Recently we reported on the Bunker, a small abode made from a fuel tank. Now, Britain’s Tree Tents have created Fuselage, a flexible cabin that can be suspended above ground from the trees, or if you’re feeling daring, hung from a cliff.
The Fuselage is 17 ft. long and 9.5 ft. wide, and is made from a sustainable wooden frame with a recycled aluminum exterior. The cabin is delivered in a flat pack that takes the Tree Tents team two to four days to assemble.
When assembling the home, it is installed on stilts on the ground, with no foundation required. But individuals do have the option to suspend their home from trees with a system of ropes and straps. They could even attach the cabin to the side of a mountain.
“Further to stilt mounting the Fuselage, the lightweight, structural airframe can also be fully suspended in the air – be it from trees or the side of a mountain,” says Tree Tents. “The ingenious design of the Fuselage structure is like a whale skeleton but with four backbones. CNC milled, marine plywood ribs are engineered to be as light as possible but work together to spread the loading within the structure. Each rib is spaced along the four aluminum tubes (the backbones) with evenly positioned attachment points from which the suspension wires can be attached. The wires can then be fitted to the trees via large webbing straps or to the rock by bolts.”
In order to step inside the home, an external deck is available that can also be roofed over and turned into an extra room. Inside the space are optional bunk beds, a table, seating that can be turned into a double bed, storage, and large windows to overlook your off-the-grid view. Shown in these pictures, there is no bathroom or kitchen, but Fuselage can be extended to include both of these necessities.
Other optional extras of the Fuselage include a wood-burning stove, air-conditioning, a full off-the-grid power setup with solar panels and batteries, and timber cladding instead of the aluminum.
The potentially cliff-hanging cabin starts at approximately $33,000.
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