Tree Houses for Adults

The other day I stumbled across an article about Blue Forest. When I was young I always wanted to have a tree house and now it seems there are tree houses for adults too! Gone are the days when only kids can have fun hanging around in trees – if only I had a tree big enough!

One of the magical Blue Forest tree house designs

One of the magical Blue Forest tree house designs

With rising house prices in the UK and the need for more sustainable ways of living, increasing numbers of people are looking for alternatives to traditional forms of housing.
Tree House for Adults
If you thought tree houses were just for kids, then think again. Sussex based company BlueForest Ltd have established a reputation as one of the world’s leading luxury tree house and eco-lodge design and construction companies. Specialising in tree houses with all the mod cons that you may have only dreamed possible when you were younger, Blue Forest have really turned a fantasy into reality.
Blue Forest Adult Tree House
Blue Forest’s managing director Andy Payne says, “We are often told that we must have the perfect job, building tree houses for a living! Well, it’s absolutely true! It doesn’t get much better than being outdoors, up a tree in some of the most beautiful parts of the world, creating the most exclusive tree houses around.” Having just completed their first £100K+ tree house Andy confesses “The bread and butter of the company is providing big toys for those lucky enough to afford them.”

Where did the idea for adult Tree House start?

Andy was born and brought up in Kenya where his love affair for tree houses began. One of his first projects was helping a friend who runs a conservation NGO called ASSETS in the design and construction of eco-tourism attractions. Work included a tree platform in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and a 200m suspended walkway through the mangroves at nearby Mida Creek. These attractions help raise money to support the work of ASSETS, and were sponsored by the UNDP.
Inside Blue Forest Adult Tree House
After working in Kenya, Andy moved to Japan where he gained several years experience in the construction of timber frame buildings. However, it was when he built tree houses in Japan that he really carved out a vocation. “As soon as people saw a tree house I had built they would want one of their own” recalls Andy.

How are the Blue Forest tree houses constructed?

Each Tree House is individually crafted and finished to the highest standard by a team of BlueForest craftsmen (the average tree house takes about 3 weeks to build). Simon Payne, who works with his brother Andy in their Blue Forest tree house office, explains about the building process. “The size of the tree available is not a limiting factor, as we often build on stilts to support the weight of the structure, whilst still incorporating smaller trees into the design. As each Blue Forest tree house is unique, we do not have a set price list. Prices generally start from around £12,000 inclusive of VAT and the sky is the limit.”
With regard to the future Simon explains that BlueForest has only just started to realise the huge potential that exists in the tree house market. “We are approached on a daily basis by people all over the world interested in creating something out of the ordinary, and in particular something environmentally friendly.” Not wanting to be left out of the action, Blue Forest have plans to create a chain of their own luxury 5 star Tree House Lodges to be built and operated to provide a sustainable source of income for the communities in which they are situated, the first two lodges are to be built in Sri Lanka shortly.
So if you thought tree houses were just for kids, then think again – Blue Forest have designed and produced these amazing trees house for adults too, now we just need a big enough garden!

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  • Reply
    Shaun Petty
    3rd April 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I have seen a number of tree houses and assault course installations in trees. Every one I have seen has involved direct damage to the tree where the kit is attached.
    The usual culprets are large nails, staples or bolts in the tree, and cables strangling the trunk or branches. I have also seen some imaginative methods of attachment without damage. Less obvious problems can be created by changing where the rain water reaches the ground, either killing roots by drying out or by drowning them.
    Anyone considering building a tree house might consider having their plans checked over by a qualified tree surgeon, tree consultant, or local authority tree officer.

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    Simon Payne
    10th April 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you very much for your comments. I do not disagree that in many instances structures built around trees can have a negative impact on the health of the host trees and surrounding habitat. I would however like to point out that the majority of these structure are built by under skilled people who may not have an in depth grasp of the issues involved.
    I would like to assure you and the readers that all Blue Forest tree houses are built by skilled craftsmen using (time tested) techniques that have a negligible / minimal impact upon the host trees. Our team of full time employees includes a fully qualified arborist (tree surgeon), civil engineer, architect and time served joiners.
    As a company our reputation and future depends on the continued health and well-being of the host trees and we take every precaution to ensure there are no problems. Indeed, we recommend to all our clients in there Terms and Conditions that they have regular maintenance checks every two to three years so that we can continue to monitor the structures as the trees grow.
    Many of the tree houses we have built require full planning consent. As a part of this process the site and plans are assessed by an independent arborist as well as the local authority tree officer. We are occasionally asked to build in trees with Preservation Orders and have developed a technique for doing this which requires no direct fixing to the tree and minimal disturbance to the root zone and surrounding ground/drainage, etc.
    Kind Regards
    Simon Payne
    Director Blue Forest Ltd

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    Miranda de Freston
    2nd September 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Got this message today from Matthew….re tree houses for adults
    A nice article, thank you.
    Although green roofs have been used periodically in the UK for quite some time, it would be nice to see them used more, especially as part of large development sites.
    Of course they may be on the increase as part of the eco home targets that are set by the government.

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    Darrell Dawson
    25th March 2009 at 3:19 pm

    My name is darrell and i am into building tree houses. i am in the middle of one right now and so far so good. if you ever need another hand building tree houses please count me in. i see the future that tree houses have and how much they are growing even in the smallest community’s, and i want to be apart of the action really bad. so if you guys need more people on board i would love to be a part of your team. my email is dawsondarrell@live.com. please let me know if it is a possibility or not please and thank you.

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    Annalise Hawthorne
    16th May 2009 at 12:32 pm

    hi darrell my name is anna i am 13 and me and my dad are thinking of building a tree house in my back yard in two giant pine trees its going to be fun!!
    From Annalise hawthorne

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