Is it treehouse or tree house? Either way, I remember being so jealous of my friend, Andrea, who lived across the street from me when I was a kid.

Years before, her dad and older brothers had built a treehouse in a large, old tree in their backyard.

To get to it, we climed up the lower branches and stepped up and in. It was made of old plywood and probably wouldn’t pass inspection nowadays, but I loved it. It was a clubhouse, dining room, and library all in one.

Best of all, no adults would (or could) follow us inside…

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Treehouse Envy

Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book - by David Stiles

David Stiles’s Treehouse book

Fast forward to today.

I still have a soft spot for treehouses! Sadly, we didn’t have a tree big enough to build one when our children were younger.

But for all of you who do but aren’t sure of how to go about it, Jeanie Trusty Stiles and David Stiles’ book: Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book, is quite helpful.

In it, they share tips on everything from picking the right tree and tools to building the steps and accessorizing. It’s sure to make the outdoors and your kids favorite place to be!

New Treehouses of the World - by Pete Nelson

Pete Nelson’s New Treehouses book

Even if you can’t build a treehouse in your own backyard, you can still enjoy them if you read Pete Nelson’s book, New Treehouses of the World.

In it, he showcases tree houses from the United States and Brazil to Thailand and Cambodia.

It’s a must read for anyone who wants to get away from it all by climbing into the branches of a tree.

Tree House Pictures

I’ve also found photos of incredible tree houses.

Cool Tree Houses: Fancy Treehouse

Treehouse: (Blue Forest UK Ltd.)

These may be a bit more elaborate than ones you played in as a kid, but they sure look fun!

No one will fall out of this one I saw on Houzz.com by by Blue Forest UK Ltd.!

Sure, it’s a “bucket list” type of attraction, being in England, an hour’s drive south of London. (It’s in East Sussex.) But talk about cool tree houses!

This next one is really more of a backyard house tree — it’s not built in a tree, but around it. The tree’s growing right up through the middle — almost like a back porch with central column.

Awesome Tree Houses: Tree Inside this Treehouse

Bjon Pankratz built this “mod” one!

It has a modern look that I suppose makes it function as incredible outdoor decor.

Bjon Pankratz of Franklin, Tennessee built it. “Tree house project from beginning to end,” he says. “Great bonding time with my son and daughter.

It’s a design called “Modern Kids” by Franklin Design.

Again, I found this one by looking at backyard tree houses at the design website Houzz.com!

This next one looks to me like the perfect place to get away from everything! Sort of like a back porch in the sky.

It’s in Lindon, Utah, and made by Trestlewood Outdoor.

Cool Tree Houses: Treehouse of Reclaimed Wood

Garage and Shed by Trestlewood

The style is a traditional garage and shed.

To me, it’s doubly-amazing because it’s also made of reclaimed wood products!

On the outside? Coverboard barnwood siding!

Finally, here’s one more I just can’t resist sharing…

It’s treehouse “fort” that’s draped with beautiful hanging wisteria.

I’d like to stay in this one right now! Or just admire it. It’s just stunning outdoor decor!

Awesome Tree Houses: Treehouse with Wisteria

Wisteria Fort by Aitken & Associates

Called “Wisteria on Atherton Fort, it’s in Gilroy, California, and made by Aitken and Associates (with the photo courtesy of Karen Aitken).

I wonder if even my childhood friend Andrea would be envious as I was once!

What about you? Do you have any tree house memories or did you build one?

We’d love to hear from you!