HALF THE TREEHOUSE, HALF THE PRICE

Not Literally, But You’ll Still Save A Bunch On Construction Expenses

So you want to build your own little shelter in the middle of the woods. Should you go for a good old-fashioned cabin or a classic treehouse? Hey, why not both? So now you’re thinking maybe a full-on cabin up on a tree, or maybe a treehouse-style cabin. Well, when we said both, we MEAN both. Enter the Half-Treehouse Cabin. Yes, we’re serious.

Built by two amateur builders and owners and designed by JACOBSCHANG Architecture, the Half-Treehouse only cost them $20,000 to build thanks to some money-saving techniques. First of all, the owners themselves built it, so that in itself already saves you some cash that would have been used for hiring a construction team. Most of the wood used for building the cabin was acquired from the property itself, but probably one of the major things they did for the house was by not giving the structure a concrete base foundation, instead they used Sonotube footing in one end and anchored the other end of the cabin to two trees using specially designed fasteners used modern-day treehouse construction. To top it all off, they treated the exterior to some special Scandinavian pine-tar, giving it a weather-proof finish to help minimize any maintenance costs in the long run.

The Half-Treehouse is located in a forest in Sullivan County in New York State. This home is not a wonderful little nature retreat, it can give you some inspiration for your next personal construction project too.

Using a combination of personal elbow grease, design know-how, and materials harvested on-site, this project was able to keep costs relatively low, while looking quite elegant in the middle of the woods.

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