Treehouse Masters

Continuing Friday / 10:00pm Animal Planet 60 min.
People who know and work with Pete Nelson describe him as a tree whisperer. For his part, Nelson lets the trees do the talking. He's a world-renowned treehouse designer and builder, and this series documents the work he and his team of craftsmen -- including his son Charlie -- do to create incredible homes and busines ses in nature's canopy. Pete uses a combination of science and art to realize clients' sky-high aspirations of magnificent multibedroom treehouses with elaborate kitchens and bathrooms, or simpler, peaceful one-room escapes. Other backyard escapes featured in the series include a spa retreat, a brewery, and a honeymoon suite. ``We awaken that inner child who dreams of living among the trees,'' Pete says.

Season 8

13 Episodes

Two retirees get a retreat on their 100-acre Wisconsin farm; Pete builds a barnlike birdhouse with three separate pods -- an art studio, an office and a lounge -- complete with a screened-in porch and a deck overlooking their stable of alpacas.
Sep 01 2017
Pete and his team descend upon Virginia for the first time to bring the tree house revolution to Bella Rose Plantation; drawing on the architectural innovations of Thomas Jefferson, Pete designs a luxurious two-story tree house with colonial columns.
Aug 25 2017
Pete descends upon western Washington to make a tree house for action and relaxation; with a 55-foot-long bouncy-bridge entryway into a 20-foot-high structure and a zip line that travels through the forest, this tree house generates non-stop thrills.
Aug 18 2017
Getting lost in the forest for some behind-the-scenes fun with tree house master Pete Nelson as he uncovers never-before-seen footage, bloopers and loads of extra tree house tours, including a new peek inside Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s arboreal escape.
Aug 11 2017
The NTS team leave their tents behind and head to New Jersey to build a campers' retreat for an outdoor-loving couple; with a screened-in porch, floating barbecue deck and cozy hanging bed, this Adirondack style tree-cabin puts glamping in the trees.
Aug 11 2017
Pete and his gang ride out to the Lone Star State to build a double-decker hideout in Texas Hill Country; Pete creates rustic perfection in six live oak trees with a saloon-style first floor for sippin' sarsaparilla and a glass floor for views below.
Aug 04 2017
Pete takes on his first international tree house in Norway; working alongside a local builder named Frode, the one-of-a-kind, 24-foot-high retreat accommodates eight and allows for stunning views of the nearby lake.
Aug 04 2017
Pete surprises two lucky winners to receive complete, top-to-bottom, $20,000 renovations of their existing tree houses, giving old, rundown childhood structures much needed repairs, remodels and complete makeovers.
Feb 03 2017
Pete pushes his design skills to create an owl-inspired tree house library in Charlotte, N.C.; evoking the face of the bird and using all sorts of curves, including rounded walls and semi-circle bookcases, the crew builds a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Jan 27 2017
Pete treks to New York's Catskill Mountains to build his first glass house in the sky; piecing materials together like a puzzle, Pete uses his clients' collection of 50 vintage windows to construct an elegant tree house encased by walls of glass.
Jan 20 2017
Pete and NTS build a tree house for the For-Mar Nature Preserve just outside Flint, Mich.; the 5-platform nature headquarters serves as a positive addition to a community still reeling from the water crisis that began in 2014.
Jan 13 2017
Pete journeys to the pine-forested splendor of Scandinavia to explore Norway's magical TreeTop Hotel and Sweden's floating Treehotel, with tree homes suspended by cables and accessed only by retractable ladders.
Jan 06 2017
Pete and his merry men trek to the Blue Ridge Mountains to build a treehouse for one of their own: carpenter Mike Reynolds. Sitting 16 feet high, it will be the perfect rustic guesthouse to host friends and family.
Dec 23 2016

