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The Treehouse Project is about creating comfortable treetop hideaways that promote a model of sustainability for the future.
The Treehouse Project is about creating comfortable treetop hideaways that promote a model of sustainability for the future.
The Treehouse Project is about creating comfortable treetop hideaways that promote a model of sustainability for the future.
232 backers pledged $34,045 to help bring this project to life.

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The Treehouse Project

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Remember what it felt like to be young, when you could be anyone you wanted and go anywhere in the world, just by daydreaming? Children know— when you’re in a treehouse, you’re in a whole different world. It’s a special hideaway held aloft by arms stronger than your own. A place where adventure is unlimited and creativity comes easily. The Treehouse Project is all about experiencing the best parts of childhood as adults.

With your help, we will build the world’s first Living Building Challenge eco-certified treehouse, a luxurious, offbeat retreat in some of the last old growth forest in the Tennessee Valley. Children dream of an amazing treehouse escape. Adults do, too. But adults also have the wisdom to see that their dream needs to be sustainable.

Part glamping, part boutique hotel, we plan to create unique treehouses that combine the creature comforts you’ve come to appreciate as an adult–luxurious beds, climate control, and the fastest internet in the Western Hemisphere–with the peaceful beauty of being up in the canopy, far beyond the demands of day-to-day life. The Living Building Challenge certification means that our treehouses will be net-positive, creating more electricity and water than they consume, and meeting rigorous energy standards.

At the foot of picturesque Lookout Mountain, just minutes from downtown Chattanooga, The Treehouse Project has the perfect site that combines the best of southeast Tennessee’s incredible natural wonders, biodiversity, and outdoor recreation with access to amazing restaurants, arts, and culture in a bustling mid-sized city.

Five to thirty minutes in any direction you can rock climb, hike, kayak, paddleboard, bicycle, enjoy five star cuisine, tour museums and galleries, see national and local bands perform live, discover artisan goods or shop at major brands like J Crew and Anthropologie, sip cocktails by expert mixologists, or enjoy locally brewed beer and whiskey at nearby watering holes.

We already have a head start on bringing our vision to life. Our team is made up of proven entrepreneurs with strong heads for business and for what will succeed in the Chattanooga startup scene. Enoch Elwell is co-founder of The Company Lab, a high-growth startup accelerator that focuses on a mentorship model. Andrew Alms has a background in land and organizational development. Together they have a solid understanding of how to not only build fantastic, eco-friendly treehouses that are beautiful, comfortable, and meant to last, they have the skills to ensure this business lasts as long as the trees it’s built on have been growing.

Founders, Enoch and Andrew
Founders, Enoch and Andrew

The Treehouse Project already has an amazing parcel of land near the world-famous Rock City Gardens, complete with a small bubbling spring that runs year round, gorgeous views, and incredible stands of beech, poplars, oaks, pines, Eastern Red cedars, ash, black walnut, sycamore, shagbark hickories, and even a pear tree. We’ve already been hard at work scouting the land, clearing out the underbrush, and prepping the trees for their new role. There’s room not only for the initial treehouse, but many more, along with future plans for an event space and other developments.

Our huge beech tree over the creek
Our huge beech tree over the creek

We also have some visionary partners who believe in The Treehouse Project and are incredibly excited about bringing it to life. Rock City, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Green|Spaces, Tennessee River Gorge Trust, SUPChattanooga, Mayfly Coffee, Bike Chattanooga, Forman Pottery, and Granola Products outdoor gear have all pledged to help us bring our dream of a magical, sustainable treehouse retreat to life. Several have even offered to provide killer rewards for those who donate to our Kickstarter.

Which is where you come in.

We need you to help us write the Treehouse Project story. We have an amazing prologue here, but we need your contributions to write the first chapter. The Treehouse Project needs $33,333 dollars to build the first treehouse. This will fund building materials, infrastructure like electricity and plumbing, and the funds to get The Treehouse Project up and running as a fully operational hospitality business with all the amenities.

Imagine for a minute your dream treehouse from childhood, and your dream vacation as an adult. Combine the two into one amazing picture in your head. Now picture yourself bringing that fantasy into reality with just one small contribution. You can be a part of writing the Treehouse Project story–a tale of nostalgia, creativity, and imagination. We want you to join us up here where dreamers dwell, high up in the canopy, where we know anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Back the Treehouse Project, get amazing rewards, and climb up here with us. Don’t forget to bring the ladder up behind you!

Treehouse Design #1
Treehouse Design #1

 Here are some pictures of the spectacular rewards that you can get for backing our project:

The Adventure Fanny Pack
The Adventure Fanny Pack
The Adventure Day Pack
The Adventure Day Pack
The VIP Guest Rejuvenation Pack
The VIP Guest Rejuvenation Pack
A Sample Sign for the Corporate Package
A Sample Sign for the Corporate Package

Now you've seen it! Grab the good stuff while it lasts and book your night sleeping in the trees!

 

Risks and challenges

Our goal is to have the first treehouse open by March. We have a background in carpentry and plan to put our own handy work into the project. That said, winter weather is unpredictable, and this winter is supposed to be unusually harsh. That being said, even a harsh winter in Tennessee is unlikely to delay construction much. We have built the challenges of undergoing construction during the winter into our timeline.

We consider this a very low-risk project because we plan to do so much of the work ourselves and have the support of so many organizations who see the huge benefit the Treehouse Project will have for Chattanooga and the Southeast. There are many people and partners who are extremely motivated to see this project come to fruition. All we need is the support and enthusiasm of our future Treehouse friends. We hope you’ll be one of them!

As a Kickstarter contributor, we’ll send you regular updates on construction progress and exciting new developments at The Treehouse Project!

