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