Innovative Bicycle Elevator for a Treehouse
Designed by 22 year old Ethan Schlusser, this seemingly ordinary treehouse comes with a twist by having its very own bicycle elevator. Schlusser used his mom’s old bike, and by removing the rubber tires, it allowed the cable to go around the wheel moving the pulley. With this ingenious feature, he is able to use the pedal system to lift himself up the 28 foot high sanctuary. The treehouse made use of locally harvested Western Red Cedar for its woodwork which is supported by clamps. Walls were constructed on the ground and hoisted to the framework while the roof used reclaimed sheets of metal from an old barn. This innovative design sits among the trees of Sandpoint, Idaho. Take a look through these photos and tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
When giving advice to those considering building their very own bicycle elevator, Schlussler recommends taking a close look at all the important elements and components that he included with his design. “But don’t limit your design by following mine too closely,” says Schlussler. “Think about it a LOT, because at first it is difficult to imagine all the potential problems. Build everything stronger than necessary and most importantly have fun!”
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