Remember when you were a kid, how much you wanted a tree house. No matter how small it was, as long as you had one. I am sure you remember all the awesome moments you spent in it. Why don’t you build one for your kids, or even for you to spend some time thinking in peace and quiet? Everything you need is a well designed model of a tree house, some wood to build from and, of course, a suitable tree for house to be positioned on.
Find the Best Site
When choosing the tree it’s best to choose from maple, oak, fir, beech and hemlock. The chosen tree has to be healthy, of course, with the braches not thinner than 8 inches.
Consider the Design
First of all, you have to have the idea as what your tree house will look like. If you don’t have a firm idea you can check this page out for inspiration. Since you’re not an experienced tree house constructor or builder, we think these tips enlisted below may be very useful.
Get Proper Tools
When you have all of the previously mentioned, the next thing you’ll need is the right set of tools for this project. Check out the market for the tools at affordable prices. You can even buy used ones, if they are in good condition. After you are done with the project, you can sell the pieces of tools that you won’t need ever again, and even earn some money.
Make it Stable
Build a tree house platform as close as possible to the main trunk. This way it would be easier for the tree to support the weight of the tree house. You have to add some diagonal bracing to improve the tree house stability. If you plan to build a heavier tree house, spread its weight amongst two or more trees that are close enough to each other.
Build it on the Ground
It’s much easier to build a tree house in sections, or the entire house on the ground and then hoist it into the position on the tree. You surely don’t want to spend time sitting on the tree branch and building the house. It’s unsafe and, well, dumb.
Make it More Fun
Consider adding some playful stuff for the tree house so your children can have more fun playing in the tree house. Installing rope ladder for climbing into the house is a great idea. If there is enough space around the tree, instead of building a traditional exit, put a slider or pole, the one like in fire stations. Design a unique flag with your children and let it flaunt freely in the breeze. You can also get inspired by some of these awesome designs.
Lighten the house with lights in different colors. You can use LED strips with dimmer that allows automatic light color change, and you can power it with the solar panels. When installing lights, make sure all the wiring and isolations have been done properly because even the smallest mistake can cause fire. You really need to be extra cautious, especially because of your kids’ safety.
Think About the Environment
Building the house on the tree will be stressful for the tree itself. Adding an extra weight on the tree trunk and its root, may affect the tree. Adding extra support beams will relief the pressure on the tree’s root. Fasteners used in building processes can cause infection. Don’t restrict the tree in its growth process. Make required number of gaps around the branches and around the tree trunk, so the tree can grow freely in every direction.
So, are you ready to play?