One of the models Parfett designs is the Tube, a slender room that can be built off site. Mellen says the company wants to do more "off-the-peg" designs like the Tube and Pod, to add more affordable and easily integrated models. Each tree house is assembled in pieces via sophisticated computer technology in a warehouse to maximize control and minimize waste and on-site disturbance.
These custom builds are made from sustainable, locally sourced wood and lined with materials like sheep's wool and cellulose for insulation. Marketing manager Matt Mellen says part of the appeal of Bower House is that "people are far more concerned with keeping trees standing, and they see them as a core value of the land. We like to build into and around, integrate the work into nature."
All Bower House project use corkscrew-like ground anchors to provide stability without damaging a tree's root structure. Natural and recycled materials are used for construction, and custom houses can either be hooked to electrical and plumbing or outfitted with off-the-grid solutions for more sustainable living.