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    Thanks a bunch! Hugs & high-fives for you!
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    Glad you're a fan! We will send you a first edition Sleep In A Tree sticker, as well as a limited run "thank you" postcard signed by the founders with exclusive construction photos. Don't worry, we'll include the cyber hugs & high-fives too when we mention you on our website as a backer.

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    Thanks for supporting us! We'll permanently carve or woodburn your name into the trailhead signpost on the property, so you can become a part of the legacy. Postcard + sticker + high-fives + website mention all still apply.

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    Looking for a gift for your treehouse dreamer? Share this handcrafted necklace pendant designed by White Fang Outfitters with an etched Treehouse of Life featuring a representation of our first treehouse + all of the previous rewards.

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    This Adventure Fanny Pack has everything you need to spark a memorable experience. The locally made Granola Products Fanny Pack is stuffed full of tickets for Rock City, L2 Paddleboarding, & Bike Chattanooga, along with Mayfly portable pour-over coffee and a classic Barlow knife to help avoid the emergencies faced by modern adventurers. You'll also receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website.

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    This special Adventure Day Pack by Granola Products has our branding, and is filled with the most important adventure provisions: A Stanley thermos with 10 packs of Mayfly portable pour-over coffee, your very own vintage-style chrome flashlight, and a warm wool army blanket. It's also stuffed with tickets to trending Chattanooga attractions including Rock City, L2 Paddleboarding, & Bike Chattanooga. You'll also receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. (This package is worth over $240 in retail value. Owning this unique collection while making the Treehouse Project happen-- now that's priceless.)

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    Night in the Treehouse + Prebooking: Congratulations! As an early adopter, you have secured one of very few discounted treehouse nights and the third round of advance bookings. Don't wait and let these get away! In addition to having third-round preference on initial bookings, you'll receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015. Giftable certificates can be delivered by Dec 22nd.

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    Night in the Treehouse + Preferential Booking: You are one of our first major backers. As an early adopter, you are one of the few to get access to a very limited number of extra discounted treehouse nights and the second round of advanced bookings. Don't wait and let these get away! In addition to having second-round preference on initial bookings, you'll receive you'll receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015. Giftable certificates can be delivered by Dec 22nd.

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    Treehouse Night+Prebooking - Be a trend-setter! This level gets you a night in a treehouse, with third round booking preference for the upcoming year. In addition to being one of our first guests, you’ll receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015. Giftable certificates can be delivered by December 22.

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    Night in the Treehouse + Early Bird First Choice Booking Special: As one of our major backers you will be able to book your stay the first day we open reservations! As an early adopter, you are one of the few to get access to a very limited number of extra discounted treehouse nights. Don't wait and let these get away! In addition to having first pick on initial bookings, you'll receive you'll receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015. Giftable certificates can be delivered by Dec 22nd.

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    Treehouse Night+Preferential Booking - You're a few clicks away from staying in a treehouse! This level gets you a night in the treehouse with second round booking preference for the upcoming year. In addition to planning your 2015 getaway, you’ll receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015. Giftable certificates can be delivered by December 22.

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    Night in the Treehouse + First Choice Booking - means you get the best weekends! You will be able to book your stay on the very first day that reservations open. In addition to planning your 2015 getaway, you’ll receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015. Giftable certificates can be delivered by Dec 22nd.

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    Night in the Treehouse within the first week - You will be one of the first guests ever to stay the night in the world's first Living Building Certified treehouse. That’s a lot of firsts! As a VIP guest, you will also receive a Rejuvenation Package including a custom-made limited production Treehouse Project mug, Stanley Thermos, and a 10-pack of Mayfly portable pour-over coffee. In addition to all these treats for your getaway, you’ll receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015. Giftable certificates can be delivered by December 22nd.

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    The Unicorn - We wanted to reward one special supporter with a big, amazing surprise. You don't know what the Unicorn will be, but you know it's going to be good. Could it be your very own guided mystery adventure for two? A journey hundreds of feet below the earth? A Huckleberry Finn adventure on the river? There’s only way to find out what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience… What we can tell you is that in addition to your Unicorn surprise reward, you’ll get a night in the treehouse and receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website.

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    Give the gift that will keep on giving throughout the year with our Timeshare Reward. You’ll get 4 treehouse nights at a 34% discount. These are the lowest prices we’ve ever offered, and we're doing it because we love you. You'll have second round booking preference for your stay(s).

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    First Weekend Stay - Be the first ever to spend the night in the world's first Living Building Certified treehouse. As a VIP guest, you will also receive the Adventure Fanny Pack as well as a Rejuvenation Package including a custom made limited production Treehouse Project mug, Stanley Thermos, and a ten-pack of Mayfly portable pour-over coffee. In addition to all these treats for your getaway, you’ll receive the sticker, postcard, and your name on our signpost & website. Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015. Giftable certificates can be delivered by Dec 22nd.

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    Why limit yourself to one night of adventure? This Deluxe Timeshare package includes 8 treehouse nights in the first year at a 43% discount from regular pricing. That's a deal you'll only see once-- before our Kickstarter Campaign ends! You'll have second round booking preference for your stay(s). You lucky devil, you.

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    Corporate Treehouse Package - Have you ever daydreamed about inviting your out of town guests to stay in your corporate treehouse? Do you want your company’s middle name to be Adventure? We want to make that possible! When your guests arrive at the treehouse, they will find a custom laser etched wood nameplate on the door with your logo, and will be given a special Rejuvenation Package. This reward level gets you four nights in the first year with third round booking preference, + a custom name plate on the treehouse door for your guests + mention as a Corporate Sponsor on the Website + a panel with company name or logo on trailhead signpost + the sticker & postcard! Treehouse nights will be available beginning March 2015.

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