Stilt Treehouse vs. Real Treehouse hotel - court judgement from Germany

When is a treehouse a real treehouse?

This is the topic our friend and “real” treehouse builder Hans Maassen has been working on. Together with his wife, he runs the beautiful Treehouse Hostel Bockhop. After he had taken all the trouble of building a real tree house and opened the hotel, he had to notice again and again that other providers call themselves “tree house hotel”, although some of them only offer stilt houses, some of which are not even 1 m (3 ft) above the ground.

Hans is right to be annoyed, we think!

"Real treehouse", only anchored in tree, in the treehouse hostel Bockhop

Here is a “real treehouse” from the treehouse hostel Bockhop, which is only supported by the tree. This means higher demands on location, more planning effort and a more demanding assembly!

Here is the guest article by Hans Maassen:

 

 

Court decision treehouse:

“Legally, the issue has now been clarified in Germany. The Regional Court of Stade has determined in its ruling that a house that is not supported by at least one tree may not be advertised as a treehouse.

The OLG Celle has confirmed the ruling by dismissing the appeal. It is now clear that ‘treehouse hotels’ that only offer stilt houses but advertise with the term treehouse are acting unfairly!”

 

Treehouse vs. House on Stilts:

“So far so good!

Basically, I have no objections at all to stilt houses. Whenever there are no trees or trees that are too small, a house on stilts is a great alternative. I also know of stilt houses that are absolutely top-notch in terms of both construction and equipment.

However, the distinction between treehouses and stilt houses is very important in a commercial context. As the operator of a treehouse hotel, you are at a considerable competitive disadvantage compared to suppliers of treehouses on stilts!

Try to find a building plot with 120-year-old oak trees. Storm insurance for a treehouse? No way! Lightning conductor, nope! No one dares to calculate the statics! The choice of building contractors who build treehouses is very limited! Costs, service life, maintenance effort, size, …”

"Real treehouse", only anchored in tree, in the treehouse hostel Bockhop

Real treehouses are the supreme discipline and a guaranteed crowd puller. For the operators of treehouse hotels, however, a “real treehouse” also means: higher demands on the building site, more complex planning, more risk and higher costs overall.

Hurray for real treehouses!

“Enough whining! We build real treehouses! Not because it’s easy, but because we love it!

Every real treehouse is unique and usually built with a lot of sweat, blood and love. Putting 6,500 kg in two oak trees fills me with pride, but when a stilt house hotel advertises with the slogan: “The light swinging of the construction lulls you to sleep.” All I can say is: call a structural engineer, there’s something wrong with your foundations!

Kind regards

Hans”

(Text by Hans Maassen – Treehouse Hostel Bockhop, 5. July 2023)

 

 

 

Links to the Hans:

Baumhaus-Herberge Bockhop

NDR Television

TREEHOUSE SCREWS

SCREW ACCESSORIES

Treehouse Assembly Kits

TREEHOUSE ASSEMBLY KITS

TOOLS

SALE

Treehouse Soft Goods - Clothes, Books, Goodies

SOFT GOODS

GERMAN TREEHOUSE SCREW

OUR PRODUCT GUIDE

ATTACHMENT METHODS

SUPPORTING ELEMENTS

what does a platform construction look like treehouse shop

PLATFORM CONSTRUCTIONS

TREEHOUSE DESIGN

Wie groß kann mein Baumhaus werden Gewicht Größe Bau Dimensionen treehouse shop

HOW BIG CAN IT GET?

Brauche ich eine Genehmigung für meinen Baumhaus Bau

BUILDING LAW & PERMIT

TREEHOUSE COSTS

what does a platform construction look like treehouse shop

WHICH TREE IS BEST?

what does a platform construction look like treehouse shop

DO SCREWS HARM THE TREE?

100% MADE IN GERMANY

WE ARE: THE TREEHOUSE SHOP

Treehouse Customer Self Build DIY

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Treehouse Blog

BLOG

WE WILL BUILD YOUR TREEHOUSE!

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

FAQ

Hi treehouse friends!

We will be happy to help you! Please check our FAQ section first – there, we have already answered the most common questions for you.

In order to be able to advise you optimally, we need:

  • Sketches (drawn by hand is OK)
  • Position and height of the platform
  • Position and size of the treehouse
  • Photos of the trees
  • Tree diameter ø at the height of the platform
  • Tree species
  • Distance between trees (if more than one)
  • Use of the treehouse (many people, public, …)
  • Particularly stormy or snowy region?

 

“Since I often hang in trees or work with loud machines, it’s best to contact me via email. The more concrete your idea and the more detailed the description, the better I can help you – thank you!”

Vitus Wahlländer – Owner of TheTreehouse.Shop

+49 17623339648

www.thetreehouse.shop

Dürnbachstraße 16a, 83727 Schliersee, Germany

Kontaktiere uns!

Gerne helfen wir Dir weiter. Bitte check vorher unseren FAQ-Bereich, dort haben wir die gängigsten Fragen bereits beantwortet.

Um Dich optimal beraten zu können, benötigen wir:

  • Skizzen (gerne von Hand gekritzelt)
  • Lage und Höhe der Plattform
  • Position und Größe des Baumhauses
  • Fotos von den Bäumen
  • Baumdurchmesser ø auf Höhe der Plattform
  • Baumart
  • Abstand der Bäume (falls mehrere)
  • Nutzen vom Baumhaus (viele Personen, öffentlich, …)
  • Besonders Sturm oder Schneereiche Region?

 

„Da ich oft in den Bäumen hänge oder mit lauten Maschinen arbeite, kontaktiere mich am besten via E-Mail. Je konkreter Deine Idee und je detaillierter die Beschreibung, desto besser kann ich Dir weiterhelfen – Danke!“

 

Vitus Wahlländer – Chef 

+49 17623339648

www.thetreehouse.shop

Dürnbachstraße 16a, 83727 Schliersee, Deutschland

0
    0
    Shopping cart
    The cart is empty.Back to shop