Colorado TreehouseRustic Exterior, Denver
This family treehouse can be used year round for a variety of activities. The upper deck, with stunning views, is perfect for summer picnics, while the side deck is more suited for a quiet spot to read or relax. The interior has a couch for napping, a desk for writing and working, a kitchenette and small dining area. The initial inspiration for the room was a cozy spot for hosting lunch and dinner parties... in a unique & rustic setting.
Photo by David Patterson Photography
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6. Get creative. Don’t confine your design to four walls, a roof and a floor. Let the tree and your imagination guide you to a unique structure. “Last year, I designed a treehouse that was based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous architecture style,” Nelson says. “I also recently built a treehouse that was completely framed out with glass windows. I’m now working on a new treehouse that will be a spa in the sky. I’m creating the new Dove Men+Care Elements Treehouse, which is inspired by the freshness of nature. We’re building this really cool shower that will allow you to bathe among the stars.”
My first childhood experience with a treehouse failed miserably. Or, I should say, my father’s attempt to build my siblings and me a treehouse was an embarrassing failure. (Sorry, Dad. I know you tried). His intentions were sound: Use a hexagonal-shaped wooden hot-tub cover as a base to put on top of our old swing-set posts and build up from that with walls of leftover fence boards, then fashion a roof and voilà, we would have our very own fort in the trees.He got the wooden hot-tub cover pieces fastened together and somehow got that on top of the swing-set beams. We had a floor! But our majestic dreams quickly vanished as my dad got pulled into other projects. All we had in the backyard was a wooden platform with no walls 10 feet off the ground. Not exactly the Swiss Family Robinson experience I had in mind. But because of this, or despite of it, I’ve always been fascinated by exotic, well-built treehouses. I’m amazed at what contemporary architects are doing with the concept: building fully functional houses with modern materials right up in the trees, oftentimes without harming the trees at all. With that in mind, here are a few treehouses and forts that keep the childlike wonderment alive.Architect Missy Brown designed the stunning treehouse seen here for a couple who owns several hundred acres of land in Vail, Colorado. Inside is a desk, a sofa and even a portable cooktop. See more of this treehouse