Archive for August, 2010

August 31, 2010

Eco-Friendly Reclaimed Wood: The Way to Go

Keystone's Vintage Lumber

My aim in creating the Treehouser blog was to be informative not only about treehouses and related news but to be informative about eco-friendly ways to build. While treehouses have been the focus of this effort the core of what treehouser is all about is the future. How are we as a society going to come to grips with dwindling resources, pollution, deforestation and the corporate ravaging of our planet. One by one it is up to each individual to step up and do something to contribute to saving this planet for our children, grandchildren and beyond. With that in mind here is the first in a series of articles about what is possible and how each one of you can contribute. You may not be building a treehouse or a renovation or a house soon but it is good to know the possibilities. Pass along the information to somone who may be involved in a project or thinking about one and be part of the successful reclamation of this wonderful planet we live on.

Reclaimed timber


• Hand hewn timbers from early American forests can be much larger and longer than timbers available today.

• American chestnut, a wood valued for its beautiful finish and resistance to rot, is now only available as a salvaged material.

• Salvage wood can be from 125 to over 250 years old.

• Some artifacts pre-date the American Revolution.


The Green Treehouse by Roderick Romero

There are quite a few companies out there selling reclaimed and antique wood to use in the building process. One such company is Keystone Vintage Lumber located in Pennsylvania. The company is a very typical family businesses in the Lebanon Valley. Cousins Sheldon Martin and Eldon Dieffenbach share a passion for craftsmanship and quality materials and have worked together for years in various ventures. They recognized the demand for superior construction options and the desire of so many people to embrace environmentally conscious building practices. Keystone Vintage Lumber was started to help people make the best of their world. Others include Elmwood, Heritage Barns and Longleaf Lumber. It’s easy to access a reclaimed lumber company is your area by looking them up on the internet.

August 30, 2010

O2 Sustainable Treehouse

For an artistic soul, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing your creative urges realized in a physical construction. Treehouses can provide one of the most satisfying possible outlets for the urge to express yourself.

The 02 Sustainability Treehouse design turns the conventional treehouse on its ear. The archetypical square wooden structure is replaced with an eco-friendly geodesic dome structure that requires has minimal impact on the trees in which it is placed. The structures are hung from cables rather than bolted to trees.


Treehouse views

The most intriguing aspect of the 02 Treehouse is its ability to adapt to large-scale designs and a wide variety of sites. With the integration of grey water systems and solar and wind energy systems, the O2 Treehouse becomes an economical alternative to summer camps, traditional adventure travel destinations, and upscale eco resorts.

More Views

Only local materials were used in construction. Treehouses can be used to observe nature, hold group meetings, and conduct team-building exercises.

August 28, 2010

Lucky Cool


August 27, 2010

Costa Rica’s Treehouse Hotel


TreeHouse Hotel in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Treehouse Hotel
The Tree House is located in Punta Uva, within the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, in the province of Limón, Costa Rica. All the rooms are situated among swaying branches.Guests sleep and stay in a lodging that is not only a treehouse but also a fully equipped wild-life observatory.


Treehouse Baño

Kayaks are available for rent on the beach in front of the Ranchito restaurant. So, if you are looking for the shiny fresh greenness of tropical jungle and the smooth curves of the beaches under the deep blue sky, then this might be your paradise. The Treehouses are hidden between tropical plants. The extended gardens are the favored place for many exotic birds. In the morning, you shouldn’t be surprised if you look out of your window and you see the howler monkeys around your house. They wake up early and they won’t hesitate to let you know they are awake.

August 26, 2010

The Woodpecker Hotel


The Woodpecker Hotel

Planning a trip soon? Want to get lost, relax, have great view. Here’s the place. The Woodpecker Hotel is a tiny tree house hotel room in a park in Sweden. It’s 13 meters up a tree, yep over 40 feet in the air. You get to it by climbing up a wobbly rope ladder.

The porch

The tree is a 130 year old oak in the central park of Västerås which is near Stockholm, Sweden. I suggest you climb up sober. Luckily there is a small toilet up there so you won’t need to repel down in the middle of the night to use the potty. There’s also some simple IKEA furnishings and small library in case you get tired of the view and would rather pick up a good book. The photos were found on flickr taken by Annie. This article was originally posted by Michel Janzen at Tiny House design.

