How To Build A Tree House


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How to Build a Tree House
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How to Build a Tree House

Houses that are built on trees give a breathtaking feel of getting close to nature and finding comfort away from the fast pace of busy lives. Also, the usage of reclaimed materials inspires an environmentally friendly approach to building. Finding the right mix of materials and design will help you achieve building a tree house that suits you. Qualities such as strength and safety are always considered in building a tree house. Following these techniques and tips helps you build confidently and saves you from unnecessary mix-ups. Let's get started.

How To / Instruction

Difficulty: Normal
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    It is first important to select an appropriate tree. One which trunk is wide and facing upwards enough to allow weight displacement and structural soundness.

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    Construction begins with the house's floorboards. One would usually construct a framework that affixes to the trunk of the tree itself. If there is no way to create a safe enough foundation by building from the tree trunk itself, one might consider posts starting at the ground-concrete blocks affixed by metal settings that are then connected to the post could then be safely set to the ground to fight off rot. The post would then allow for a safer framework to be built up.

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    With the completion of a floor, one can start building the walls and ceiling. Walls should likely be a framework upon which an outer and inner set of paneling is affixed. Something sturdy enough to not be torn off by mild to intense winds while being light enough in weight to not disturb the structural integrity of the tree house itself.

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    A sound roof design can also vary for the desired project. If an existing canopy is found over the proposed roof of the structure, then a simple flat roof design can be deployed, though it would likely see sooner than average rot or damage as well as leaks from rain build-up though it would be protected from the weight of snow in the winter by the tree itself.

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    5

    A more desirable design would be a tented roof to allow rain and snow to simply run down and off the structure and therefore ignore the adverse conditions such as possible leaks, unnecessary weight and therefore wear on the structure as well as fighting off the rot that a flat roof could allow by having leaves and water collect on the flat of the roof allowing for moss and mold-rot.

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    Another good investment would be to use aluminum sheets for the outside of the tree house, the outer walls panels as well as the roof itself as it would not allow moss to dig into it like wood would.

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    For proper heat allowances as well as for internal decorations, wooden paneling should likely be used on the inner walls. If wooden sheets are used for the roof upon which metal siding is placed, it might be wise to use tar paper on top of the wood first to help further fight off rot and rain leaking into the inside structure.

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    An entryway should be decided upon before beginning the project based on the area most desirable. More often than not, a ladder will be leaned up near an opening, but an entrance could also be made by allowing a section of the floor to be open. If a door is used, a latch should be crafted to either allow entry while still not opening when unwanted or even through the use of a key depending. It is simply up to the one crafting the structure to decide upon first.

Tips and Warnings

  • To build a good tree house, first you have to find a good tree. Look for one with a straight and sturdy trunk.

  • The most important part of a tree house is the floor. Make sure you have a strong and well attached platform capable of supporting 2 or 3 kids.

  • Don't underestimate height, falls are dangerous. A low tree house is still fun and much safer.