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This is a Treehouse Masters post.

Journey Inside Cee Lo Green's Wondrous Treehouse Studio
Unique Washington recording space gets featured on Animal Planet's 'Treehouse Masters'

Hidden just outside Seattle in the natural beauty of Woodinville, Washington, Bear Creek Studio blends world-class recording with a relaxing retreat. Artist including the Lumineers, Lionel Richie, Built to Spill and Soundgarden spent time wandering among the trees and laying down tracks in the large cabin-like studio space. Now, as part of the winter season finale of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters (which airs this Friday), the Bear Creek complex boasts a new studio amidst the branches. The episode details the design and construction of a treehouse studio and concludes with a christening visit and performance by Cee Lo Green.

While Treehouse Masters host and builder Pete Nelson might look more like youth pastor than rocker, he's actually a knowledgeable music lover. He hosts a summer concert series at his Treehouse Point retreat in nearby Fall City, Washington, and has even been known to frequent South by Southwest scouting out and inviting artists to come play. "I heard about how much of a music fan Pete was," says Bear Creek proprietor and producer Ryan Hadlock. "We invited him out to come see the place, and he immediately knew a lot of the pictures [we have up]. He saw a picture of me and Stephen and was like, ‘That's Stephen Malkmus!' It's like, wow, not everyone knows Stephen Malkmus. It seemed like a really cool fit."

The treehouse studio rests in a Western Redcedar and anchored to seven neighboring trees for support. Inside, the two-story structure combines cabin chic with modern recording sophistication. It's designed as a one-on-one space for recording vocals and acoustic guitar. Special thick cork panels dampen the sound and let the reverberations drift up into the high ceiling. The treehouse should offer an alternative to performers who might be suffering from writer's block in Bear Creek's main studio.

While Ryan runs the operations now days, Bear Creek Studio is a family affair. Ryan's father Joe founded the space in 1977 and helped Nelson design the treehouse studio. And Ryan's wife can often be found chasing around their young son and daughter as they scurry around the property.

For Cee Lo's part, Treehouse Masters marks another stop on The Voice judge's ever-expanding IMDB credits, which range from American Dad to the upcoming Goodie Mob reality show on TBS, Cee Lo Green's The Good Life. The only televised itch he still wants to scratch is a dramatic one. "I've become most synonymous with my sense of style; sense of humor," Cee Lo says. "I haven't done anything serious, so I would like to a drama of some sort. I would like to be a gang leader on Sons of Anarchy or own a lemonade stand on Boardwalk Empire."

Who else is totally obsessed with this show? New goal in life: owning a fucking badass treehouse.
black_swan87 1st-Mar-2014 12:49 am (UTC)
Do they make treehouses with elevators because I'm really not into the idea of climbing
alaynestone 1st-Mar-2014 12:51 am (UTC)
He makes some with stairs, but I've never seen an elevator. I think you can make it happen tho.
ahshit 1st-Mar-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
of sorts
saintclaire87 1st-Mar-2014 12:50 am (UTC)
I have always wanted a tree house, ever since I was a little kid.
nutmegdealer 1st-Mar-2014 01:09 am (UTC)
me too. a fancy, eco friendly tree house with rope swings and lots of windows.
evilfriends 1st-Mar-2014 01:18 am (UTC)
same. my dad told me to build my own and i was like yeahhh this is a bad idea.
evenstarnikki 1st-Mar-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
...that is not at all a job for kids to do. heights + tools - the strength or knowledge to apply it? i don`t think so, man. :-P
evilfriends 1st-Mar-2014 04:15 am (UTC)
Haha yeah. I think I even tried to tell him that if I built it it was going to be very unsafe/lopsided. Nobody would've wanted to hang out in there that's for sure.
evilfriends 1st-Mar-2014 04:13 am (UTC)
The sad thing is my dad's the opposite of lazy. He never stops working. He gets up at 4:30-5 o'clock in the morning even on his days off and works on something in the house if it's cold outside or he's outside/working in the garage. He's also the guy in the family that everybody calls if they have a problem. I think he just truly thought that I didn't want a treehouse that bad and that after it was built I'd be bored of it. Which is definitely not true because I'm 22 now and I still want one.
chilli_cheese 1st-Mar-2014 01:06 am (UTC)
i love this show! i wish they showed more building process and less fluff and repeating stuff every ep.
alaynestone 1st-Mar-2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, I love Pete Nelson and he's a super entertaining guy, but I wish we saw more of the interior building process.
flowerssleeping 1st-Mar-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
mte, like every ep he gets called away to look at some random treehouse. i just want to see the build.
alaynestone 1st-Mar-2014 02:00 am (UTC)
He goes off to fix some beautiful treehouses tho. Like the one inspired by Norwegian stave churches:

So I don't mind that bit every ep.
miss_pants 1st-Mar-2014 04:34 am (UTC)
This actually looks way more interesting than the one in the post. Are there more pictures?
evenstarnikki 1st-Mar-2014 01:18 am (UTC)
i hate that it`s on animal planet. :-/ seems like something for home & garden or discovery.

it`s a cool show, of course. i just want my orangutan island back. :-P
alaynestone 1st-Mar-2014 01:36 am (UTC)
AP has a lot of home-centered shows on lately. Like Epic Log Homes (which is AWESOME, but feels like it should be on Discovery).
evenstarnikki 1st-Mar-2014 02:49 am (UTC)
LOG HOMES? man, fuck animal planet. :-P
funk2funky 1st-Mar-2014 01:29 am (UTC)
I recently discovered you can have a house built that's then covered by a mound of dirt so it looks like a Hobbit house, and I want that for myself.

alaynestone 1st-Mar-2014 01:36 am (UTC)
I want.
wellalr1ght 1st-Mar-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
Apparently my brother in law has been on this show a few times but I haven't seen any of the eps
ahshit 1st-Mar-2014 01:51 am (UTC)
whats his name
wellalr1ght 1st-Mar-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
rachem_chul 1st-Mar-2014 03:54 am (UTC)
I just saw an episode with him a couple of weeks ago.
luckythree3 1st-Mar-2014 01:49 am (UTC)
I didn't watch the vid but I wonder how CeeLo's cat is. 
willow_diamond 1st-Mar-2014 02:11 am (UTC)
WHY IS THIS ON ANIMAL PLANET THOUGH? AP has really been pissing me off lately. NatGeo Wild is what animal planet should be.
rachem_chul 1st-Mar-2014 03:54 am (UTC)
I love this show! Pete Nelson seems like the nicest guy.
miss_sarac 1st-Mar-2014 08:10 am (UTC)
I love Pete so much. My kids and I just want to like hang out with him. I love how much he loves trees.
therearewords 1st-Mar-2014 12:24 pm (UTC)
One day I will own a tree house.
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