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Trillium Treehouse at Treehouse Point

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This is the Trillium Treehouse at Treehouse Point.

Outside, you’ll notice a spiral staircase that encases the large tree trunk and takes you up to the tiny, rectangular tree cabin. When you go inside, you’ll find a bright and airy abode with a living area, desk, and a sleeping loft along with wonderful views of the surrounding forest.

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Trillium Treehouse at Treehouse Point

Trillium Treehouse at Treehouse Point

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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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  • David
    March 9, 2016, 1:25 pm

    Very interesting treehouse. I would feel better if the two outer posts went straight to the ground instead of the tree trunk. I wonder from an engineering point of view if it is good to have the weight of the structure all on one side of the tree?

    • Carlina
      March 9, 2016, 3:51 pm

      David, this is a Pete Nelson tree house. He knows what he is doing, he’s the Treehouse Master!

      • Beth
        March 13, 2016, 6:23 pm

        I love tree house masters & tiny house hunters or tiny house, big living. Its a childhood dream come true to live in a tree house or tiny house

    • Cheryl
      March 9, 2016, 8:05 pm

      It looks like the supports may connect to the ground.

  • CindyN
    March 9, 2016, 1:33 pm

    I love this!

  • Platon
    March 9, 2016, 1:46 pm

    This is a real beautiful tree house
    Bravo !!!
    Enjoy !!!

  • March 9, 2016, 4:47 pm

    I wonder if the trees feel and experience any emotional or physical pain from treehouses being nailed into them. Can anyone answer
    A psychic friend told me years ago she can talk to the trees and hears them SCREAM when they are cut down. Few humans have this sensitivity, to the vast majority of us they are mere objects. She said talk to a tree at least a week before one will be cut down; hug it and tell it what to expect so it can release its’ energy (how horrible to think about). Nature does have feelings.
    namaste’, rachel

    • Cheryl
      March 9, 2016, 8:01 pm

      I believe that trees do feel but that’s just my own personal feeling. I have just ordered ‘The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben, a forest ranger in Hummel, Germany. He writes that “trees are social beings, they can count, learn and remember, nurse sick neighbors, warn of danger, and keep ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.” The book has become a best seller and translated into 19 languages. Sounds like it’s worth a read.

  • Gabrielle Charest
    March 9, 2016, 6:27 pm

    Pete Nelson’s creations are breathtaking!

  • jake
    March 9, 2016, 6:50 pm

    Stunning! … in a good way.

  • Rue
    March 9, 2016, 7:37 pm

    I’m still waiting for the crossover episode of Treehouse Masters and Tiny House Nation where a client asks Pete Nelson to build a fully livable tiny house in a tree. 😀

  • Kate
    March 9, 2016, 9:42 pm

    I’ve grown to know & love the Pete Nelson builds. What I can’t figure out is…how do the windows get washed, especially the outside. But then if one can afford ‘the master’ then one can afford a pro window washer once a year. 😉

  • kristinà nadreau
    March 9, 2016, 10:34 pm

    I do not know if trees are sentient. I wonder if afixing hoouses to them is good for the tree or if it causes harm. I have always thought it made more sense to have the “tree house” on piers close to the tree without being afixed to the tree. What is the point or the virtue to afixing a structure to a tree? Not a fan.

    • Billy
      March 9, 2016, 10:55 pm

      I’m big on building structures that are well insulated and super energy efficient, but this is beautiful and has got me thinking about the small, window covered tower I wanted to build that would serve for reading and watching the weather & seasons change. I think I’ll draw up some plans and start collecting old windows. 🙂

      As for trees being sentient, or at least having some awareness of what’s happening to them, yeah, it could be possible. When I prune a tree I wonder this, if the tree is happy it will be growing better and healthier, or if it would rather just be left alone. I also don’t do any grafting or buy grafted trees, I don’t feel it’s necessary or worth the effort, and I also wonder if someday it will be discovered trees do think and feel, and grafting is akin to having your legs chopped off and somebody else’s sewn back on.

