A tree house is a private play place in the yard. Children spend hours playing alone and with friends all year long. A treehouse is not difficult to build but it should be durable because safety is a top consideration. Follow the steps below to give your children a retreat without leaving home.
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Step 1: Look in the yard to find a sturdy tree that has a thick trunk, roots that grow deep in the ground, and branches that could support a lot of weight. Identify a sturdy branch that is about five feet from the ground that will serve as the location for the treehouse. If necessary, prune the tree to permit access to the area. Determine whether the tree will serve as one of the four posts for the treehouse or will be a supporting leg.
Step 2: Draw plans for the tree house on paper, sizing the structure appropriately based on the size of the tree and designated branch. Pre-made plans are available at bookstores or online. Choose one that is easy to follow and practical for the intended use.
Step 3: The foundation of the treehouse is a key element. The house should sit near the tree trunk and be strengthened by diagonal bracing. It should balance centrally on the tree to prevent swaying caused by uneven weight distribution. The foundation could be an open-air structure or an enclosed room. After developing it, secure it to the tree using a rope leasing method. If this is not possible, use galvanized screws because ungalvanized nails rust easily.
Step 4: Once you have secured the foundation to the branch, add the floor. This can be made from exterior plywood sheets or flat boards and flexible or fixed supports. The same type of wood can be used to build the roof and walls or these areas can be assembled on the ground and carried up to the treehouse. Use the shape of the tree to create angles and shapes for the tree house. If the structure will have windows and doors, use Plexiglass and make them suitable for the size of the structure.
Step 5: If desired, build a deck for the treehouse. It can be attached or on a nearby sturdy branch accessible by crossing a rope bridge. Put railings around the deck for safety reasons.
Step 6: Develop a way to access the treehouse. If the structure is near the ground, a rope or wooden ladder is acceptable. If it is higher up, build a spiral staircase that winds around the tree trunk. Kids love to hoist up their toys and other items so build them a platform that raises and lowers via a pulley system.