What You Should Know About Building a Treehouse

treehouse-300x200Whether you’re a kid, or a kid at heart, treehouses are a great way to get outdoors for some fresh air and fun.  But building this addition to your yard comes with potential issues and complications.  Like for any outdoor project, you want to be as prepared and planned as possible.

There are a few aspects you need to consider before plunging into this project.  The following are some of the things you should know:

  • The first, and most important part of any build or installation is to know your state and town building regulations.  You may also want to discuss your plans with your neighbors, and build it out of street-sight to avoid any privacy issues.  Also, it may be best not to include electricity or plumbing in your plans, as this does make getting permission to build more complicated.
  • It’s tempting to just start building what you have planned in your head.  But doing so will only lead to complicated and expensive issues down the road.  Therefore, put your plan down on paper.  Also, since your kids are likely to use it the most, be sure to involve them in the planning process and ask them what they want to include in the design.
  • As far as where and how you build your treehouse, it’s important to keep your treehouses’ structure separate from your houses framework.  If you choose to use more than one tree, be sure not to restrict their movement or growth.  Allow at least a 2 in. gap if the tree passes through the floor, and 3 in. if it passes through the roof.
  • To make building easier and safer, build the structures on the ground, then pulled them up the tree.  Doing this will also allow you to construct your structures quickly and accurately.  You can also build your treehouse in sections – support, floors, walls, and roof – then put them all together, piece-by-piece.  And of course, make sure you have a functional area to work in.
  • There are a few tools you should use to build you treehouse.  Power tools are a better fit for a project like this because they make the process much easier.  You should also use only one large bolt when attaching pieces to the tree to reduce damage risks.  Metal brackets or cables are recommended, as they allow great flexibility.

Building a treehouse is doable, but can be complex at times.  If you find you need help with building or installing your treehouse, give us a call at Riverside Fence!  And check out our portfolio for photos of treehouse projects we’ve done for previous clients!

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