Season 7

8 Episodes

Pete builds a half spaceship, half horseshoe crab, zinc-wrapped treehouse at state-of-the-art kids camp, Camp Southern Ground, at the request of country music superstar Zac Brown.
Sep 16 2016
Pete explores tree houses worldwide that tap into one's inner spirits; a manta-ray-shaped tree house within a Thai jungle; a spirit-soothing retreat hidden in Australia's wilderness.
Sep 09 2016
Pete heads to Michigan to help a husband surprise his wife with a Swiss Family Robinson inspired treehouse for their anniversary! Far more advanced than its castaway motivation, the treehouse uses steel beams to hold tons of modern amenities.
Sep 02 2016
Pete's son Charlie oversees the latest project, which happens to be a live-in Washington resort and spa, home base for himself on 23 acres of forest.
Aug 26 2016
Pete builds a triple-decker treehouse with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and more, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, on the shores of Kentucky's Lake Barkley
Jul 29 2016
Pete constructs a tasting room, high above the apple orchards, for Walden, NY hard cider company Angry Orchard.
Jul 22 2016
Pete and the NTS gang embark on an epic quest to give a thrill-seeking couple the treehouse of their dreams -- an adventure headquarters in the sky sitting 16 feet high in 3 cedars with a wraparound deck that provides 360 degree of stunning views.
Jul 15 2016
Surrounded by fields of red poppies and intertwined within a giant live oak, Pete creates a dining room tree house with a Provence countryside feel as part of a French restaurant.
Jul 08 2016

Season 6

9 Episodes

Busy film industry clients in Fayetteville, Ga. request a treehouse on their exuberant 63-acre plot of land, inspired by mid-century architecture and equipped with a zip line.
Mar 11 2016
Adventurous Texas family, living on a 200-acre ranch, want a camouflaged treehouse that also serves as a guest house.
Mar 04 2016
Pete hands the reins over to Roderick for the next build; a spiral staircase wrapped in branches, a hexagonal tower with elegant stained glass windows and a 360 degree observation platform.
Feb 26 2016
Pete builds ski lodge-style treehouse complete with an indoor-outdoor fireplace and a rooftop snowmaker for a ski-loving family.
Feb 19 2016
Pete and his crew reminisce about their adventures and answer questions from fans.
Feb 05 2016
Pete connects with old friends in Canton, NC to build them Zen-like sanctuary in the trees. Battling a record-fast 9-day build window, the team stays calm in constructing a retreat 15-ft high with a picture perfect view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Jan 29 2016
Pete and his team embark on a quest to an idyllic farm in Waxhaw, NC with orders to craft an elegant English retreat with a hanging bed fit for a queen. But one thing might stand in the way of Pete and his holy grail of pastoral treehouse builds...goats!
Jan 22 2016
Pete and the crew round-up the magnificent seven of cypresses alongside the Frio River and mosey on down to Leakey, Texas to build a gigantic, Texas-sized treehouse with the longest bridge in NT&S history.
Jan 15 2016
Pete and his crew are tasked with building a nature center, 14 feet off the ground at 10,000-acre nature preserve, Dogwood Canyon in Lampe, Missouri, established by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, for the company's upcoming Christmas party.
Dec 18 2015

Season 5

9 Episodes

Inspired by South American treehouse maestro Richard Brunnelli, Pete builds a hexagonal live-in treehouse for a Treehouse Workshop graduate in coastal Oregon.
Sep 18 2015
Pete and the crew join a group of young carpenters from Sawhorse Revolution, an organization that introduces carpentry to students with community service projects, to build a treehouse escape.
Sep 11 2015
Pete goes to Nebraska to build a tree house for a fun-loving family who enjoy music, writing and the occasional happy hour.
Aug 28 2015
A summer camp for kids with cancer on Long Island gets a clubhouse with a crow's nest and a peekaboo roof that encourages interaction with nature.
Aug 21 2015
Pete returns to two of his first builds to reconstruct, revamp, and revitalize a pair of treehouses in need of major makeovers. These fixes prove to be more than just a remodel job when Pete and his team give both treehouses a brand new life in the trees.
Aug 07 2015
Meeting up with South American treehouse impresario Ricardo Brunelli in the heart of Brazil; treehouse travels from the city of Sao Paulo to the farmlands of Parana.
Jul 31 2015
Pete finds inspiration in old tales to build a mesmerizing treehouse, with a curved turret that soars two stories high and a deck to take in the amazing sights, over the stems of a twisty silver maple on the shore of Lake Chelan.
Jul 24 2015
Pete gathers up the posse to build a Wild West-themed treehouse in North Bend, Washington; they build a horseshoe-shaped construct with a bedroom, county jail loft, and genuine copper ceiling set 15-feet high in a solitary Douglas Fir.
Jul 17 2015
Pete Nelson uproots an existing treehouse from the family-owned bed & breakfast Treehouse Point to build a custom-made treehouse as a housewarming gift for his daughter, Emily.
Jul 10 2015

