Treehouse Guides produces practical and simple plans to help you build your own treehouse, even if you don't have any previous experience.
Each treehouse plan has a full materials list, designed to use readily available materials. Prefabricated panels are lifted into the tree and joined together to assemble the treehouse.
The tree trunk passes through the deck and is visible through a window from inside the treehouse. The treehouse can be built in a single tree, or on posts if you have no suitable trees—free plans for this option are included when you order this guide.
The two tree method includes plans for a sliding joint to allow the trees to move without restriction from the treehouse supports.
Slightly smaller than the Outpost design, this tree deck uses a simpler design to make construction easy and quick, with enough deck space for two chairs.
SANS10400 are the Building regulations in South Africa, and both international and national standards, are fundamental to successful building and construction projects, both big and small.
A homemade treehouse built just for fun.NOTE THAT THERE IS INFORMATION ABOUT MINOR BUILDING WORK AND THE LAW AT THE END OF THIS POST. There’s nothing better than making, or creating, or building something special for your kids. We built a treehouse once – when our three kids were still young enough to appreciate the adventure!
We used 90 mm gum poles as support beams, and secured these to the trees with 100 mm x 100 mm brackets and coach screws.
To strengthen the support structure, we nailed a V-brace to the tree and the end of the cross beam against the tree on both sides. To strengthen the support structure we used split poles and nailed these to the ends of the top poles and the tree to form a V-shaped brace below the beams.
We nailed split poles to a cross beam at each corner – with the flat part of the  facing inwards.
Before the roofing could be fitted (we used flat fibrecement, but corrugated fiberglass would be just as good) we added a central beam, screwing it into the top of the framework on each side. The house was made mainly of exterior-grade plywood (which is weatherproof), and the floor was constructed from  solid shutterboard. As an author, if I am going to suggest to anyone how to build a treehouse, I do realize that safety is a primary factor.
In reality, not all local authorities will find it necessary to have an application for a little treehouse. Minor building work is defined in Part A of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act.


If you think a treehouse would go down well in the land of your offspring… offer the opportunity, and engage them in the experience. Even if it is minor building work – what if it is along the boundary wall of your neighbour? With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts.
There are definite advantages in using more than one tree for your treehouse - the treehouse can be bigger, and you have to use less bracing.
The bare minimum of hand tools: hammer, saw, level, square, tape measure, adjustable wrench.
OK, so far the build has been very conventional - all the books on treehouses will tell you how to get this far. I just strung a bungee cord between two hooks I put into the trees at about 7' above the deck, and slung a tarp over. I read about the pipe method in one of Pete Nelson's books, it basically serves the same purpose as a big stack of washers or the collar of a tree house attachment bolt.
Once the platform is level you are ready to install the permanent braces that will support the treehouse. This is the best part of the project because you will be able to stand on the platform when this step is complete. These treehouse plans are much more than blueprints, covering the individual steps for every part of the structure, along with cutting lists for each section.
A sliding joint system allows the trees to move in the wind without damaging the treehouse.
The plans cover every step in detail over 39 pages, allowing the treehouse to be built in around 14 days. Very easy to construct and a great introduction to treehouse building for areas which have no suitable trees.
The plans are split into sections covering each stage and includes material lists, diagrams and 3D views. It was set in the branches of two well-established pine trees, raised 2.5 m above the ground, and had a floor area of about four square metres. Published in 2003, and called The Complete Book of Outdoor DIY, the book is sadly now out of print.
The only trees in the garden were established pines, and there was no one tree with lateral branches that were close enough to the ground to be incorporated in the structure. Then we bolted more poles on top of these beams, against the two tree trunks, using cup head bolts.
Then we bolted two more beams across the top of the support beams so that there were four beams at 700 mm centres to support the floor.


It featured in another of our books, Build Your Own Outdoor Structures in Wood published by New Holland Publishers in 1996, and then given a new look cover in 2001.
So first off, you will need to ensure that the wood you use is going to last… well as long as it needs to.
The fact that something is minor building work does not necessarily mean it can be constructed alongside a boundary wall. It was made over the course of several weekends using new, pressure-treated wood for the support structure and floor and an old fence was recycled for the sides.
The tree you see here (behind the magnolia!) has a trunk that splits into three at the base, and these trunks splay out somewhat as they grow upwards. You should consider writing it up as instructable (you've done all the work already!) and entering it in the Fort contest on right now. The floor is an 8'x8' square to make best use of full size plywood sheets and the tree trunk passes through the middle of the structure as a unique feature. But there were two trees growing 2.2 m apart, and we opted to use the trunks of both as primary supports. This won’t be a permanent home, but you really, really DO need to make sure it is safe. In other words, you could make your lashing as tight as possible but with all the weight of a treehouse, let alone people in it, how are you going to keep it from sliding down the tree? Once the floor was in place we completed the framework for the treehouse, using 90 mm split poles.
It's not weather-proof, but it stays pretty dry inside: a three-season treehouse, but best for summer! This means the design has been based on one for a closely spaced pair of trees, rather than for a group of three. The tree is a Garry oak, and they don't grow much further north than this (southern Vancouver Island), so they grow pretty slow here.
I've updated the text to reflect the (minor) changes I made, but there are a mix of old and new photos throughout. A solid gnarly collection of old trunks, each about 1' in diameter at 9 ft up.Start by figuring out how high you want the treehouse.



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