Treehouse Designers Guide: AzzanArts
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Attie Jonker's clients can escape to (or from) this treehouse via stick ladder, rope ladder, trap door or 200-foot zip line.
At 19, Attie Jonker, who could "barely bang a nail in straight," took a job building lodges for Wilderness Safaris in his native Botswana, Africa. After years of on-the-job training, he emigrated to the United States and started AzzanArts, for which he considers himself, "owner, designer, artist and builder of all things natural." Jonker started with a tree platform for a friend's child and now produces treehouses—complete with trap doors, ladders, swings and slides—and other outdoor structures like fire pits and outdoor showers.
San Antonio, Texas
In the business since:
$10,000 and up
Jonker uses reclaimed materials in his work whenever possible, and "incorporates my structures into the host environment, so that it blends with the surroundings and flows with the customer's existing architecture or landscape design," he says.