Why He Decided to Build a Treehouse to Live & Work In

by Simplify

If there’s one thing you’ve probably never thought of as an adult, it’s building a treehouse to live in. But an eco treehouse is a housing alternative that some people are turning to in order to escape the rat race and skyrocketing housing costs around the world. And that’s exactly what Adam did.

Wanting to think outside the box, Adam chose to work and live in a treehouse all year round. And his treehouse is unlike any other that you may have seen or even imagined.

Steps to a treehouse

The treehouse offers 581 square feet of living space atop a 60-year-old pepper tree, with views of Mount Kembla in the distance. He uses it as an office for his building company during the day and his primary residence at night.

Located about an hour and a half South of Sydney near Wollongong, Pepper Tree Passive House was built to be both dual-purpose and aesthetically pleasing.

But building a treehouse to live in was no easy feat because it needed to meet the five key criteria to be considered a passive house: high-performance titillation, high-performance glazing systems, low infiltration, a heat recovery ventilation system, and thermal bridge reconstruction.

Fitted with multiple decks, concrete stepping stones, timber stairs, and bifacial solar panels, the outside of the treehouse looks like virtually any other home—just a lot higher off the ground.

On the inside, you’ll find a triple-glazed glass front door, a recyclable material called joinery making up the walls, forest green laminate countertops, and a recycled brick backsplash behind the cabinets.

Building a treehouse to live in

With all the regular amenities located here, like bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry room, and a kitchen, building a treehouse to live in never has to mean going without anything you’re used to.

For more treehouse designs, discover this A-frame treehouse in the mountains or this tiny modern treehouse perched 40ft in the treetops.

To see more videos, check out the NEVER TOO SMALL YouTube channel.

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  • Joy martin Joy martin on Oct 23, 2022

    Wow, just perfect! I've been wanting a tree house for so many years. As a get away & some R&R. Love it

  • Jan68741798 Jan68741798 on Nov 04, 2022

    Gorgeous design and a lovely sustainable project. I admire how you worked the terrain so it’s level to enter. Going up forty feet sounds challenging.