The Best Episodes of Treehouse Masters
People who know and work with Pete Nelson describe him as a tree whisperer. For his part, Nelson lets the trees do the talking. He's a world-renowned treehouse designer and builder, and this series documents the work he and his team of craftsmen -- including his son Charlie -- do to create incredible homes and busines ses in nature's canopy. Pete uses a combination of science and art to realize clients' sky-high aspirations of magnificent multibedroom treehouses with elaborate kitchens and bathrooms, or simpler, peaceful one-room escapes. Other backyard escapes featured in the series include a spa retreat, a brewery, and a honeymoon suite. ``We awaken that inner child who dreams of living among the trees,'' Pete says.
#1 - Apres Skihouse Treehouse
Season 6 - Episode 6
Pete builds ski lodge-style treehouse complete with an indoor-outdoor fireplace and a rooftop snowmaker for a ski-loving family.
#2 - Black Bear Bungalow
Season 2 - Episode 3
Two sisters who run their family’s rural inn in Farmington, Pennsylvania, present Pete with a bear of a task: build an observation treehouse on their 1000-acre property, where they can watch the black bears roaming the land. Pete is a little nervous at first when it comes to his team building in the midst of these wild beasts, but he turns his fear into inspiration by creating his first-ever mid-century decagon treehouse with walls of glass and windows, a wrap-around deck, cathedral ceilings and a closed-circuit bear-cam tracking system nestled among three white oaks and standing more than 20 feet from the ground. For the interior, Pete incorporates mission-style furniture, a roaring fireplace and a handmade oak bar.
#3 - Camo Treehouse
Season 6 - Episode 8
Adventurous Texas family, living on a 200-acre ranch, want a camouflaged treehouse that also serves as a guest house.
#4 - Frank Lloyd Lakehouse
Season 7 - Episode 4
Pete builds a triple-decker treehouse with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and more, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, on the shores of Kentucky's Lake Barkley
#5 - Love Is in the Air
Season 1 - Episode 8
In the Season 1 finale, Pete builds a honeymoon suite for a couple who want to get married at Treehouse Point, but all of the other accommodations are booked.
#6 - Treehouse Z
Season 6 - Episode 4
Pete connects with old friends in Canton, NC to build them Zen-like sanctuary in the trees. Battling a record-fast 9-day build window, the team stays calm in constructing a retreat 15-ft high with a picture perfect view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
#7 - Santa's Workshop
Season 2 - Episode 1
Just one day of Christmas cheer isn’t enough for a real-life Santa and Mrs. Claus, who celebrate the season 365 days a year in Southern California. Old St. Nick and the missus call on Pete and his crew to spruce up their yard with some holiday magic. Pete creates a treehouse workshop complete with Santa's red chair, a naughty-or-nice drawbridge, a secret elf trap door, a candy cane and holly access bridge and some miracle Christmas snow...in the California desert!
#8 - Wild Butterfly Escape
Season 2 - Episode 4
A large family from Independence, Ohio, runs a nonprofit organization Cornerstone of Hope, which provides grief services to anyone who has lost a family member. The family asks Pete to build a therapeutic space in the trees for Cornerstone of Hope, incorporating the nonprofit’s symbol, the butterfly. Pete jumps at this opportunity as he strongly believes in the unique healing power of trees and treehouses. He designs a butterfly-themed treehouse that stretches across six tree varieties, including a gorgeous cluster of maple, cherry, tulip and beech trees. The treehouse features a 400-square-foot deck, loft space, a butterfly wing-shaped jungle gym, a gigantic climbing net and a breathtaking butterfly chandelier. Pete really goes above and beyond when he outfits the treehouse with mechanical butterflies that can be enjoyed all year round!
#9 - Workshop Edition
Season 5 - Episode 8
Pete and the crew join a group of young carpenters from Sawhorse Revolution, an organization that introduces carpentry to students with community service projects, to build a treehouse escape.
#10 - International: Scandinavia
Season 8 - Episode 2
Pete journeys to the pine-forested splendor of Scandinavia to explore Norway's magical TreeTop Hotel and Sweden's floating Treehotel, with tree homes suspended by cables and accessed only by retractable ladders.
#11 - Triple Decker Record Setter
Season 4 - Episode 9
Pete heads to Louisiana to build his biggest treehouse ever; a record-breaking, 1200 sq ft, tree village features 3 separate levels and a 70 ft bridge that connects to a platform set in a trio of nearby trees.
