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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? Safety is a big issue when planning the treehouse, so plan to include handrails and other safety features. Treehouses can be a simple platform with railings or an elaborate as a pirate ship or castle. Nearly any pot will work for growing tomatoes in containers; as long as it has good drainage. Now make a list of the equipments needed in the construction of the tree house and purchase them in bulk so as to reduce the costs.
Nail some well-polished wooden boards together across two strong branches that are close to one another. Now add some more wooden boards on three sides of the base of your treehouse until a railing is formed.
Pick up a plastic trap and attach it to the trunk of the tree, making sure to angle it to the far side of your railing. You can make a terrace to savor the surrounding environment or to have a cup of tea with your family and friends.
Our easy to read 15 page plan shows you how to go from the raw materials to a finished treehouse that will offer years of enjoyment. 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. 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. Talk to your local building department about building regulations that may affect your tree house.
Have the kids help with establishing a theme and they will have a lifetime of fun, excitement and imagination.
Gather tools, wood, hardware, and other building materials together at the beginning of the project.
But when a plumbing problem does occur, many plumbing repairs can be made quick & easy by the homeowner using a few common tools. Tom Finney was a confirmed 100% Cajun, a wizard with backyard cooking and very proud of his heritage.
If you are lucky enough to have a house with big trees in the backyard, chances are your cute children have requested for a treehouse. Make sure to select a tree with sturdy and thick branches so that they can support plenty of weight.
There are many tree house designs and you can get an idea from many online websites that offer simple but unique treehouse plans. If you do not have a ladder, then nail a few equal size wooden boards to the trunk of the tree to use as steps. Grab a saw and trim extra branches of the tree which can disturb you during the construction process.
After you complete your order, you can download your plans from our secure server and print them out. 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. 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. Stairs resting on the ground should have a couple of bricks as a base to keep the bottom edge off the dirt or grass and prevent rot.
It is always better to select a tree with parallel branches since they are perfect to build a treehouse. However, you can make the roof with wooden blocks as well, putting them together the way you formed the base of the treehouse. Once the floor was in place we completed the framework for the treehouse, using 90 mm split poles. If the tree house will be partially supported by posts, an 18-inch diameter trunk will work, too. If building a supported platform with two or four posts; dig 24-inch holes for the posts and fill with concrete to anchor the posts.
Attach 2×2 inch pickets spaced at 6-inch intervals to prevent children from squeezing through the railing.
What you require is a strong tree at the right location and a few tools, which will be easily available in the market. The third possible option is steel roof sheets, since they are easy to install and are great for rainy days. 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.
If smaller children are going to play in the tree house, it should be built closer to the ground.
However, you really have to be careful about the design and safety measurements of the tree house. 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.
Stop thinking and start your treehouse project in order to surprise your kids with some unforgettable hours of enjoyment with their friends. 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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