Season 4

10 Episodes

On this special episode Pete and the NTS crew build the “Ultimate Treehouse” for the lucky winner of the Ultimate Treehouse Giveaway.
Apr 17 2015
Pete heads to Louisiana to build his biggest treehouse ever; a record-breaking, 1200 sq ft, tree village features 3 separate levels and a 70 ft bridge that connects to a platform set in a trio of nearby trees.
Mar 06 2015
Captain Pete and his band of scurvy scallywags prepare to hoist a 20-foot high build of treehouse treasure on the Pacific Coast, complete with a 50 ft rope bridge, heated floors and hidden compartments; it's a pirate's life for Pete, YO HO!
Feb 20 2015
A fun and zany behind the scenes look at the show with some of Pete's favorite, never-before-seen moments.
Feb 13 2015
In Kentucky, Pete creates a treehouse with 17-foot-high ceilings and open-frame timber rafters, allowing a couple with a love of tree-climbing to harness up and dangle from both inside and out.
Feb 06 2015
Join Pete on an adventure in Germany with two renowned treehouse builders - Christopher Richter, a former student, and Andreas Wenning, one of the world's most celebrated treehouse architects - as they tour Deutschland and every treehouse they can find!
Jan 30 2015
Pete and his team undertake a sticky challenge and reinvent the classic single-tree treehouse; constructing a magnificent and whimsical beehive-like structure soaring 30-feet high in a majestic Douglas fir.
Jan 23 2015
A Seattle couple want a space for meditation, so Pete uses a pair of maples to build a tree house 20 feet high that features curved walls and views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, as well as three flights of animal-friendly stairs.
Jan 16 2015
A couple who live in a one-room yurt in Portland, Maine, want a space for entertaining, so Pete builds them a tree house 19 feet high that features a rooftop crow's nest, a copper roof and a wall of windows that offers scenic New England views.
Jan 09 2015
A 500 square-foot ski lodge treehouse with a stainless steel candy kitchen and wine bar, 11 feet in the air and among 14 camphor trees is the gift Santa Pete wants to give the candy and wine making Splinter family of Northern California.
Dec 26 2014

