These neat hideaways are like tiny houses in the trees
A custom treehouse in Fayette County will be featured in a television show on Animal Planet Friday.
Treehouse builder Django Kroner and his team at The Canopy Crew, are the focus of a new television pilot, “Canopy Kings,” which airs at 10 p.m. Sept. 22.
Kroner said he couldn’t divulge details about the treehouse featured in the show, except to say that “it’s our best one yet.”
“It’s a very cool tree, and we tried some new things out,” he said.
Animal Planet said Kroner was “challenged by his clients’ request to get them over 70 feet into the tree.”
Kroner was a 19-year-old rock climber living in a tent at the Red River Gorge when he built his first treehouse because he got tired of all the mud during one rainy summer.
Each time he brought friends to see the simple structure where he lived, Kroner said, they left feeling inspired, and he decided he wanted to share that feeling with as many people as possible.
“That was something that felt like real, sustainable contentment,” Kroner said in an interview earlier this summer. “If you’ve got to choose something to do with your life, why not build treehouses?”
He started his Cincinnati-based business in 2013 and since then has built more than 35 treehouses, many of which are like tiny houses in the sky.
Kroner said he was approached about a television show more than two years ago, after a photo of his Sylvan Float rental treehouse at the Red River Gorge went viral. He said the pilot was filmed in Lexington last October.
Kroner said the ratings from the pilot will determine whether more episodes of Canopy Kings will be produced.
Future episodes would follow him as he builds treehouses over the coming months. The Canopy Crew has projects scheduled through next summer in Tennessee, Kentucky and elsewhere, Kroner said.
“We’re super excited,” Kroner said. He said the television show would “expand our treehouse-building possibilities.”
The pilot episode of “Canopy Kings” airs at 10 p.m. Sept. 22 on Animal Planet.