#12 - Temple of Adventure
Season 2 - Episode 2
Pete builds an incredible, adventure-themed treehouse for a young, exploration-loving family in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. The family calls Pete and his crew to create a massive, two-story jungle masterpiece packed with secret doors and hidden passageways within a cluster of cherry trees! Pete delivers not just one but two bouncy suspension bridges, a daring rock-climbing wall anda living wall containing more than 700 live plants for this colossal treehouse, which overlooks a deep gorge. With a secret sarcophagus entrance, a second-sleeping loft and loads of adventurous novelties, this treehouse is sure to bring the family hours of fun, especially when Pete reveals his tailored, sentimental surprise: a tribute to the family’s beloved grandmother.
#13 - Luck o' the Irish Cottage
Season 1 - Episode 2
A Celtic-theme cottage in an olive tree in California features a circular design that includes a fireplace and a rain-maker to mimic damp Irish weather.
#14 - Backyard Bungalow
Season 1 - Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: A couple in Oregon need extra room when their daughter comes home from college, so Pete builds a guesthouse in a tree.
#15 - Levitating Lighthouse
Season 2 - Episode 6
A young couple has big dreams of a lighthouse treehouse atop a seaside seawall along the coast of Northwest Washington. Pete is challenged by the property’s incredibly steep grade and must deliver all of his materials to the site by way of barge only! The octagon-shaped, two-story, white-and-red shingled structure, which is housed among a group of cottonwood trees, features porthole windows, a wrap-around balcony, a nautical-themed interior and rainbow-colored glass. The couple, wanting to truly live off the grid, throws Pete a curve ball by asking him for a rainwater shower system, a composting toilet and supply power (where there is none). Surprisingly, Pete delivers a custom gift for the couple's pampered pooch: a 'backyard' high in the air!
#16 - Mindbending Silver Maple
Season 5 - Episode 3
Pete finds inspiration in old tales to build a mesmerizing treehouse, with a curved turret that soars two stories high and a deck to take in the amazing sights, over the stems of a twisty silver maple on the shore of Lake Chelan.
#17 - Sky-high Redwood Retreat
Season 2 - Episode 5
A nature-loving woman in Humboldt County, California, asks Pete and his crew to build a treehouse that pushes their skills to the limit. She feels cramped in her home and wants a permanent residence 60 feet up in the area’s giant redwood trees. Pete and crew take the comforts of home to new heights in this bohemian-chic, tri-level treehouse, which boasts a bathroom, lounge and bedroom loft spread out throughout three floors with low-hanging lights, tapestries, modular furniture and an overall genie-in-a-bottle aesthetic. The owner dreams of being able to see the Pacific Ocean from her cozy forest perch atop the redwood canopy, and Pete knows that he and his crew are the only ones who can deliver!
#18 - Treehouse Takeover: The Roderick Experience
Season 6 - Episode 7
Pete hands the reins over to Roderick for the next build; a spiral staircase wrapped in branches, a hexagonal tower with elegant stained glass windows and a 360 degree observation platform.
#19 - Nelson Family Treehouse
Season 5 - Episode 1
Pete Nelson uproots an existing treehouse from the family-owned bed & breakfast Treehouse Point to build a custom-made treehouse as a housewarming gift for his daughter, Emily.
#21 - Record-High Recording Studio
Season 2 - Episode 7
A family from nearby Seattle wants to expand its already famous rural recording studio up into the trees! Up for the challenge, Pete creates a high-tech, two-story recording oasis more than 36 feet tall with in a group of cedar trees. Marrying music and nature, Pete and crew accent the treehouse with rust-colored metal, patterned, textured cork walls and a massive picture window that overlooks the wild salmon creek below. Upon completion, this musical treetop masterpiece is ready for its first recording session when a Grammy-award-winning megastar arrives at the reveal to lay down a brand-new track.
#22 - Treehouse Masters International: Japan
Season 3 - Episode 7
Truly a worldwide phenomenon, treehouses extend to even the farthest corners of our world. Pete travels to Japan to tour with the country’s most beloved, renowned treehouse builder: Takashi Kobayashi. Longtime friend of Pete’s and truly an inspiration to treehouse builders everywhere, Taka takes his American buddy on a whirlwind tour of his greatest creations, including a treehouse bar in the middle of Tokyo, a luxurious spa retreat in the countryside and a touching treetop tribute to children affected by the devastating 2011 tsunami. All the while, Pete experiences the wonders of Japan’s wilds, the quirky excitement of Tokyo, and shares with us traditional Japanese experiences.
#23 - Towering Treetop Teahouse
Season 3 - Episode 6
Pete and the crew look to Buddha's teachings as they build a traditional Japanese teahouse 20 feet in the air complete with a shoji screen wall, Tatami mats, low table with sunken floor and pagoda style roof for a zen-like paradise in Seattle.
#24 - Bon-Appé-Treehouse
Season 7 - Episode 1
Surrounded by fields of red poppies and intertwined within a giant live oak, Pete creates a dining room tree house with a Provence countryside feel as part of a French restaurant.