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November 21, 2014
The brainchild of a former British climate scientist, Bower House Construction takes a sophisticated, nature-first approach to custom treehouses. While there's a childlike appeal to living among the trees, these structures are no flights of fancy, as the following photos demonstrate.
A Bower House Construction Custom Treehouse

Founded by a Simon Parfett, a former climate scientist who wanted to do more work with his hands, Bower House Construction designs and builds custom treehouses out of Bruton, a rural town near Somerset, England. While the entire operation may seem a bit Middle-earth, Parfett's bespoke structures speak to a love of craft and nature. From custom creations for hotels to the small Pod pictured above, a wooden prefab of sorts meant for those looking for an extra room, his designs are as flexible as a sapling. 

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The Tube Treehouse by Bower House Construction

One of the models Parfett designs is the Tube, a slender room that can be built off site. Mellen says the company wants to do more "off-the-peg" designs like the Tube and Pod, to add more affordable and easily integrated models. Each tree house is assembled in pieces via sophisticated computer technology in a warehouse to maximize control and minimize waste and on-site disturbance.

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Bower House Construction tree house with wood staircase and railing

These custom builds are made from sustainable, locally sourced wood and lined with materials like sheep's wool and cellulose for insulation. Marketing manager Matt Mellen says part of the appeal of Bower House is that "people are far more concerned with keeping trees standing, and they see them as a core value of the land. We like to build into and around, integrate the work into nature." 

 

 

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Bower House Construction Treehouse

All Bower House project use corkscrew-like ground anchors to provide stability without damaging a tree's root structure. Natural and recycled materials are used for construction, and custom houses can either be hooked to electrical and plumbing or outfitted with off-the-grid solutions for more sustainable living. 

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Bower House Construction tree house interior with metal tub

Custom designs, however, are the opposite of roughing it. Pictured, an interior of the Fox and Hounds countryside hotel in Devon, a project built around a 250-year-old oak that includes a tower and turrets. 

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Bower House Construction treehouse for the Fox & Hounds Hotel

Parfett's passion involves helping the envionment in a direct way. While all the builds have been done in the UK, he's looking to eventually expand to other countries.

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A Bower House Construction Custom Treehouse

Founded by a Simon Parfett, a former climate scientist who wanted to do more work with his hands, Bower House Construction designs and builds custom treehouses out of Bruton, a rural town near Somerset, England. While the entire operation may seem a bit Middle-earth, Parfett's bespoke structures speak to a love of craft and nature. From custom creations for hotels to the small Pod pictured above, a wooden prefab of sorts meant for those looking for an extra room, his designs are as flexible as a sapling. 

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