Tree house building: a DIY approach
One Handy Father, Corban P., Milford, IN, sent in some pictures of a Tree House Building
project. This tree house is built on a tree with no supporting branches for the structure. The tree house floor base is supported by braces that are attached at angles to the tree.
Tree House Building:
Beginning with a basic framing for the tree house floor, this handy father used 2×6’s and 2×8’s for tree house floor joists. Then at angles, he attached supports to the tree trunk below. As mentioned before, this tree has no major branches on which to build any of the tree house structure. The braces are needed for stability, to hold the weight of occupants.
The beginning base was designed in a “+” shape, and then the corners were framed in to make the base more square shaped. From the outermost corners, additional braces were added at angles to the trunk below.
This tree house has a railing around its perimeter, with no walls or roof. This tree house, not unlike a watchtower will serve as a great place for playing for years to come.
For more information on Tree House Building, check out these excellent books (all of which are available on Amazon.com):
- The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House: For Parents and Adults Who Are Kids at Heart
- Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book
- Treehouses & Playhouses You Can Build
Do you build a tree house differently? I’d love to see it. Send your pictures, and a few descriptions to email@example.com.
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