The Planetarium Treehouse
Nestled in the natural beauty of the Ozarks, Mystic Ozark Adventures by Natalie and Mark Jones is creating a buzz in the world of unique accommodations. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Natalie Jones, the visionary behind these extraordinary properties, to delve into her journey from graphic design to becoming an Airbnb sensation.
The Airbnb OMG Fund: A Launchpad for Dreams
The journey took an exciting turn when Mystic Ozark Adventures won Airbnb's OMG Fund, a contest designed to encourage the creation of extraordinary properties. With a $100,000 grant, Natalie and her husband embarked on their most ambitious project yet: a planetarium treehouse, a concept that intertwines various Airbnb categories into one spectacular structure.
The Road to Creation: Challenges and Triumphs
The creation of this planetarium treehouse has been a journey of creativity, resilience, and strategic planning. Natalie detailed the rigorous three-round application process, which culminated in a compelling video presentation of their vision. The project, which commenced in early 2023, has faced its share of challenges, from supply chain disruptions to complex construction needs. Despite these hurdles, Natalie's collaboration with Natural State Treehouses has kept the dream on track.
Innovating Design: Warp Speed Hallway
Drawing inspiration from renowned artist Yayoi Kusama, Natalie is infusing the treehouse with an "warp speed hallway," promising an immersive visual experience. The hallway is complete with color-changing, LED-embedded walls that
emulate stars streaking across the sky. The treehouse will also feature a domed ceiling for star projections and a clear tower equipped with telescopes, perfect for stargazing enthusiasts.
The Financial Journey: Navigating Funding and Budgeting
Natalie opened up about the financial aspects of the project. The $100,000 from Airbnb, reduced to $68,000 post-taxes, was supplemented with Home Equity Lines of Credit, highlighting the importance of smart budgeting in such ambitious projects. She also shared insights into the challenges of dealing with inflated subcontractor estimates due to the unique nature of the build, underscoring the value of reliable partnerships in construction.
Looking Ahead: Future Plans and Advice for Aspiring Builders
As Mystic Ozark Adventures approaches the completion of the planetarium treehouse, Natalie looks forward to taking a well-deserved break. However, her passion for creating unique properties remains undiminished. She offers invaluable advice to aspiring builders: choose your location wisely, assemble a dedicated team, and always be prepared for unforeseen expenses.
Staying Connected: Follow the Journey
Natalie's journey can be followed on social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook under "Mystic Ozark Adventures." Her upcoming YouTube channel will document the construction process, offering a behind-the-scenes look at this extraordinary project.
A Visionary in the World of Unique Stays
Natalie Jones' story is one of inspiration, creativity, and perseverance. From graphic design to building a one-of-a-kind treehouse, her journey with Mystic Ozark Adventures exemplifies the possibilities that emerge when passion meets innovation. As the planetarium treehouse nears completion, it stands as a beacon of unique
accommodation, beckoning travelers to experience the magic of the Ozarks.