When looking for a creative tree house design, consider these ideas before building in the branches. Many a child (or child-at-heart) has fantasized about living in a tree dwelling. While the magic of a tree house never fades, some adults see them as child's play. However, even grown-ups need a refuge to unwind and relax. A tree house can serve as a space for meditation, a lover's nest, a studio for art or creative practices, or simply a special place where one can retreat and reflect. Whatever the reason, tree houses are not just for kids!
Artistry and innovation are just as important as practical factors. As an adult, you have more sophisticated needs and interests and your tree house is a space that deserves special treatment. Although many architects are willing to take on more technically-advanced projects, consider designing and building the space yourself. Not only will you save money, but you can tweak the design to best fit your specific needs.
Understanding the purpose of your space is essential. Do you want privacy? Will it be used throughout the year or just in warmer weather? Is it meant for spiritual, practical, creative, or relaxation purposes? A treehouse is a space where everyone's imagination can play.
Finding the right tree is important. While many tree houses can be built using additional supports, you want to make sure the wood is healthy and can take the extra weight. You must also be able to access the space easily, as entering and leaving can be dangerous if not using precautions. Most important is ensuring that the tree you select is on your property and does not violate any city zoning codes. These you can find online.
Once you have found your perfect tree and decided on your dwelling's design, it is time to start building. Consulting those with prior experience building is a good idea to make sure your design is safe. Some companies charge a fee for consulting, or you can order pre-designed plans or pre-fabricated parts from experts. Comprehensive websites are good places to begin as they offer many suggestions for tree house enthusiasts.
Part of the fun and function of a tree house is the appeal of a personal retreat right in your backyard. Once you have selected a theme you can begin decorating your new space. A meditative tree house might have plush cushions for comfortable sitting, or some wind chimes outside. If you want a place to create, make sure you have enough room and storage for your canvases and paints. You might want to choose some inspirational photos or prints to hang on the wall. Woven rugs are durable and add comfort and color to any room. Mosquito netting is something to consider if pests are a problem. Scraps left over from building can be easily fashioned into rustic tables, shelves, or stools to make your new space more functional. Bring nature in! Don't be afraid to decorate with lovely fall leaves, flowers, or findings from outside.