Hideaway Woods Treehouse Village

The Treehouse Project at the Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC involved a great team of designers and contractors and museum staff over a period of about 2 years. The team effort paid off as the 8 treehouses, 9 tree bridges, and various slides, walkways, nets, perches, lookouts, and other creative features make it one of the most amazing treehouse exhibits in the country. Museum attendance has set new records and the museum decided to phase in the marketing and promotion of the project so that everybody didn’t come all at once, which, I think you’ll agree, is a good problem to have.

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Commercial Treehouse Design Process:

When the museum was still in the early planning stages, we were invited down to assess the feasibility of building in the stand of Loblolly Pine and to discuss initial conceptual plans. The museum hired a conceptual design firm in their network to create a 3D scale model, which we stuck fairly close to during the whole process. We did make the multi-angled walls of the treehouses angular instead of curved, for labor cost reduction. Any carpenter will tell you that rounded shapes take longer to build. But the look and feel is quite similar to the original. Once the concept was completed, we entered the engineering, or structural design phase. After that, the custom tree attachment bolts and hardware were produced and installed, tested, and plans were made to complete the construction after the trees had one full growing season to recover from the bolt installation.

Construction Team for the Hideaway Woods Treehouse Project:

Tree Top Builders made several trips to the site to build and provide construction management to the project. Several contractors from North Carolina contributed to the wall and siding carpentry, as well as some of the finishing details like the slide and stairs. Some exceptionally talented museum staff and local contractors helped with the details and customization toward the end of the project, including the railing fill and ground-supported accessible gangway. We are able to provide complete, turn key service, but are also willing to work with clients who have labor resources available in their local markets.

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 $450,000 and $750,000. Please feel free to contact us to discuss whether your project would fall on the high end or low end of this range.