Treehouse Designers Guide: Austin Tree Houses

Rob Soluri designed his first treehouse for a family with an autistic son, sparking the birth of a building company.
Kid-catraz

Kid-catraz

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. 

Photo by: Image courtesy of Austin Treehouse

Image courtesy of Austin Treehouse

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. 

Like many people who make their living building treehouses, Rob Soluri didn't plan to for it to be a career. The president of a custom commercial and residential construction company, Soluri donated a treehouse to a live auction at his son's school and wound up building a treehouse for a local family with an autistic son. "They were thrilled to have a safe place for him to play in his favorite tree," Soluri says. "My crew and I planned and built that first treehouse and a business was born."

Based in:

Austin, Texas

In the business since:

2006

Cost:

$3,500 and up

Most requested design:

"Treehouses aren't like other construction projects; I don't have real designs," Soluri says. "It may sound corny, but if you look at the tree limbs as outstretched arms, you can almost picture the tree happily supporting the structure. I pick a limb to start and it gets built organically."

Specialty:

Collaborative construction. "Most folks would rather get a root canal than pick a builder," Soluri says. "I pride myself on being open and transparent throughout the entire process, working as a partner with my clients to create a sort of building synergy. I like to say that what I'm really building is trust."

Wow factor:

At the client's request, Soluri built a completely enclosed treehouse that could only be accessed by climbing the tree, with electricity to power the ceiling fan and video game monitor.

Project locations:

Austin, Texas

Fun fact:

The construction of great things runs in Soluri's family. His father was an engineer and his grandfather was an Italian immigrant and stonemason who worked on the renovation of the White House during the Truman administration and the construction of the Pentagon.

Contact info:

austintreehouses.com
512.490.2400

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