12 Amazing Treehouse Designs

You'll walk the plank, zipline and even cable car your way into these treehouse retreats.

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Walk the Plank!

Who wouldn't want to walk the plank in a ship in the sky? Built in a Norway maple tree in Horseheads, New York, this 100-square-foot pirate ship has everything from gun ports to a retractable rope ladder to keep enemies out. "When we first looked at the tree we had no idea it was going to be a pirate ship, builder John Carberry says. "Every time you start a project, there's a bit of a blind journey; it goes where it goes and you just enjoy it."

Majestree

A treehouse that lives up to its name, the Majestree from Michael Garnier's Treehouses.com is 47-feet-high with a Douglas fir running right through the middle of it. Outfitted with a full bathroom and kitchenette, it has a sleeping loft with interlaced wood as a safety rail and spiral staircase access to a wraparound deck below.

A Cedar Vacation Spot

One of their most requested designs, this Swiss chalet-style treehouse was built by Nelson Treehouse and Supply for a client in Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Constructed in a cedar tree, it has electricity, plumbing, restored leaded glass windows and can sleep up to four people.

The Clerestory

Atop a platform that doubles as a spacious deck, this Princeton, New Jersey treehouse from Living Tree was built in an oak tree for a family with three children. In addition to doors, windows, a roof and electricity, this project affords an equally stunning view of the ground and the sky.

A Little Bit Country

Built in a oak tree on the central coast of California by Daniels Wood Land, this project had a cameo role in the CMT show "Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country." It features a tire swing, fireman's pole, ladder, lookout tower and net lounger for relaxing after all that swinging, sliding and climbing.

Apple Treehouse

Located in an old apple orchard, this Vermont treehouse from Vermont Treehouse Company is made of red cedar and features a drawbridge ladder, fire pole, flag pole, Dutch door with peephole, mail slot, tube slide and table with tree stump chairs. There's also a bucket crane so the kids can haul apples up into the treehouse and a chute so they can roll them down into the family apple press.

The Nest

Roderick Romero's first treehouse, "Nest", was built in Bald Hills, Washington in 1997 when a friend asked him to contribute to her outdoor exhibition. "She asked me what I'd do and I said I'd make a giant nest in a tree," he says. "She said, 'Excellent! Do it.' Then I was like, oh no, I have no idea what I'm talking about."

Even the Treehouses Are Bigger in Texas

Attie Jonker's clients can escape to (or from) this treehouse via stick ladder, rope ladder, trap door or 200-foot zip line. Built around a cedar elm for a former basketball player in San Antonio, Texas, it's comprised of Southern juniper, treated lumber and old cedar fencing cut like shingles as siding.

(Almost) DIY Treehouse

The owner of this treehouse originally intended to do it himself, and bought designs and hardware from Tree Top Builders. "Then he realized he was over his head," treehouse designer Dan Wright says. "There are a lot of puns in this business." The roof is made of recycled material, the siding is cedar and the railings were hand made by an Amish woodworker for this project just north of Baltimore, Maryland.

All-in-One

Comprised of cedar decking and railings, steel suspension roads, custom bracketry and glulams, or glued laminated timber, this treehouse from Elevated Living was built for a Portland couple who wanted a play space for their children, as well as an alternate entertaining area. Installed in three days, it is 12' x 12' and 15-feet-high to deck level.

The Lotus

Treehouse or art installation? Both! This 8' x 10' wooden structure from O2 Treehouse was installed around an oak tree in Beverly Hills, California. Guests can enter via wooden steps, or by a two-seat cable car that connects this structure to its twin a few feet away.

Kid-catraz

Built in an oak tree in Austin, Texas, Austin Tree Houses Rob Soluri's "Kid-catraz" project has five windows that slide open with screens, a door with a window and it can be accessed by climbing the tree to get to the lower deck and stepping up to the main area.