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Treehouses - Neat and Unique Examples and Ideas - A Photo Gallery

Updated on December 9, 2011
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Gallery of Treehouse Ideas

This gallery is all about tree houses and some creative ideas generated by whole groups of people for each one shown. This last year the Saint Louis Botanical Garden was honoring trees, and as a tribute ended up as the best place to showcase some very creative and interesting ideas for tree houses.

Each tree house presented is from a group of people that helped to bring the idea to life, and saw it to its fruition eventually at the gardens. Now if you told me about such a thing, I would not have imagined at all what I ended up observing in these tree houses! I realized that it is rather silly really to assume any tree house should look ANY particular way. Its all about creation of the tree house, a place to have fun or have an outdoor living space.

The people involved had a wide range of ages. It wasn't limited to just kids or just adults or anything like that from what I understand. Some groups all worked together, while others were part of another cause. These were the winners for design from a larger group of people that entered.

You will see too that these are not up in the trees, but often at the base of huge trees or at their side. One neat thing about this is that the tree isn't hurt in process. No undue harm is done, just appreciation and celebrating the "tree", which was what the whole process was all about.

My hope is that you maybe come away inspired or just enjoy seeing the result of many people's work. You can see there are a lot of tree lovers out there.

The Tree Houses

Photo 1 - This one is really neat because it has a lot of design that went into it from what I can tell. There are even little herbs growing up on the side of the tree house! It was very cute, along with the little chairs made carved out of tree stumps. There were skylights as well, this is an impressive little tree house I must say!

Photos 2 & 3 - This one looks to me to be almost imitating the look of some creature, maybe? I didn't have much time, but those white things look like legs almost, and I am thinking maybe a spider? Its a really cool tree house, and if you look at photo 3 as well, its the same photo from another angle. The tree it is on is huge, and one of my favorites with that white bark.

Photos 4 & 5 - This tree house seems to have a huge maze as part of the fun, and has its own completely unique feel to it. The tree that it surrounds is also a large tree. There may be secret compartments inside as well. Its so neat to see what people came up with!

Photos 6 & 7 -This tree house has to be the "cutest" of all the tree houses, and seems very functional as well. I mean no offense in saying it is "cute" to the makers if that is not intended, its just very pleasing to the eye and that happened to be the adjective I applied to it!

That said, it has a lot of color, ramps, and even a back porch on the tree house! There is a walkway up to it, windows, etc. It is obvious a lot of hard work went into it! I am very impressed.

Photo 8 - This tree house has some really cool design features or decorations on it. I really like it, though I can't say too much more about it than what the photo shows. I simply love it, and how creative people got with this whole tree house creation project.

Photos 9 & 10 - This tree house was actually one of the first ones I saw and visited. It has an entry way, and it is very "green" for even a tree house! It is made up of mostly recycled materials, INCLUDING recycled Christmas trees, and tree stumps! Can you believe that? When you look closer, you can clearly tell that the colors show the trees for the house are dead, and its a brilliant idea.

Anyone that has watched any of those survivor shows knows that you use things like this if you can find anything like it for part of a shelter or protection when you need something quick. I love the idea for making use of old Christmas trees in this way.

My hat is off to the creators of these tree houses! Job well done! I am sure I couldn't have come up with a better one, though I thoroughly enjoyed touring them. I do hope that I didn't miss too many of the tree houses. I think there was at least one more that I wasn't able to get to for whatever reason. My apologies for not getting it featured here because I know it would be a great tree house!

Thank you to all the people out there that have a fellow love for trees on this beautiful planet. I know I am not alone in loving trees. This was a really fun way to celebrate trees.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks Steph! I thought they were fun, and wished I had gotten more, but this is a fun collection to have captured.:)

      I hear you, about having to add that idea of vacationing in a tree house onto a bucket list! Never heard of it, but it makes sense in some places. Glad you stopped by, and thank you for the comment. :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      What a fun hub, and how great that these are all your own photographs of the treehouses! I never had an "official" tree house as a child, but always wanted one too. Did you know that you can vacation and stay in a tree house instead of a hotel in some locations? That's gotta be on my bucket list! Cheers, Steph

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Mary! Yes, thank you very much, and well this is what I do for my fun or free time whenever I can. Take pictures that is and go to places near or far (when I can!) to capture them with the camera.

      As for the tree houses I guess I never really had an official one as a kid, BUT you could always find me up a tree, I loved doing that! We would create neat spaces up there with blankets and sheets if we could get away with it too, kind of like a tree house in a way!

      I always love when you stop by, thank you so much for the visit and comment and being a friend on Hubpages. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      You are so lucky to have visited these places and seen these wonderful tree houses. I never had one as a child, but I always wanted one. You must have an extensive photo library....your work is so beautiful. Thanks for another tour. Goodnight, Mary

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you so much, TeriSilver! I appreciate the comment and visit. :)

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      Teri Silver 6 years ago from The Buckeye State

      Interesting and fun!