Treehouse Designers Guide: Romero Studios
Considered the treehouse designer/builder-to-the-stars, Roderick Romero went to school to be a doctor, switched to theater and learned carpentry doing set designs in grad school. On a whim, he built a treehouse for a friend and word spread quickly through celebrity circles. Clients include Sting and Trudie Styler, Donna Karan, Julianne Moore and Val Kilmer, for whom he built a treehouse that mimics the nests of barn swallows who build their homes in cliffs near Kilmer's home. "I like my treehouses to look like a bird built them," Romero says. "They have to be harmonious with the natural setting."
New York City
In the business since:
$70,000 and up
Most requested design:
Clients often ask for Romero's Lantern House design, which was inspired by the lanterns he saw in Tangier while teaching Moroccan orphans about architecture.
Romero only uses salvaged or reclaimed materials.
Romero worked with a robotics team to construct a false wall to hide a plasma TV for clients in Southampton, New York who planned to host movie nights in their treehouse.
New York, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Washington, Morocco, Italy and Mexico.
In a band called Sky Cries Mary