Although the tree houses are custom made to order, the company builds each project with eco-friendly principles. Cutting edge computer technology is first used to detail every building aspect, and then the components of the tree house are “printed” off site. This strategy minimizes construction waste and reduces disruption to the surrounding natural ecosystem.
Locally-sourced, sustainably harvested wood is used in most of the tree house projects, and if it’s not available, all other timber used is FSC-certified. In all cases, the building process avoids any type of chemically treated wood.
For structural support, low impact helical coil foundations are used in order to avoid the need for traditional concrete foundations. Corkscrew-like metal piles are screwed into ground with a hydraulic power pack in order to cause minimal impact around sensitive root zones and can be completely removed in the future if needed.
To insulate each treehouse in any environment, each is built with insulative sheep’s wool or recycled cellulose in order to provide a comfortable interior temperature. For energy use, the designs use various off grid low energy solutions, compost toilets and low water flow taps and showers. Recycled materials, and natural surfaces and finishes are used throughout the interior to enhance the feeling of living within the surrounding natural environment.
Bower House founder Simon Parfett explains the vision behind the company’s beautiful and environmentally-conscious designs, “For us a tree house is about adventure, play and discovery. We want to provide people with an incredible experience being nestled in trees whilst ensuring the protection of the trees and habitat around the structure. To do this we incorporate sustainable design principles at the earliest possible stage.”