Remember the days when having a tree house in your back yard was pretty much the coolest thing ever? If you were the lucky kid on the block who had one, you were definitely the envy of all the other tree house-less kiddos. Well, forget the plywood boards and ropes because tree houses have come a long way since we were kids. This week we were tipped off to this totally memorable and (literally) jaw-dropping tree house. All we gotta say is, this kid is one lucky guy.

Photo courtesy of RULAV site

In the Summer of 2007, an unlucky pop found himself reluctantly committed to building a treehouse for his son. Instead of throwing together a slapstick job, the project manifested into a rocket ship! After a year of welding, grinding, laser cutting, and even getting circuit boards custom cut from China, this Ravenna Ultra-Low-Altitude Vehicle (or known as RULAV) landed right in the backyard of one lucky boy.

More like a capsule than an actual house, the RULAV features pilot controls, thrusters and vibrates to simulate a real rocket engine. This isn’t just for fantasy riders, so fear of heights should caution (no real flight involved) as you climb up to view the beautiful backyard from the top hatch. It also has an in-rocket network that allows for kiddos to talk back to the house. This pop sure knows how to win the Best Dad of the Year Award.

Check out the video below to see the RULAV in action. Caution: If showing to the kiddos, it might inspire a “Daddy, make me one too!”


This is by far one of the most amazing tree houses we’ve ever seen. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know below. 

— Christal Yuen