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Old 26th August 2010, 15:08   #1
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Default Design and implementation of a Tree House

For our place in Coorg, I want to add a tree house in a wooded part of the property - especially since the views from there are quite something.

Ideally, want to do a suspended structure, not on stilts. One thought was creating a platform on a frame suspended using cables. Does anyone have pointers on this, or know someone who might be able to help design this ? There are 2-3 trees that can be used for the purpose, with approximately 20-30 feet between them. I should have shots of the same by next week.
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Old 26th August 2010, 18:29   #2
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I think there is a contractor in Gudalur who specialises in making tree houses? I stayed in a tree house setup in the middle of a farm in that area and was told the tree house was built by this reputed contractor.
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@cougar Thanks! Any contact details? Pics of other structures you might've liked would be useful as well.
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I'm not sure if you've already done that, but Google's the way to start.

Building a treehouse - Google Search

Sure sounds exciting. Is it gonna be a DIY or professional work ?
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@anku94 Probably professional (since its for guests and I don't trust my DIY skills that mich ), but may have to get seriously involved in design and specs.

Most links seem to point to kids' playhouses, or those on stilts. Am looking at a livable area of about 150-200sqft, a bathroom and a sitout up there.
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Most links seem to point to kids' playhouses, or those on stilts. Am looking at a livable area of about 150-200sqft, a bathroom and a sitout up there.
Hi Zenx,

i had subscribed to your thread immediately after you posted it.

I have been smitten by a tree house since my childhood, i stayed for a first time in a tree house was in 2004 in Vengurla in Coastal Maharastra

It was made up of Bamboo and was built on a large mango tree as support. but stairs etc were made up of tree trunk finshed wood. The walls were made up of Bamboo sticks stacked one over the other, tied/interleaved again by thin ropes made up of bamboo. The furniture (Bed, Chair, Tables etc) were again made up of cane, but toilet was made up of regular camode, wash basin etc. It had lighting, A/C, Heater etc well embedded in the walls. The foor was made up of thick wooden planks which were supproted by Mango tree trunk as well as wooden finshed concrete pillers to the ground.


Blending the Home Design with Ecology is not easy. Generally Tourists have high expectations about such perceived to be exotic experiences.
it is always good to involve professional designers.

To keep the costs low you can involve some Archtecture or Design students, probably do it as a part of their "student project". This can bring in some creative ideas, building the actual house could be under the supervision of some contractor / artisan.

Another way of doing it is to proudly copy. You can visit such tree houses in any of the jungle resorts etc, stay there for couple of days, take pictures, make notes, take (approx) measurements, ask an architect to draw it out for you.

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@StarVegabond Thanks - thats a pretty detailed description. Will keep this thread posted as the design, and the house itself develops. Still looking for a guy to help with structural issues etc.
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@StarVegabond Thanks - thats a pretty detailed description. Will keep this thread posted as the design, and the house itself develops. Still looking for a guy to help with structural issues etc.
I wanted to do the exact same thing at our estate homestay here. Trust me it is not as easy as it sounds to get it done atop a tree. For now iam getting a log cabin made entirely out of wood and supported on wooden stilts as well. It is a learning experience and a very expensive one at that.

Where does your homestay come?If your in madikeri some time then shout out. We can meet up.
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In my very first trip to Kerala, we slept on the top of a tree.

The following thread might give you some idea: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/trave...-top-tree.html
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I wanted to do the exact same thing at our estate homestay here. Trust me it is not as easy as it sounds to get it done atop a tree. For now iam getting a log cabin made entirely out of wood and supported on wooden stilts as well. It is a learning experience and a very expensive one at that.

Where does your homestay come?If your in madikeri some time then shout out. We can meet up.
Sure! Would love to see your place and the log cabin sometime as well. Our place (Linger - can't post the link/details here since mods disallow that) is closer to Bhagamandala - in Chettimani.

I'll be there on the 3rd for a few hours - but this trip may be a tight squeeze given we're headed to Chikmaglur the same day.
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In my very first trip to Kerala, we slept on the top of a tree.

The following thread might give you some idea: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/trave...-top-tree.html
Wow. Completely missed that thread - thanks! Looks like a great place. Only difference in what I'm trying is its planned between trees, not atop them. And its in a very wooded part - so only a narrow path that leads up to this place is walkable.
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