Tucked away among a grove of ponderosa pines in Okanogan County, this dreamy treetop hideaway marries imagination and design. The builders at Nelson Treehouse created this space for a former collaborator, whose eclectic property boasts other fun structures, including a teepee and geodesic dome.
The builders wanted to make a space that looked natural and used as many repurposed materials as possible. The rusted steel roof is reused and all the wood siding is reclaimed. Electricity comes from the property’s solar panels.
The home’s exterior is just as important as what’s inside. Leading away from the house is a netted catwalk that ends in a cozy hangout corner, with a built-in hammock chair. The catwalk is protected by dream netting, a strong but pliable material that has a little bit of bounce for extra comfort and fun.
The decking and railing are made from reclaimed Douglas fir –- the area’s dry climate means rot isn’t an issue. On the railing, hog wire panels create a safe barrier that doesn’t obstruct views of the surrounding mountains and forest.
Inside the 200-square-foot house is everything the owners need for an afternoon or weekend away. Practical features include a composting toilet and a cast-iron gas stove from Travis Industries. The stove is extra-small, creating enough heat for the house without taking up too much space.
The built-in bed is tucked into a nook with windows on all sides to maximize the incredible views. Privacy curtains create an even cozier feeling. If you look closely at the Douglas fir posts, you’ll notice an intricate, hand-carved rope design.
The house is complete with a kitchenette that features a gas stovetop, water vessel, and enough dishware to serve a table of three. The airy-but-cozy quality continues into the upstairs loft, which offers a private place to read, nap, or enjoy a cup of tea.
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