Jono explained to us in an email that when he was a kid he used to source his salvaged materials in sometimes not-so-legal ways (like from the neighbor’s yard) but now he says he uses Facebook to ask friends for any scraps they have lying around. But don’t be concerned because this tree hut is completely structurally sound thanks to computer simulated stress calculations.
A licensed builder, Jono’s brother provided help with the walls and plaster, and no permits were necessary since the team stayed within New Zealand’s legal restrictions for treehouses. But for us, the most exciting feature of this project – apart from the fact that it is so beautifully tucked away in the towering trees – is a drawbridge that was built out of recycled timber and mechanized with an upcycled gate motor! When asked what he would say to anyone thinking about building a treehouse, Jono said, “Choose a tree, acquire some materials and get building! Once you get up there and started you won’t want to stop!”