One of my favorite things about our current house is the “treehouse feel” we have in our second floor master. So I loved this recent post from the PrimeLending blog about cool treehouses. Enjoy!


No matter how old you are, sometimes it’s just nice to be able to have a place to escape to when you need a break. For kids, that place might be a fort made out of sofa cushions, and for adults, it might be a 5-star luxury resort. But for some, the perfect oasis comes in the form of a treehouse. Here are three particularly unique ones:

The Hemloft

hemloft_smallAfter a 26-year-old software developer gave up his career and became a carpenter, he took on the ultimate challenge of designing and building a treehouse just for fun. Tucked away in the middle of the woods in Whistler, Canada, the secret project took years for Joel Allen to complete. He worked on it off and on when he had the time, and he overcame challenges like finding an adequate spot to build his egg-shaped treehouse, gathering materials on a budget (thank goodness for Craigslist’s “Free” section) and even nearly running into a bear. For a while, Allen didn’t reveal the location of his creation – he was unsure of what would come of it, since it was technically built on government property. Visitors who wanted a peek had to find the treehouse on their own. Allen reportedly took the treehouse down in 2013 and passed it along to the owner of an outdoor adventures company in Whistler.

A Mini Victorian Abode

It’s only 100 square feet, but Steve and Jeri Wakefield’s treehouse in their Dallas backyard is the perfect play space for any kid with a big imagination. The Wakefields had it built for their grandchildren about 10 years ago, and it’s only grown from there. It was added to over time and is now complete with two decks, a slide, a rock climbing wall, a zip line and more. Inside, there’s a reading nook, two sleeping lofts and a play kitchen. The details in the house give it unique character – how many other treehouses have front doors built from an old organ? The air-conditioned treehouse even has a stained glass window and is decorated with antique knick knacks, like a vintage telephone. As of 2014, about $48,000 had been spent on the treehouse.

The Minister’s Treehouse

minister_smallInspired by his faith, landscape architect and ordained minister Horace Burgess began building his gigantic 10-floor, 97-foot treehouse in Crossville, TN in 1993. “I built it for everybody,” Burgess told a reporter for The Tennessean in a 2007 interview. “It’s God’s treehouse. He keeps watch over it. I was praying one day, and the Lord said, ‘If you build me a treehouse, I’ll see you never run out of material.’” The structure took $12,000 and 258,000 nails to build and included a sanctuary with pews and a basketball hoop. It reportedly attracted hundreds of visitors each day until it was shut down by the fire marshal in 2012.


Unlike renting, one of the joys of owning a home is having the freedom to get creative and add personal touches, whether in the form of a treehouse or just an accent wall. If you have a unique vision for your home, contact your PrimeLending loan officer to learn more about your financing options for buying or renovating.


From the PrimeLending blog by Sarah Crandall