





And after all the technology etched into this design , I somehow respect that its an actual tree house.






Behold the famous Yellow Tree House restaurant in New England.




New England's Yellow Tree House Restaurant



So what's next???


Photo by Darius Klimczak

In the event that you're brave enough to venture into the world of tree house building, I found this really great (and free) A-Frame Tree House Plan that is definitely worth checking out- go on! Good Luck and get your kids involved!! SMH.