August 26, 2010

Trees Gobble Up Cars and Motorcycles

For those of you who have never seen these pictures they are worth looking at and for those that have they are worth looking at again!


Tree Eats Car

Plants, Trees and the like are powerful. They move slowly but they’re strength cannot be questioned. So whether you’re climbing in a tree, building in one or planting one respect the power.

Tree Eats Bike

August 26, 2010

Money Grows In This Treehouse


The Lane Treehouse

This story really resonates with me and I wish I had read it 15 years ago so I could’ve done the same with my children. But its not just about teaching the kids something its about what you can do on limited funds to start making some cash. Look it hasn’t hurt Michael Garnier of Out ‘N About Treesort. He’s made good living from his passion of building treehouses. But that’s another story.

Mike Lane wanted his daughters to learn the value of a buck, so they built a treehouse in his backyard and the girls became landlords. Here’s the story reported by Josh Rogisin of Money Marketplace.

JOSH ROGOSIN: Every summer, Abbie Longero heads up to California’s Kern River Valley to work as a river guide. She’s done this since 2001, and never worried much about money. But she turned 27 this year, and she’s started to pay a bit more attention to her spending.

ABBIE LONGERO: So I probably have about $4,500 in credit card debt, and at the end of the summer, I can probably put around $2,500-$3,000 down on my credit card.

Sticking to a tight budget isn’t easy when the going rate for a place to stay in the Valley is about $300 a month. But Abbie shopped around until she found a place for just a hundred bucks — with an unusual landlord… or landladies.

""" Lon Levin"

Abbie working in her treetop hideaway

MEGAN LANE: My name is Megan Lane and I am 10 years old.

EMMA LANE: Hi, my name is Emma Lane. I am 12 years old and I’m going into the seventh grade.

Renting a place from a pair of pre-teens may sound odd, but it gets odder still: Megan and Emma Lane’s house is located in their backyard, 10 feet off the ground in a tree.

EMMA: There are three oak trees growing through our tree house. Oh four oak trees.

MEGAN: There’s a sliding glass door and a veranda with the railing.

The tree house is 106 square feet, with a bed and a desk. There’s electricity, but no running water: Abby uses the bathroom and shower in the Lane household, a few steps away.

The girls didn’t come up with the idea to rent the tree house themselves. Their father, Mike Lane, is a middle school teacher, and he knows, first hand, that educating students about money is not a priority in most American classrooms.

MIKE LANE: Certainly up to the middle school, there’s very little done to teach kids the value of money and how to spend it.

Mike thought renting out the tree house could provide lessons in personal finance to his daughters. Lesson number one? Find the right tenant, someone you can get along with, and who you can trust.

EMMA: We probably pretty much have to know to even think about letting them stay in the tree house, because some people say that they’re one way and they’re really not. And we want somebody who’s friendly.

MEGAN: And a person that pays the rent on time.

Lesson number two: get the place ready to rent.

EMMA: Before she came, we swept it all up.

MEGAN: I mostly did the carrying down and she did more of the cleaning.

Lesson number three: How to manage the money you make. The Lane girls split the $100 a month they charge for rent and are surprising their dad with their fiscal discipline.

MIKE: They will spend about 20 percent and then save percent of it, which is probably more than I would have done. So Emma, last month your received $50 for rent and then you had $10 to spend. What did you spend that money on?

EMMA: I spent it on a little pouch for my friend.

MEGAN: I bought a thing that does your toothpaste that you just lift off the hand and toothpaste splurts out for my friend Taylor.

But don’t let all that generosity fool you. The $40 they each put in savings are for big-ticket items for themselves. Emma’s already reached her next savings goal.

MIKE: So what are you saving for right now? What’s the big thing you’re saving for?

EMMA: An iPod Touch.

But dad has some ground rules she must follow before she can start to spend.
EMMA: If I have the exact amount of money, they want me to have $50 or $100 more so I don’t just drain my back account.

ROGOSIN: So you don’t have any credit cards?


Emma and Mike laugh

Mike admits to having had a somewhat casual relationship with money. And he doesn’t want his daughters growing up the same way.