Season 3

12 Episodes

An Arizona boy's Make-a-Wish request is granted when Pete designs a tree house with a ramp for his wheelchair and characters from the 2014 film "The Boxtrolls."
Sep 19 2014
Brian Kelley – a Southern gentleman who just happens to be half of superstar country-pop sensation Florida Georgia Line – is dreaming of a treehouse that he can “cruise” to with his gorgeous new wife in their home outside of Nashville. It is a three story whimsical, speakeasy-themed creative space built at the edge of a ravine below their home, perched in two strong oaks and a hickory tree. A sky-high bridge attached to their front porch floats through the tree branches to the second story of the treehouse, allowing the couple to easily access their private refuge. Pete incorporates wood from a treehouse that Brian’s father built for him as a boy, a bedroom, office, writing room, and a fantastic music-recording studio decorated with Guatemalan fabrics and vintage light bulbs.
Aug 15 2014
Pete and Daryl join forces with an inventive treehouse designer to create a sky-high geometric globe for an adventurous and deserving family whose many good works include rescuing lost and stranded hikers in the vast woodlands near their Seattle home. This 30-sided, out-of-this-world treetop orb will be connected to the trees solely by wires.
Aug 08 2014
Pete builds a treehouse that represents the meaning of summer camp, with a glamorous twist, just off the coast of WA. Pete gains inspiration to create a space that includes archery, a rock climbing wall, and enough bunk beds to sleep plenty of “glampers.”
Aug 01 2014
A farm in Wisconsin is the setting for a two-story tree house that features two decks; a loft; a lounge; and an art studio that has storage space for paint and canvases, a slop sink for washing brushes, an easel, drafting tables and a sewing station.
Jul 25 2014
Truly a worldwide phenomenon, treehouses extend to even the farthest corners of our world. Pete travels to Japan to tour with the country’s most beloved, renowned treehouse builder: Takashi Kobayashi. Longtime friend of Pete’s and truly an inspiration to treehouse builders everywhere, Taka takes his American buddy on a whirlwind tour of his greatest creations, including a treehouse bar in the middle of Tokyo, a luxurious spa retreat in the countryside and a touching treetop tribute to children affected by the devastating 2011 tsunami. All the while, Pete experiences the wonders of Japan’s wilds, the quirky excitement of Tokyo, and shares with us traditional Japanese experiences.
Jul 18 2014
Pete and the crew look to Buddha's teachings as they build a traditional Japanese teahouse 20 feet in the air complete with a shoji screen wall, Tatami mats, low table with sunken floor and pagoda style roof for a zen-like paradise in Seattle.
Jul 11 2014
The matriarch of a multi-generational Memphis family with a retreat in a wild bird paradise reaches out to Pete to build a giant bird nest treehouse. This “human nest” will pay homage to the magnificent egret nests that line the family’s lake, and will be housed in two hackberry trees and one sturdy oak.
Jun 27 2014
A couple in Tulsa has two things in common: they are both expert gardeners and they both have Scottish heritage. They enlist Pete to build “something extraordinary” in their backyard by creating a treetop Scottish cottage 10-feet high in a robust pin oak.
Jun 20 2014
Pete revisits his former home – a site where he built his very first treehouses. Revamping old treehouse building techniques with new and improved methods, the team fuses traditional wood with the power of steel, making these Nelson classics brand new.
Jun 13 2014
A Kenyan born author wants a African themed hut in Washington. Pete uses handhewn rustic cedar to build an African-inspired circular hut treehouse complete with aerial walkway, spiral staircase, and thatched roof.
Jun 06 2014
A Texas Dad wants a mancave so he has somewhere to bond with his grandson. Pete builds a 600 square foot Western-style mancave treehouse with cigar humidor, meat smoker, flat screen TV, bathroom, stone walls, and can sleep 5.
May 30 2014

