How to Build the Best Treehouse for Your Kids
DIY tree houses have that little something that appeals to everyone–children and adults alike. They can serve as secret escape spots and hideaways from the surrounding world. Making a treehouse is a fairly complicated and energy-consuming task. You also need to consider and follow safety matters or else you may put yourself and your kids (or anyone that uses the treehouse) in danger. If the structure isn’t solid enough, kids may accidentally drip and possibly injure themselves. By planning and building the structure properly, you can ensure a sturdy and safe treehouse.
In some regions, locals need to obtain a permit for buildings above the ground, even if they are DIY or small. There are also worries of neighbor complaints about privacy in case the tree home lets anyone inside see through their homes. Check your local or state requirements first before you start building a treehouse.
Next, you should look for a proper location for your treehouse. Choose ideally hardwood trees with large and widely spread branches. Generally, treehouses constructed at a low ground level are suitable for families with young kids. The tree itself should be sturdy enough to tolerate the extra burden of the treehouse. Ideally, no power lines should be near the tree/s and the trees should provide shelter above the orientation of branches and leaves. Craft a plan with valid measurements to make sure your treehouse is well-constructed.
Equipment and Tools
With your treehouse plans with you, ask a hardware shop to trim the lengths of lumber to the required dimensions. While you can find several wood options out there, pressure treated pine is the greatest because of its lightweight structure and bug-repellant abilities. Some basic tools you will need include measuring tape, ladder, pencils or markers, fasteners, nails, rope, bolts, saws, a nail gun and a driller. You may also need safety equipment such as gloves, safety goggles, and a first-aid kit in case of an emergency.
Building the Base
The first phase of building a treehouse is to construct a base/foundation. During the entire building procedure, it is highly suggested to adopt a free-form approach and construct the treehouse around living parts. This way prevents any damage to the tree and lets it grow freely. When crafting the base, it’s best to drill holes to let it fit around the tree limbs and branches. Thrashing the planks with rope or fasteners are the meat methods to avoid damaging the tree.
Use a drill or nail gun only as your last option. It is also best to explore various types of knots so that the sturdiest and strongest ones are applied to attach the planks. Also, avoid binding the rope too tightly as it may harm the tree. The most suitable method is to apply bolt boards on top of current branches to add an extra layer of support to the base.
Erecting The Walls & Roof
Since it may be tricky to develop a treehouse from scratch, a method that many follow is to build the walls of the treehouse on the ground and then bind them to the base. This is effective in keeping the walls and the roof together. Make sure to leave additional spots for entry and windows. Even though many treehouses have a ladder, applying a few small lower level bases with railings will allow kids to climb up and down the house more safely. Before you finalize the construction and make it ready for use, check it thoroughly and look out for any potential dangers such as unsanded wooden planks or nails popping out. It is also suggested that you stay in the tree house for a few minutes when it’s raining outside to see if there are any leaks in the roof.
Decorating & Accessorizing Your Treehouse
The last step of a complete tree house construction is probably the most entertaining and kids will love to get involved. Consider all the different types of stuff that will make the treehouse more appealing and functional. For instance, you can add rope swings, a fire pole, or a trap door to let the kids get in and out of the house with fun. Other fun accessories like a spy glass, a map of the house and the garden, or a garden hose used as a water cannon will help the kids fend off any intruders. You can decorate the interior of the treehouse with little chairs and tables, cloth drapes, posters, cushions, and a basket or chest of toys and costume clothes. The outside can be painted or adorned with solar energy garden lights. Ask the children to come up with a theme for their treehouse (a fairytale or something else) and help execute this theme with decorating.