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TreehouseTopia: Tiny Hexagon Cabin Up In The Trees


As always, treehouses — and homes with unusual shapes — hold a special place in my heart. This TreehouseTopia Airbnb is the best of both worlds, suspending a two-story Yurt-like structure amid the trees of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The levels aren’t divided by a typical flooring, however. Instead a taught cargo net acts as a an extra lounge space around the bed! There’s also a kitchenette and wrap-around deck with a charcoal grill for you to enjoy.

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The Barkhouse Suspended in a Live White Pine

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The kitchen is to your right when you walk in.

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The cargo netting makes a see-through floor.

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Alternating steps to the loft.

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The tree has been encased in wood.

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I love the stonework around the bedroom.

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That looks like a comfy spot to lounge!

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Skylight view!

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Yes, there’s a lovely 3/4 bathroom inside the tree house.

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Nice outdoor lighting around the porch.

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This bench has a gorgeous view!

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What a spot to stay!

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Highlights:

  • The Barkhouse
  • Live White Pine growing through the center of the treehouse
  • Stargazing through the skylight.
  • Kitchen area with a microwave, refrigerator/freezer combo, toaster oven, single electric burner, and coffee maker
  • Charcoal grilling outdoors on your private deck
  • Fire pit shared with the other treehouse located on the property
  • Rest on yoga mats in the suspended cargo net area.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • jerry dycus
    April 2, 2022, 6:17 am

    While this is way cool, it is illegal as hell in most places.
    One way around the building code is make it a swing. A rather large swing that is stabilized by lines usually but still legally a swing hung between 2 trees or a large single tree.

    • James D.
      April 2, 2022, 11:19 am

      Well, rules actually vary around the country for tree houses and while they can be easily illegal but for the most part they’re just mainly difficult to do as in many places, the local, county, state, and federal governments can have very strict construction standards, zoning, or building codes that tree houses wouldn’t be exempt from and that can be difficult for a non-traditional structure…

      However, finding an architect and structural engineer willing to sign off on blueprints, and getting them past plan and review at the building department would get it past most hurdles. Leaving just making sure it meets all local requirements and would then only be illegal if it did not follow all the rules and steps required to make it a legal structure.

      It’s just that not everyone follows all the rules and steps required because they may not realize they need to do so, as there can still be the perception that they can just do what they want on their own property or otherwise don’t see it as something that needs to be treated like traditional houses, which is what causes most to get into trouble legally.

      Though, HOA’s, neighbors, etc. may also impose things like height restrictions, obstructed view complaints, etc. that may limit design options or prohibit a tree house on a specific property or location but like most things it gets easier the more rural the area and harder the more urban…

      While smaller structures, like a kids play house that’s not intended to be lived in, may be exempt from most rules. Similar to sheds and small structures that don’t require permits, etc. but depends on state and specific location on the specifics of what’s allowed and how that gets treated under the local rules. Though, generally, under 100 Sq Ft and less than 25 feet from the ground…

  • Brenda
    April 3, 2022, 7:58 pm

    I’d like to see a video of someone walking on that cargo netting. I saw it used as a walkway between two lofts. Does it sag with each step or is it as stiff as a floor? How does one know how much weight it can safely carry? I would expect it requires more frequent safety checks than a wooden floor. A nice idea, but a good one?

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