3 Incredible Treehouse Designs for Your Backyard

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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It is a dream of many to have a treehouse in their backyard. The challenge is finding the perfect design for the treehouse. Many factors can affect the design and plan. One place to start is deciding on the shape and size of the structure that you want to build.

You can let your creative juices flow when dreaming of different styles of houses up in the treetops. You’ll also need to consider the current diameter and height of the tree that you plan to build on. Before we get ahead of ourselves, check out these three incredible treehouse designs that will get your gears turning in the right direction.

Treehouse Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. Although its size is grandiose, creating a treehouse with the same style on a smaller scale is possible. The materials you will use to construct this type of treehouse are laminated redwood joists, a winding staircase, a brass fireman pole, rope, and a beam.

To attain balance for your treehouse, you need the T-bracket to clamp onto the tree without penetrating the tree. It is recommended that you look for a tree with a strong central crotch where you can balance the beam easily to serve as the cornerstone of the treehouse.

Office in the Treetops

After 2020, many people find themselves working at home. This inspired countless creative attempts at building unique office spaces by people. Why not head towards the trees by creating a treehouse that you can use as a home office.

First, you want to gauge how far your wifi signal travels. If it doesn’t reach very far, this may stop you in your tracks. Once you have your internet connection dialed in, you can add a small desk and chair to your new home office. Decide if you want to also add a small couch or love seat for more comfortable seating. Of course, natural sunlight is extremely important to increase productivity and overall happiness when working from home. Make sure to add sun windows throughout the treehouse, allowing ample sunlight to enter your new workspace.


This treehouse model is made from recyclable or recycled materials. All the materials of this treehouse can be unbolted and recycled to make a different house. It’s extremely economical, sustainable, and good for the environment.

The name comes from its cathedral-like canopy that is made of sailboat sail. A treepee treehouse can be built for leisure for kids and adults. After this treehouse is constructed, it will last for a long time because of the materials that were used to build it. This design is unfortunately not as customizable as building one completely from your own materials.

Similar to a teepee, this treehouse design doesn’t vary much in terms of shape. If you are looking for a larger treehouse layout, consider the other designs above. For property owners that are limited on space, this design could be perfect for your backyard. This treehouse only needs a few feet in both directions to hang from a tree and spread out.


After you have finished building your treehouse, you can do interior decoration to look attractive and refreshing at all times. You can decide to paint the inside and outside of the house so it may be eye-catching. Please make sure you install lighting for the times you will need to use it at night.

The treehouse can be used as an outdoor office if you work from home or for your children to play with their friends when outdoors. When it comes to treehouse designs, you have to work with the materials you have, like recyclable wood and iron sheets for the roof.

Alex Capozzolo is a partner of Henry Buys Homes, a real estate company in Jacksonville, FL. He has been writing for the real estate industry for several years. Henry is a licensed agent that operates in the Florida market.

Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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