24 DIY treehouses made from reclaimed materials
People love a great treehouse, especially ones they’ve built on their own. That’s also the case with this creation, named Airbnb’s most-wished for listing in the world and it’s for good reason. It’s a secluded getaway spot in Georgia, USA, that includes three rooms: Mind, Body and Spirit. Each room is connected by rope bridges and the Mind room contains antique furnishings, fossils and 80-year-old windows of pressed butterfly wings.
Enjoy your magical location high in the treetops, nestled between two national parks and world heritage listed rainforest and with breathtaking views of Bowen’s Creek gorge. This adults-only treehouse sits on 600 acres of private wilderness and is close to the Glow Worm Tunnel. Once used by trains, now glow-in-the-dark fungus gnat larvae – glow worms – live there and provide a spectacular sight during the day or the night since the tunnel is completely pitch black inside.
Ethan Hayes-Chute collaborated with Jean-Paul Lespagnard to create this treehouse made from found, reclaimed and recycled items in Hyères, France. The tree is allowed to continue to grow as it was before the construction of the treehouse. The construction had to cater to the reclaimed items the pair used. Hayes-Chute has constructed several cabins in this vein under the term “Potential Living Situations.” Hayes-Chute and Lespagnard came up with this treehouse back in 2010.
Horace Burgess had a vision to build a treehouse after God told him, “If you build a treehouse, I’ll see that you never run out of material.” He started building a treehouse in 1993 in the US using reclaimed wood. It developed into a 30-metre tall treehouse, though it has been closed since 2012 because it does not follow fire safety codes.
Foraged or reused materials were used for 90 percent of the construction of this magnificent treehouse. Each piece seems to have a story of its own. The deck is recycled, the door salvaged, the metal roof is 10-year-old siding that was reclaimed and the siding came from a 150-year-old cabin built by slaves who were granted land with emancipation.
Tucked away in the Costa Rican countryside, this treehouse will take you back to your youth because only your imagination at that time could believe what lies there. Those who stay at this Airbnb have access to 12 natural hot and cool springs, rainforest trails and views of wildlife that others will only dream of seeing.
The Bird’s Nest is part of the Treehotel compound in Sweden and well-camouflaged with branches secluding the view. Inside the treehouse is pure luxury with its circular design. Discover another geodesic beauty in a smaller design that will blow your mind.
This treehouse outside of Toronto, Canada is made from a reclaimed, upcycled barn and sits next to a cabin, both of which can be rented on Airbnb. The treehouse also includes an incredible slide for a quick getaway and will make you reminisce about your childhood.
The geometry of the Healdsburg Treehouse is striking and how it combines in a five-level treehouse will keep your mind working in a meditative setting. The Healdsburg uses reclaimed Douglas fir in its construction.
The Copper Nest connects to an existing deck and includes reclaimed wood in half of its construction. It also uses steel awnings that were given a rust patina that blends into the background of the wooded area.
The Calistoga model by O2 Treehouse uses a trapdoor entry to a catwalk that leads to the rest of the treehouse. It uses woven recycled climbing ropes as built-in hammocks, too.
In Cornwall, UK, is the Lost Meadow Treepod, which seems just suspended in air. It’s built with recycled materials and uses cedar siding. The Lost Meadow is 20 acres of ancient oaks and meadow. It also sits near a babbling river for a complete outdoor experience.
A paradise for skaters who have an outdoors bent, The Cinder Cone has two treehouses and a skate bowl. It also has a wood-fired hot tub for a perfect place to end the day after skating. Foster Huntington and friends started building the project in 2014 and took about a year to complete. Huntington used Craigslist, salvage yards and leaned on friends to source the building materials.
This Canadian treehouse project, The HemLoft, didn’t necessarily begin as a project that would harness reclaimed/recycled material but the builder turned to Craigslist to help complete the floor of his project. Located in Whistler, British Columbia, it is now part of the Medicine Trail and a stop during guided hiking and snowshoe trips.
Trillium gives guests a 360-degree view of the woods through its 80 windows from a Western Red Cedar tree. Renowned US treehouse builders Nelson Treehouse build their treehouses in a sustainable way to minimise the impact on the tree.
For the really adventurous there is the Kingston Treehouse in the Sabi Sand game reserve in South Africa. It is set in the African bush and visitors will get to experience the wildlife while also enjoying comfort. The treehouse features a full bathroom and shower while guests can sleep under the stars outside.
In Australia, along Crystal Creek is a treehouse retreat that’s more like a resort. Technically, it’s an elevated decked cabin, but it looks more like a treehouse the way it rises from the canopy. There are tons of areas to explore and interesting sites as it is located near an ancient volcano crater.
Talk about getting creative when it comes to working with recycled material. Builder Jonathan Juhasz took an old grain silo he found on Craigslist to begin building this treehouse. He added in a repurposed galvanised steel water trough for the doorway and included fibreglass bench seating repurposed from a bowling alley. One of the cooler features is a slide, a perfect escape hatch for an emergency landing.
Situated in the rainforest of Australia is this incredible treehouse that’s really as big as a cabin. It’s three-storeys tall, has 1 ½ baths and provides an ocean view.
Rocks from a local mountain make up the base of this treehouse in Washington, USA. Meanwhile, inside petrified wood serves as a sink basin. Just below the treehouse is a base of nets for children to play and the adults can watch through a floor window.
It was a slam dunk for Nelson Treehouse when it came to designing a treehouse for former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. They custom designed it so there is a 9-foot tall door, an extra-long staircase and 10-foot tall walls on the main level. The second level of the decagon appears like a lighthouse, which is perfect to use as a calling for people to use Shaq’s treehouse for the card room and bar that it is.
Each view of this Nelson Treehouse creation draws your attention to something different. Maybe the spacious deck grabs your eye first but look a little closer. There are two decks. The second one rests underneath the treehouse. There’s also a really cool suspension bridge, not to mention the repurposed items sprinkled in like a rhododendron branch as a door handle to the screen porch.
People in glass houses, right? No one would want to throw a stone at this masterpiece by Nelson Treehouse. Settled in the Catskills in upstate New York, USA, this treehouse uses salvaged windows all around for a simulating visual experience. Some of the windows came from street corners and there are even some panes of stained glass. Bags not cleaning all the windows!
Walk the plank to experience this sky pirate hangout Nelson Treehouse created. The nautical theme is complete with an old ship wheel on the deck and a lifesaver that hangs from the tree. The deck railing has natural branches to support it. The entire deck has the appearance of a ship with its shape.
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