Season 2

7 Episodes

A family from nearby Seattle wants to expand its already famous rural recording studio up into the trees! Up for the challenge, Pete creates a high-tech, two-story recording oasis more than 36 feet tall with in a group of cedar trees. Marrying music and nature, Pete and crew accent the treehouse with rust-colored metal, patterned, textured cork walls and a massive picture window that overlooks the wild salmon creek below. Upon completion, this musical treetop masterpiece is ready for its first recording session when a Grammy-award-winning megastar arrives at the reveal to lay down a brand-new track.
Feb 21 2014
A young couple has big dreams of a lighthouse treehouse atop a seaside seawall along the coast of Northwest Washington. Pete is challenged by the property’s incredibly steep grade and must deliver all of his materials to the site by way of barge only! The octagon-shaped, two-story, white-and-red shingled structure, which is housed among a group of cottonwood trees, features porthole windows, a wrap-around balcony, a nautical-themed interior and rainbow-colored glass. The couple, wanting to truly live off the grid, throws Pete a curve ball by asking him for a rainwater shower system, a composting toilet and supply power (where there is none). Surprisingly, Pete delivers a custom gift for the couple's pampered pooch: a 'backyard' high in the air!
Feb 07 2014
A nature-loving woman in Humboldt County, California, asks Pete and his crew to build a treehouse that pushes their skills to the limit. She feels cramped in her home and wants a permanent residence 60 feet up in the area’s giant redwood trees. Pete and crew take the comforts of home to new heights in this bohemian-chic, tri-level treehouse, which boasts a bathroom, lounge and bedroom loft spread out throughout three floors with low-hanging lights, tapestries, modular furniture and an overall genie-in-a-bottle aesthetic. The owner dreams of being able to see the Pacific Ocean from her cozy forest perch atop the redwood canopy, and Pete knows that he and his crew are the only ones who can deliver!
Jan 31 2014
A large family from Independence, Ohio, runs a nonprofit organization Cornerstone of Hope, which provides grief services to anyone who has lost a family member. The family asks Pete to build a therapeutic space in the trees for Cornerstone of Hope, incorporating the nonprofit’s symbol, the butterfly. Pete jumps at this opportunity as he strongly believes in the unique healing power of trees and treehouses. He designs a butterfly-themed treehouse that stretches across six tree varieties, including a gorgeous cluster of maple, cherry, tulip and beech trees. The treehouse features a 400-square-foot deck, loft space, a butterfly wing-shaped jungle gym, a gigantic climbing net and a breathtaking butterfly chandelier. Pete really goes above and beyond when he outfits the treehouse with mechanical butterflies that can be enjoyed all year round!
Jan 24 2014
Two sisters who run their family’s rural inn in Farmington, Pennsylvania, present Pete with a bear of a task: build an observation treehouse on their 1000-acre property, where they can watch the black bears roaming the land. Pete is a little nervous at first when it comes to his team building in the midst of these wild beasts, but he turns his fear into inspiration by creating his first-ever mid-century decagon treehouse with walls of glass and windows, a wrap-around deck, cathedral ceilings and a closed-circuit bear-cam tracking system nestled among three white oaks and standing more than 20 feet from the ground. For the interior, Pete incorporates mission-style furniture, a roaring fireplace and a handmade oak bar.
Jan 17 2014
Pete builds an incredible, adventure-themed treehouse for a young, exploration-loving family in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. The family calls Pete and his crew to create a massive, two-story jungle masterpiece packed with secret doors and hidden passageways within a cluster of cherry trees! Pete delivers not just one but two bouncy suspension bridges, a daring rock-climbing wall anda living wall containing more than 700 live plants for this colossal treehouse, which overlooks a deep gorge. With a secret sarcophagus entrance, a second-sleeping loft and loads of adventurous novelties, this treehouse is sure to bring the family hours of fun, especially when Pete reveals his tailored, sentimental surprise: a tribute to the family’s beloved grandmother.
Jan 10 2014
Just one day of Christmas cheer isn’t enough for a real-life Santa and Mrs. Claus, who celebrate the season 365 days a year in Southern California. Old St. Nick and the missus call on Pete and his crew to spruce up their yard with some holiday magic. Pete creates a treehouse workshop complete with Santa's red chair, a naughty-or-nice drawbridge, a secret elf trap door, a candy cane and holly access bridge and some miracle Christmas snow...in the California desert!
Dec 15 2013

Season 1

9 Episodes

Jul 26 2013
In the Season 1 finale, Pete builds a honeymoon suite for a couple who want to get married at Treehouse Point, but all of the other accommodations are booked.
Jul 19 2013
A family in Bedford, N.Y., spare no expense for a tree house that features a patio for barbecuing, a living room and a playroom with chalkboards.
Jul 12 2013
Episode Synopsis: A couple in Oregon need extra room when their daughter comes home from college, so Pete builds a guesthouse in a tree.
Jul 05 2013
In search of an inspiring space to begin her first novel, a writer in Rhinebeck, New York calls on Pete to build a hideaway to embrace her creativity but instantly feels blocked when she disagrees with Pete about the chosen tree. Once Pete wins her over, he transforms the tree into a gold-leafed “Spirit House” retreat filled with Buddhist artifacts and uplifting oddities and a loft to rest the brain between chapters.
Jun 28 2013
A barn-theme tavern—complete with a brewing system—that's accessible by a rope bridge 25 feet high is constructed for a family in rural Ohio, and Pete gets help with the project from some Amish neighbors.
Jun 21 2013
A spa retreat on a ranch in Texas presents Pete with several plumbing challenges when he makes room for a steam shower and a Japanese soaking tub.
Jun 14 2013
A Celtic-theme cottage in an olive tree in California features a circular design that includes a fireplace and a rain-maker to mimic damp Irish weather.
Jun 07 2013
Tree-house designer Pete Nelson builds arboreal getaways that are large and ornate or small and simple in this series, which begins with a ranch-style structure in several hackberry trees on a property near Waco, Texas.
May 31 2013