MIKE: I’ve always enjoyed money, but I personally have not really been tied to money. I wanted them to respect money a little bit more and understand that it just doesn’t grow on trees, you work hard for your money, you get money and then there are certain benefits that come from that.

ROGOSIN: Well, it kinda does grow on trees in this case.

MIKE: Yeah, right, in this case it does, it’s in the trees.

Abbie’s tenancy means the Lane girls can learn some valuable lessons about money, while enjoying their treehouse all year round. It’s a bit too hot for them in the summer, but for Abbie, it’s perfect.

LONGERO: I think the best thing about the treehouse is like when I say I live in a tree house, people look at me like I’m kinda nuts. But then I tell them that I have three skylights and a balcony and wifi and electricity. Pretty bomber.

August 25, 2010

Lawyer Builds Tree House Office

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Starting Contruction

If a lawyer has turned to building an office in the woods then you know we’re turning the corner on alternative lifestyles. And perhaps the smell and ambiance of the outdoors will seep into Richard Russeth’s brain and make his decision-making more humanistic than most of the lawyers I’m familiar with. It’s safe to say that Mr. Russeth is probably ahead of that curve anyway and I applaud him and wish him the joy and peace I’ve gotten from living in the mountains and trees.

Russeth, an avid collector of books about tree house architecture, is taking on his own endeavor: building a sophisticated tree-office nestled 20 feet high in a grove of 50- to 90-foot tall pine trees near his home in Evergreen, Colo. Russeth says tree house-building is in vogue, and that enthusiasts are constructing everything from single-room getaways to actual homes perched above ground.

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Measuring decking

“Most people think it’s a cool idea and are jealous, as they’d like to have an office in a tree too,” Russeth said in an interview. “But I don’t think they realize how substantial it is just to build the foundation.” Aided by family, the 54-year-old Russeth constructed the 12-by-19-foot wooden platform that will serve as the office’s base last week. Future plans include a small house to accommodate his desk and a couch with large windows overlooking the mountains. The office will also have Wi-Fi and wireless phone lines, and perhaps a quaint wood-burning stove so that Russeth can easily conduct business as the vice president and general counsel of Leprino Foods during the spring and summer months.

Follow Russeth’s construction project on Twitter @Richard Russeth.

August 24, 2010

Lay Back Treehouses


Treehouse built by Dan Wright

Standing on the porch of the Octagonal Treehouse I was able to see out through some woods to the Delaware River. It was a terrific site. The treehouse was built in a single Tulip Tree which was about sixty to seventy feet high. The treehouse was about fifteen feet off the ground. The treeehouse offered plenty of space to chillax, read or have a treetop gathering.

Katie's Treehouse built by Dan Wright

Katie’s Treehouse is a perfect kids retreat with a trap door and a rope ladder that you can monkey climb to the porch. Holes in the platform were provided for small young trees to grow through. The treehouse itself was built on posts. Katie and her little brother spends tons of time in this treetop playhouse. Oh and Katie’s sketched out the plans for the treehouse herself and she was no more than 10."

Matangi Tribe Treehouse

Fully functional living quarters for tribesmen. Some of these treehouses are built higher than forty feet in the air to keep its occupants safe from flooding, wild animals and other potential dangers. Just schimming up the ladder to the treehouse will get you high!

August 22, 2010

The Treehouser Granola-Plus Flax Treats


No-Bake Granola Flax Treats

1/4 cup (60ml) butter
4 cups (1l) miniature marshmallows
1 cup (250ml) rolled oats
1 cup (250ml) 8 crushed cinnamon graham crackers
1/2 cup (125ml) dried cranberries
1/2 cup (125ml) roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup (125ml) ground flax seed

Step 1 Melt butter in a large suacepan over low heat. Add marshmallows; stir continuously until melted and mixture is smooth, about 4 minutes

Step 2 Stir in oats, graham crumbs, cranberries, sunflower seeds and flax seed until thoroughly mixed.

Step 3 With greased fingers (yes, greased fingers) press mixture into greased 8×8 inch (20×20 centimeter) glass baking dish.

Step 4 Cool completely. Cut 4 rows lengthwise and 3 crosswise for 12 pieces.

Serves 12 people or one to two very hunger people with the munchies.

Per Serving 190 calories

If you want to get creative add some of your own ingredients and then kick back and enjoy.