Have you ever dreamed of living in a treehouse? Well, your childhood dreams could come true with one of the latest trends that have taken the world by storm. Although once only thought of as childish DIY hideouts, living in a treehouse is much more achievable than you may have ever thought, offering an eco-friendly, fun abode for you and your family. Our guide is here to give you an insight into what life living in a treehouse could be like!
What is a treehouse?
It may seem a little obvious, but a treehouse is essentially a house built within/around a tree. Traditionally, these were fairly small structures, built for children to play in; wooden ladders and rope bridges were the only way in and the interiors were fairly basic. However, today a treehouse can be so much more, with liveable structures created for adults too!
What is it like to live in a treehouse?
Living in a treehouse is a truly magical experience for many reasons; from the off-the-grid privacy element to the wonders of nature that surround you in your treetop abode, everyday is like living your very own fairytale. It is a truly incredible experience, one that we could not recommend enough for individuals, couples and families too!
In many aspects, however, it is no different to living in a normal home, as many people choose to equip their treehouses with all the luxuries found in traditional homes, such as flushing toilets, hot showers and even kitchens too. Just because you’re opting for a different style of home, doesn’t mean to say that you can’t enjoy the luxuries! You may find that you enjoy adopting a minimalistic way of life once you move in, as the simpler things in nature offer you the same joy that materialistic objects once offered.
What are the benefits of living in a treehouse?
There are many benefits of living in a treehouse, and they stretch far beyond the excitement of living in one of these incredible structures. Just a few of these include:
- Peace and quiet
- Getting back to nature
- A unique experience
- Built for your needs
Is living in a treehouse sustainable?
The simple answer to this question is yes, it is very sustainable! There are many examples all over the world of people who have lived their entire lives in a treehouse and even raised kids there! You don’t need to be an eco-warrior or hermit to live in one of these structures; they really are for everyone! With the eco-friendly nature of these buildings, however (and if you choose to adopt an eco way of life,) you can do your bit for the planet to cut down on waste and energy usage for a more sustainable future!
Your other concern may be that the tree would not withhold your structure for long, but this is all down to the initial foundations and planning stages. If executed correctly, then they can last forever! It is important to ensure that you find a suitable cluster of trees to hold your structure, and you may want to get in an expert to check out your trees and location before going ahead. Check out our feature on what kind of tree makes a good treehouse here. But as long as you follow precautions, you’ll never need to worry about the stability of the treehouse once it is built!
It is important to remember that living in a treehouse could change your life, but only for the better. You won’t be missing out on anything that you would have wanted in a ‘traditional’ house, as the possibilities are endless in your treehouse and the bespoke element means that you can ensure that you have all you need!
How can I live in a treehouse?
If you want to live in a treehouse yourself, then an idea for your first step is to take a trip on one of our treehouse holidays, which will give you a little insight into how life might be like! This visit may also give you inspiration on how you would like your own treehouse to be before you start planning. Then you can really get started:
- First, you need to find a suitable location for your treehouse. This may require you to invest in land, or to make a deal with a landowner who will allow you to build your structure. Be aware that you may have to apply for planning permission, so do your research early on!
- Next, it is time to start planning your build. There are many different ways to go about this. If you are a confident builder yourself, then you may have a team ready to take on the task, or you may have to contract the work out, there are many companies that will build a treehouse for you. If you’re building this treehouse as a home, it is paramount that the structure is built to last, so getting in the experts is certainly recommended.
- Work with the team that are helping you with the build to come up with innovative ideas, and make sure that your plans are flexible as it can often take longer than you might have first planned for. Decide on the main features, sizes and rooms that your treehouse will have in the initial stages. Will you have running water and flushing toilets? Or are you opting for a complete eco-home? Make sure that you do your research, as the more thorough this is, the better chance you have of success.
- Source your materials and get building! You may want to build your structure from reclaimed materials for an eco-friendly twist, so get in contact with local people to see what you can salvage and recycle! Once all of the plans have been finalised, you can really begin your project and start to see your dream coming to life! Soon you will be moving in your furniture and finalising the finishing touches ready for you to move in!
For a more detailed plan, take a look at our guide to building a treehouse.
If the planning and building aren’t for you, then you may want to look into buying a ready-made structure. These are often few and far between, as they are so unique and rare that people often want to hold onto them. You may be lucky and find a hidden gem, however, so it is worth having a look. The prices can vary dramatically, depending on the features of the houses, although, often they come at a fraction of the price of a new-build city home!