In which states has Nelson Treehouse and Supply created treehouses?
In addition to privately owned, personal treehouses, Nelson Treehouse and Supply builds commercial structures as well. As treehouses become more accepted as a legitimate form of architecture, interest has grown in the hotel industry, bed and breakfast industry, and summer camp industry. Museums, public parks, playgrounds, zip line builders and attractions of all kinds have contacted us for treehouse design, building, and consulting. Market-savvy home builders are using treehouses to attract high-end home buyers, and land developers are adding treehouses to master planned communities to stand out among their competition.
While we do not aim to build every treehouse, we do wish to attract serious projects that recognize Nelson Treehouse and Supply as the leader in its field – or forest. We have a responsive design and planning team that can meet budgets and timelines, while retaining a flair for the appropriate style from contemporary to classic, from industrial to whimsical.
What about price?
The most common question we get regarding the building aspect of Nelson Treehouse and Supply is "How much does a treehouse cost?"
It varies, of course, but here is some information that may help answer the question. Our jobs are bid as Time And Material Estimates and we mark up both by 25 percent for profit and overhead. Expenses associated with transportation, lodging, and per diems are not marked up and are billed directly to the client.
Most treehouses - approximately 200 square feet of fully finished floor space on average - take anywhere from 600 to 1000 man-hours to complete, depending on the level of finish the client prefers. The average hourly rate for our carpenters is $55. As a rule, the cost of materials is almost equal to the cost of labor. Add to that the 25% profit and overhead figure on labor and materials, and then the expense of mobilizing and housing the crew (usually 20% of the total cost of construction).
Using the figures above yields a wide range; from $90,000 to $150,000 to complete a fully functioning, "year round" Nelson Treehouse. Not included in these figures are the costs of bringing utilities to the house. Nelson Treehouse and Supply is not licensed to perform electrical, gas, or plumbing work, though we can contract directly with sub-trades to see that these aspects of the job are properly completed. Also absent from these figures are Site Visit and Design expenses.
Hopefully this provides a basic understanding of the costs associated with building a treehouse. Keep in mind, Nelson Treehouse and Supply can build a very basic, platform-and-stair-only type of structure (for clients who want to build the rest of the house themselves), often for less than $20,000. We can also build a well appointed dwelling with detailed finish work and exotic materials that can total more than $300,000.
For those interested in a little more detail about some of the expenses mentioned above, here is a description of each cost-only item: