It all begins with you submitting an inquiry via our online questionnaire. Your questionnaire informs us about your vision and helps us determine if Nelson Treehouse would be the best fit for your project. We review each inquiry thoroughly, so kindly ask for your patience while you await a response.
If your project resonates with Nelson Treehouse, one of our team members will schedule a phone call with you before moving forward to arrange a site visit. Please be aware that due to the high volume of requests, the wait time for our full-scale design and build services may be significant. Hang in there! We care deeply about your timeline and do our best to accommodate it.
During our site visit, we get to know you and your vision for your treehouse, discuss your budget, and meet your trees. We gather measurements and information about the selected trees and your property to guide our design process.
For our conceptual design package, our designers produce a floor plan, drawings for the platform and elevation, a rough order of magnitude budget, and basic specifications detail. We may also conduct a preliminary investigation of zoning and permitting regulations.
This stage may not be necessary, depending on the location and scope of your project. Under an additional design contract, we may conduct a secondary site visit to gather data for digitally modeling your trees, partner with engineers to generate a comprehensive set of architectural drawings, and assist you in obtaining required building permits.
Please note: Obtaining a building permit in your jurisdiction may be required. Costs associated with this process are similar to typical residential construction. We strongly recommend researching the regulations of local building authorities regarding treehouses. Please review the section in our FAQ on permitting for more information.
We oversee your build from prefabrication in our Washington State-based shop, to shipment of prefabricated components, to onsite completion. Our carpenters excel at their craft, building artful and durable treehouses. We pride ourselves on leading a joyful, safe, and seamless build experience, believing that the process of building your treehouse is as fundamental to its magic as being in the completed structure.
Our crew uses only the highest-quality hardware and tried-and-tested techniques that foster the longevity of both trees and treehouse. As necessary, we hire subcontractors for additional services including insulation, roofing, plumbing, and electrical. We base the construction portion of our services on a fixed-bid contract to control costs.
Please note: We do not manage any interior design services (apart from custom built-in furniture, as specified in our fixed bid), road construction, or installation of utilities on your property. If utilities are part of your vision for your treehouse, all necessary infrastructure (e.g., septic system, water service, electrical service) must be present and accessible onsite of the treehouse prior to construction. Once utilities infrastructure is established onsite of the treehouse, we will oversee the installation of these amenities within the structure.