      • colin
        April 30, 2016, 9:17 pm

        I’m in the process of building a small house in amongst a group of trees but they are too small in my area to support a large enough structure such as this to sit in and enjoy the surrounds. i was going to build three levels on my tiny house but stopped at two but have the floor trusses up there in the roof. i am now thinking like you of a little window clad tower to sit in and enjoy and i could have it perched on one of the corners of my roof.

    • Alex Bub
      March 10, 2016, 11:34 am

      I always thought that having a tree house on more substantial piers would be beneficial if you want your kids to inherit a tree house that would be there for many years. I have had sturdy trees blow down or lose limbs in my backyard and that could be disastrous if that tree/limb was a major support for a good size and expensive tree house.

  • Angel
    March 9, 2016, 11:13 pm

    Heavy conversation on this one. I thought I was the crazy one to think trees have emotions and feel. Pete Nelson always says the trees call to him about where he should put the tree houses. Instead of them saying “Build here” they may be saying “Please not me!”. I think the posts are better but then they are seeing relatives that have left the living. Where does it end? Tiny houses do conserve lumber in a mighty way and that’s how I feel we have to start doing so our future children will have trees at all.

  • David
    March 10, 2016, 11:10 am

    Pete is a pioneer in the treehouse business and, just like other tiny houses, has had his battles with local regulations and permits. His Treehouse Point would never have been built if he waited for engineering and permits. He preferred to ask forgiveness rather than permission. Of all his designs, this Hamma Hamma, with knee braces looks off-balance to me. https://store.beinatree.com/products/no-10-hamma-hamma I know using two posts rather than knee braces is counter to being a true tree house, but would guarantee a longer life. Just like trees, all treehouses are transient. For myself, I can’t afford $200K for a house that may come down in a few years. I would need to do the engineering study. I am glad Pete is out there on the forefront and in 20 years we might know better how the trees and houses are faring.

  • March 10, 2016, 11:16 am

    Sorry, but regardless of the designer’s / engineer’s credentials, I think this one is under engineered and a bit unsafe. It is a magnificent artwork, but I wouldn’t live in there

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    March 10, 2016, 9:24 pm

    Interesting conversations. Thank you to all who posted their thoughts and to Alex and Natalie for including this structure, which prompted the praise and queries.

  • Tari
    April 2, 2016, 6:45 pm

    I live in Washington State, in Vancouver, and stereotypical to my State and the whole Seattle/Portland vibe, we do love trees and nature. Not that I’m an expert on trees in the Pacific Northwest or anywhere else in the world but folks… these trees are massive and strong. Some I think would hardly even notice, like a fly on an elephant. If you live in a stick built home you’re already supported by the strength of trees.
    As to Pete, I do watch the show (when I can) and he demonstrates in every episode just how extremely cognizant of the health of the tree and the appropriate engineering for the safety of the people who all seem to become his friends.
    In our society “bad building” equals huge financial consequences! I’m sure, the amount of liability and bad press involved in an ‘accident’ (heaven forbid actual negligence) means that Pete and the Network airing his show have done EVERYTHING possible to guarantee no problems… meaning no future negative headlines & lawsuits.
    Pete regularly returns to projects that were completed 20, 30 and ever 40 years ago for repair &/or a tune-up. He also comments on each program the age of the tree and how long he’d expect the tree to be able to support the tree house. Frequently he rejects the tree the homeowner chose and finds another because their choice couldn’t support the build or the tree’d be harmed.
    My opinion as to the general awareness of trees, well, I kinda think they like the attention. My dog hates to be groomed but AFTER he’s proud and struts around like a peacock. I gently prune my fruit trees and think they (like my dog) sense the benifits.
    I think ultimately if we respect and treat our environment (and each other) kindly, without malicious intent there’s an acceptance of the necessary. If I were a tree and someone chose me as their home, to live in and be proud of… well, I think I’d be pretty happy.
    FYI… Pete did build a complete tiny house tree house for a woman on the Oregon Coast (I think last season) which can probably be found on-line. It was efficient, well planned and beautiful. As to Pete avoiding permits etc I do know on at least one show he mentioned a “permit & inspection delay”. Besides folks, wasn’t avoiding permits and a lot of government intervention & control over how we used our own land part of the whole tiny house movement?
    This place is beautiful but I too have a few too many miles (and battle scars) to do much climbing. Still a beautiful place!

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