At RicoRock, we’re always looking for new ways to innovate and think outside of the box. This treehouse, complete with a pool cave, is our latest creation that we’re excited to show off.
Go Big or Go Home
This treehouse was completely unplanned! Originally, we just wanted to create a simple structure with a view of the pool that could be used as a fun hang out spot. When we realized that we didn’t have any HOAs to worry about in the woods, though, we decided to really go big with it.
Safe and Sustainable Design
Our team used stones from the pool excavation to build the walls around the pool pumps and filter. We then included concrete backfill and rebar to ensure that the walls were structurally sound (safety first!). From here, we figured out that we’d be able to add a roof or a deck as well as the treehouse.
Not only is this treehouse an impressive-looking structure, but it’s also a sustainable one. The cedar siding, rails, and posts are all locally sourced. The windows and the door are recycled, too.
A One-of-a-Kind Cave
Built using commercial bridge engineering, we designed the cave to have a natural feel, similar to the xenotes (or cenotes) of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. We didn’t want it to seem like the typical rectangular vault that’s been the norm for the last 50 years; the goal was for this to be a special, unique project.
This was our first attempt at creating a stream waterfall, too, and it serves as an excellent focal point for the cave. We wanted to add some Texas flair as well, so we included plants that are native to the Texas Hill Country, including agaves and cacti. To ensure everyone can see when the sun goes down, we illuminated the pool using Hayward LED lights.
Create Your Dream Treehouse Today
Are you interested in creating a similar version of this treehouse-cave combo in your backyard? Contact us today to learn more.