Meet Judy, my wife of 30 years (!); our kids, Charlie, Henry, and Emily; and me, Pete. We work together, along with our extraordinary staff, to bring the magic of treehouses to folks all around the world.
and my dad and I built an adventurous tree fort behind the garage of our New Jersey home. The world of treehouses, carpentry, and design continued to captivate me through college in Colorado, where I met my wonderful wife, Judy.
where I built single-family houses for a living and started writing my first book, Treehouses. I designed a treehouse on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, for a photo essay on the build process. Once the book came out, my phone started ringing with requests for treehouses. That was 1994.
to celebrate the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest with visitors from around the world. With my designs, Judy’s culinary prowess, and the vision of our marvelous staff, TreeHouse Point evolved into a place of peace, romance, and rejuvenation.
which follows my crew and me around on our treehouse builds across the country. It’s been a real privilege to connect with folks from around the world because of our show—I’m so grateful to all our fans for tuning in!
Our twin sons, Henry & Charlie, are both skilled carpenters who often travel with the rest of the crew to bring our client’s wildest treehouse dreams to life. Our daughter, Emily, is at the helm of our treehouse HQ. In addition to overseeing project operations, Emily founded our online store, Be in a Tree, where you can purchase our treehouse plans, lifestyle goods, and the same heavy-duty hardware we use in our builds worldwide. The family business also brought Emily her husband, Patrick—he’s a lead carpenter on our construction team. Douglas, their son, is our first grandchild and has brought so much joy to our lives!
As a family business, we seek to make everyone— our clients, guests, and staff— feel at home in the trees. We believe in hospitality, environmental stewardship, and celebrating life, love, and nature. We hope that this site will help you connect with all the elements of our Nelson family business: from our treehouse builds to our rejuvenating retreats; from our illustrious crew to our treehouse designs.
Your support means the world to us. Thank you for making our dreams come to life.
Throughout each project, we seek to foster the forest through low-impact building practices and use of environmentally sustainable materials.
We believe in working with good people. The Nelson Treehouse Crew is a family that shares a genuine camaraderie nurtured with love, respect and support. We work hard in providing our team members with the stability they need as well as sustaining a work culture that brings true fulfillment.
We believe that the sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity. Nothing less! We are tireless in our efforts to realize your dream, from the grandest vision to the tiniest details.
Our team of tree-centric master collaborators is made up of licensed engineers, architects, and carpenters. While our hearts are in the art of building, it is also our dream to inspire, encourage, and educate our customers and offer them superior resources to support their own building and mastery of the craft.
We extend our warmest welcome and invite our guests to fully immerse themselves in an experience that extends beyond the walls of our treehouses. We, Nelson Treehouse and staff, build to maintain these homey destinations to reinvigorate your wellness. Of every newcomer as well as our longtime loyal friends, our staff and Mother Nature herself have one simple ask: be in a tree.
We build with only the highest-quality hardware and tried-and-tested techniques that foster the longevity of living trees and prioritize the safety of our customers and guests.
We believe treehouses bring people together. Whether you’re building a treehouse or simply enjoying an above-ground retreat, it is our hope is for you to forge meaningful bonds over something experiential, sentimental, and unplugged from the modern world and digital noise. We also believe in hiring workers from local communities on our builds, providing jobs as well as a sense of optimism, fellowship, and goodwill.