What Is An Adult Treehouse: Creating A Treehouse For Grownups

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If you have come into adulthood kicking and screaming, a treehouse might help reawaken your inner child. Treehouses for adults are a new trending idea that can translate into an office space, studio, media room, guest house, reading nook, or simply a relaxing retreat. Design ideas on how to make an adult treehouse may inspire you to get out the saw horses and saws and build one of these sanctuaries of your own.

Creating a Treehouse for Grownups

Treehouses are great for children but have become a landscape element popular with adults. Since our fascination with these small houses never really goes away, adult treehouse ideas abound. What is an adult treehouse? It can be as simple as a tiny replica of a real house or as complex as an artistic, natural edifice perched high above the daily cares of life.

If you missed out on having a treehouse as a kid, it's still not too late. There are even professional builders that specialize in such lofty buildings. If you have the skills and a sturdy tree or grove of trees, creating a treehouse for grownups is within your grasp.

The first step is to plan your building and that starts with deciding the purpose for your treehouse. If you want a secret lair to hide away from your kids and relax or get some work done, a simple construction would fit the bill. If you want to add beauty and showy craftsmanship to the landscape, a bit more work will go into the house.

Interior features will also have to be considered. Draw up a plan before you get to work or contract with a professional.

Adult Treehouse Ideas

Many treehouses are in the backyard and mimic the main home. They may be tiny replicas or just echo details like siding, roofing, and other design elements. A simple yurt is a building that blends into nature and still affords a cozy retreat. A basic framed in lean-to is one of the easiest styles for a beginning builder.

Many treehouses feature decks, fireplaces, second levels, staircases, and other attributes. Treehouses for adults can even follow a theme such as a Swiss Family Robinson look, jungle bungalow, log or beach cabin, castle, A-frame, and more.

How to Make an Adult Treehouse

There are numerous free treehouse plans on the internet. You can even purchase kits that will go up in a snap with the right foundation. The base of the house is the first concern since it will have to support not only the building but any furniture and other items you wish to store inside.

Take time and any expert help you can to make sure the platform is strong and sturdy. From there, it's up to you how you style the building or if you use a kit. If you have children, this is an important time to teach them the value of creating and building. The finished product will be one you and they can enjoy for years to come.

Bonnie L. Grant

Bonnie Grant is a professional landscaper with a Certification in Urban Gardening. She has been gardening and writing for 15 years. A former professional chef, she has a passion for edible landscaping.