What child wouldn’t want a dream treehouse – a place to call their own, where they can play, dream, and create an imaginary world? The simple wooden structure can become anything: a pirate ship, a castle; a fairy world; or a house in the clouds – there is no limit to the pleasure a treehouse can bring. With a little imagination and DIY know-how, you can create a retreat for your children that allows them to escape into any adventure they can conceive.
Choose Your Tree
Good trees for building a treehouse include oak, willow, fruit trees like pear or apple; and chestnut. Avoid birch, silver maple, Virginia pine, and black walnut. Make sure the tree is healthy and strong enough to support your structure. Weight bearing branches should be at least 7 inches in diameter. Choose a tree with a sturdy trunk that has branches growing outwards, to give you as much floor space as you need.
Design Your House to fit Your Tree
Check with your local council to make sure there are no restrictions on building in your area, especially if you are running power to the tree house, or it is quite large. If you don’t have a tree suitable to build in, you can build around or under a tree, using poles to support the treehouse’s weight.
Get Your Materials
Always use good quality lumber. Salvaged planks are fine, as long as they are in good condition and can withstand the elements. Treated plywood is a great choice for floors and walls as it is both light and strong. You want to use the strongest, but lightest, materials you can find. Plastic is better than glass for windows; and corrugated iron or plastic is better than wood for the roof. It needs to be light, waterproof, and durable. You will also need tools, and fixings like nails and screws.
Build the platform first, then put up the walls, and finally the roof. If you are not handy or a visionary, treehouse kits are widely available with instructions and all materials you need.
- Plan your treehouse to fit your tree, not the other way around
- Use the lightest suitable materials – not only does the tree have to support them, but you have to carry them up there to build
- Enjoy your creation
If you’re interested in installing a treehouse but are having trouble getting started, contact us today!