Treehouse #R1 – Amazing Getaway on Florida Ranch
This was one of our favorite treehouse projects ever. We made the long drive from Pennsylvania down to Northern Florida, and stayed in guest housing on our client’s ranch. In about 2.5 weeks, we had remilled a bunch of cedar, cypress, and pine logs into siding, formed a walkway almost 100′ out above a valley of magnolia and turkey oak, and built a finished treehouse with electricity and rustic plumbing. We made custom leaf outlined windows, used scrap pieces of logs for window sills, and basically just unleashed our creativity to make a functional and beautiful retreat for a hard working couple as an anniversary surprise. Well, the surprise didn’t last that long – it’s hard to keep a project like this a secret.
Electricity & Plumbing:
The water source started out as a rain barrel, but then the decision was made to supply water through a trench aimed at the start of the ramp so that water supply could run under the ramp to feed the treehouse. Likewise, a solar electric panel was added at the edge of the field. Trenches are harmful to tree roots, so it is usually best to run utility connections along ramps and/or stairs which limits the impact.
Dead Logging for Treehouse Materials
The siding, window sills, and some other trim was salvaged from old logs that sunk in a river near the client’s property. He is a hobbyist dead logger, and had these available and a small saw mill. The guy down the road had a big planer. And so, we were in business making custom lumber for a treehouse. A woodworkers heaven.
Most dead logging has a target of tree trunks that are felled and rolled into the river systems for easier transport to cities. Sometimes the logs sink and are lost. Water can preserve these logs for hundreds of years and due to it being old growth, it’s value has shot up in recent years.
How Much Does this Tree House Cost?
While treehouse costs vary greatly and each project is unique, we understand your need to have some idea what each project in our portfolio would cost to build. Please see our tree house pricing page for a description of the factors that go into each quote. This tree house as shown would cost between $75,000 and $125,000. Please feel free to contact us to discuss whether your project would fall on the high end or low end of this range.