A Quaint Little Tree House in A Grove of Ponderosa Pines

Imagine a treehouse that you could live in full time or use as a vacation home to spend quality time with family and friends; these are the sort of treehouses that you will find from Nelson Treehouse. This off-grid property is a fascinating livable structure that is a natural fit with the nature-loving, imaginative, and playful spirit of the place. All of the electricity for the treehouse cabin building comes from solar panels that are installed on the property. The treehouse is about 13 feet off the ground in a grove of ponderosa pine trees. The builders wanted a treehouse that was in tune with the wind-swept, sun-bleached aesthetic of the Eastern Washington location. They used a rusted steel roof, reused and reclaimed wood siding called leather wood which has a dark, textured patina that helps to achieve the effect.

Whenever possible, these treehouse builders try and integrate reclaimed building materials into treehouses to give them a sense of character and history. The treehouse cabin building has a long dream net catwalk and hangout space off to the side of the main cabin building structure. Dream nets are perfect for the treehouse design as they are woven specially to fit in the unique layout of the trees. These dream nets also make for a playful, yet relaxing, hangout area.

The treehouse cabin building has a sprawling deck that provides sweeping views of the surrounding forest. The treehouses have classic hog wire railing panels that keep the deck safe and secure without blocking the surrounding view. Inside, the treehouse is a bed, a seating area, kitchenette, dining table, cast-iron gas stove, and loft. The gas stove in the cabin building is the Northfield Lopi model by Travis Industries, a compact size that is perfect for the small, 200-square-foot treehouse. The built-in bed in this cozy treehouse is such a cozy spot. The walls inside the treehouse cabin building were left with open framing for a budget-friendly option that can be finished with panelling at a later date. A kitchenette is tucked into the corner of the room. This iron ladder was cut from a towering ladder that once lived above The Burl at TreeHouse Point - segments of this same mother ladder have gone into several of our other treehouses around the country. The ladder leads to an airy loft, with another comfy seating area.

The treehouse has several windows that help to bring lots of natural light into the treehouse space and help the interior seem open and spacious. The flooring in the treehouse is made of reclaimed Douglas Fir. The treehouse contains a bathroom with a compostable toilet. The decking and the railing are made of reclaimed Douglas Fir. The dry climate of Eastern Washington allowed for the crew to integrate plenty of Douglas fir into the structure without having to worry that it would rot. Custom details in the treehouse cabin building such as cutouts on the rafter tails help to add visual interest to spots that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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