Researching, getting photographs and publishing this post on fun kid’s tree houses was a lot of fun because it brought me back to my tree house building heyday.
I grew up in a house with a large forest behind our home. Our yard had several large Maple trees configured in an ideal tree house formation.
Our first tree house was built by our dad. It was propped up on a large stump and looking back, it was an elaborate structure with an enclosed area, porch, concrete footings and was built to last. We spent hours in that playhouse (and slept in it too).
When my brother and I got a little older, we set out to build our own tree house (we wanted a multi-level tree fort). We got some wood and nails and started building… and building and building. It ended up the Leaning Tower of Pisa of tree houses. It rose 5 floors (each floor was may 3 to 4 feet in height) with an unstable sundeck on top. It was ugly and very unstable, which was proven when during a wind storm, our own Leaning Tower of Pisa was blown off the tree and ended up in the ravine. We were sure fortunate not to be in it at the time.
Not surprisingly, while my brother’s and my tree house crashed into smitherines, our dad’s effort stood strong (and safe).
Building tree houses is a great way to spend time with your kids. I look forward to building one with my son when he’s older. The fun starts with building them and continues as a playhouse for years.
If you have young kids, they most certainly will welcome an elevated tree house or playhouse of some sort. Here’s are 70 pictures of kids’ tree houses to get your ideas forming. Note, some certainly don’t look all that safe, while others are truly incredible structures high up in a tree.
The tree house building dilemma: height vs. safety. As a kid, for me it was the higher the better. Now that I’m a parent, obviously, I wouldn’t get too excited about my son playing in a rickety structure 50 feet off the ground. The following images provide examples of tree houses that are built way up in the trees and others lower to the ground.
Note, if you don’t have sufficient trees in your yard, check out some of the options built on stilts (technically called a playhouse but because they’re elevated I included them in our tree house photo gallery). We hope you enjoy this gallery featuring some incredible kids treehouse and kids playhouse designs and ideas.
Great looking tree house built within the spidering branches of a large tree.
3-level tree house. This tree house reminds me of the one my brother and I built. It doesn’t look to be the safest, but it sure looks fun with being high up and having multiple levels and decks.
Tree house fairly high up in a tree also using stilts for support.
A tree house that could be for kids or adults. If it’s for kids, it’s truly a professionally built affair, but it could certainly be a home for adults (and a fun one at that).
Spectacular and intricate kids’ tree house with porch and windows. With respect to detail and design, this is my favorite on the page. The only downside is it’s not very high up.
Small tree house built high up in a tree.
Low-level tree house with red roof.
Elaborate log tree house with long stairway leading to front door. Check out the windows and how it uses branches for frames. The log walls look great.
Large tree house built entirely on one small tree. Not many tree houses include a swinging door and window panes.
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Tree house built in the crook of 2 trees with wrap-around porch and roper ladder
Large wooden tree house built on one low tree
Small well-built tree house built around one tree with small porch.
Bamboo tree house built in the crook of a large tree.
Two tree houses built in adjacent trees. One has a thatch roof.
Round tree house built in one tree with stilts extending from the tree trunk for support.
Sturdy tree house built using a tree and stilts. The light is a nice touch for camping out.
Extensive tree house high up in the trees with large deck.
Small tree fort with large deck built way up high in tree branches.
Tree house built in branches of a large tree.
Solid wood tree house built with round logs supported by a tree stump and wood posts.
Towering tree house perched on top of a tall tree.
Simple tree fort built in the crook of tree branches of a large tree.
More of a deck with roof built up using 3 large trees for support.
A yurt-style tree house built around one large tree with wrap-around deck.
Photo of a large tree house professionally built around one large, sturdy tree.
The following 3 tree houses could very well be lived in by adults. They’re much more elaborate. Many people throughout the world live in homes on stilts and even built in trees. Tree houses are also fun for adults – some building them as vacation homes.
Adult tree house built in the tree canopy with large sun deck.
Real house built on trees and a series of stilts with wrap around deck
I’ll end this gallery with a literal tree house; that is a tree built in a tree. Actually, it’s cement and obviously part of a kids’ fun park, but it’s another approach to building a fun playhouse for kids if you have a large stump in your neck of the woods.
House built inside of a tree trunk. Actually, it’s a cement structure, but it’s included as a different approach to building a tree house… that is building it inside of a large dead stump.