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I built custom homes in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia for many years. The art of creating ocean-view decks high above the water’s edge, tucked into the West Coast landscape, inspired me to look even higher up into the trees.

I have always been passionate about building. My love of nature is was found at 12 years when I built my first treefort. Now, living in Colorado, I have built our flagship – the Litte Red Treehouse – which is a fully functional guest house with a small simple kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and decktop outdoor shower. You are welcome to visit. It will help you brainstorm on what will make you happiest with your own treehouse project.

My goal is to provide the highest level of craftsmanship, combined with innovate design and engineering. Your vision can be as simple as a decktop meditation retreat, or an artist studio, or a couples getaway. I will teach you what I know about making your treehouse an effective and satisfying investment, including the pitfalls that can make these projects difficult.

No matter what you build, my commitment is making your treehouse a place of peace and reflection—embodying your distinct personality.


We have a professional draftsman for projects over 120 square feet. Most counties allow for construction without plans or building permit for structures under that size. Projects over that size will require normal contracting services that include the plans and a building permit.


I carefully select materials that will withstand the unique local climate and support the treehouse for many years to come. We often integrate cedar and other woods with qualities best suited for life high in the treetops.


All key beams are attached to the trees with specialized engineered treehouse hardware, mindful of safety in both design and execution.  All electrical and plumbing will comply with building codes in your area, and we will closely coordinate with you to get the aesthetic finishes that make all the difference to your experience.

- Leam Blackwood,  Founder/Owner


Lyons, CO - © Little Red Treehouse LLC

(303) 324-5917

Colorado Sales Tax License #36454782