Just about everyone dreams of having a treehouse at one point in their lives. But that’s not a childhood fantasy—the desire to have your own little nook outside your home doesn’t always go away with age.

So when Imgur user ArborCasa was asked to build a treehouse, he turned his client’s dream into a reality. But he didn’t stop there…

Imgur user ArborCasa set out to build a treehouse for a client. The customer chose a live oak with three sturdy trunks.


The property was situated on a hillside, so there was an existing deck 26 feet from the tree, with a gravel access road in between. 2-diy-tree-houseImgur

A rope ladder was not an ideal way to get in, especially because the treehouse was so tall, the tree was on a hillside, and the access road needed to remain passable. A lot more work was necessary.

A bridge was absolutely essential, so ArborCasa poured concrete post foundations four feet deep and one foot wide, setting post anchors into the wet concrete. 3-diy-tree-houseImgur

It took plenty of pressure-treated four-by-six-foot planks, brackets, and lag screws to build the supporting framework.

From here, you can see how substantial the height difference is. A massive amount of concrete foundation had to be poured on this side.


With the bridge finished, ArborCasa could finally focus on the treehouse.


Since the house was being built in wine country, the team used disassembled wine barrels for balusters.


You can really see the concrete foundation here, with the base being five feet long, two feet wide, and four feet underground.


The supporting pillars and foundation are reinforced with 5/8” rebar.

The bridge’s two supporting beams needed to be specially ordered. ArborCasa worked alone, so he fashioned a system of ropes and pulleys to help lift and position each beam.


He also made sure to build the bridge tall enough for cars to pass under.

The tree was swaying with the wind, so to avoid any structural damage, ArborCasa crafted some sliding beam brackets.


The four-by-six-foot planks were pressure-treated and secured to sliding beam brackets.


Next, decking boards were attached. The deck was initially 12 by 16 feet, but ArborCasa extended it two feet for more space.


The deck was finished! He could’ve stopped right there and it still would look great.


Now it was time for the framing!


The treehouse itself would be eight feet wide by 12 feet long, but the oversized deck allowed for a two-foot-wide walkway around it.


You’d need to avoid some branches while navigating the walkway, though.

With the framing complete, the treehouse was really taking shape!


Next step: sheathing.


The treehouse also needed to be waterproofed and have windows installed.


The trim and cedar siding was installed, too. To prevent insects and rain from getting in, tree branches could not be built into the treehouse, and the builder needed to do some evasive framing.


An entryway overhang was then added for aesthetic purposes.


With the outside finished, ArborCasa focused on building the inside.


He insulated the floor, ceiling, and walls, and covered them in oriented strand board. Pine shiplap planks made up the finished material.


The treehouse also has electricity, water, phone, cable, internet, and in-wall speaker wiring!

Check out that finished trim!


So clean and smooth.


The windows were a great touch.


The finished product looked absolutely stunning.


It blended in nicely with the environment, too.


The view from the largest window was especially gorgeous.


Who wouldn’t love to come here to escape every once in a while?


We can’t help but look at this creation with envy. It’s a treehouse with electricity, water, and Internet? Who else wants one?

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