Climbing trees has always been part of human history, allowing us to escape floods, saber-toothed tigers and intruders.Building tree houses has long been part of human history, too.Let’s be blunt. Building a decent treehouse is really hard. It takes something like 60 man hours start to finish and costs more in wood and materials. In other words, it’s a job for dads. We are well aware of the satisfaction gained from nailing bits of wood to a tree, but for something that looks right, is strong and safe and will last more than just a few months, you need a bit more than that.I have gathered some important information which you should consider before building a treehouse.
Many People ask all the time will bolting and nailing into a tree cause damage? Of course, any time you drill into a tree there is damage, but healthy trees can respond quickly to compartmentalize around the injured area. Over time, trees will add structural material to strengthen the weak spot and continue to grow and thrive normally. The key is choosing the right treehouse attachment bolts(TABs) and brackets to support your dream.
The truth is that if you put a TAB in a tree at 10 feet above ground, then it will always be 10 feet above ground. Tree tissues only elongate at the tips of branches, not in the middle of the stem. So yes, your tree will grow wider, but no, inserted TABs will not “travel up the tree” as is grows taller.
When built with the proper hardware and techniques, treehouses are no more dangerous than being on a deck or back yard shed. The only exception is that you shouldn’t occupy treehouses during high wind or lightning storms.
Most municipalities do not require permits for tree structures, especially in more rural or country areas. However, some have property line setbacks, a height limit requirement, square footage limitations, and even strict environmental concerns. If you are in doubt, make the call and check with your local township before beginning any treehouse project. The last thing you want to happen is to finish a project and have a local official make you tear it down.
Only for Kids !
Not anymore! Interestingly enough more and more adults are building treehouses as a vacation getaway spot, a detached home office, a yoga studio, and even a spare guest bedroom. Or even a combination of all three.!
Bring on the snow and rain because the rules have changed! By utilizing modern construction and insulation techniques, a treehouse can be built as a weatherproof year-round residence or home office. They can be complete with plumbing, electricity, climate control, and you don’t need to leave the tree house to be comfortable.
Long lasting materials such as cedar, mahogany, and pressure treated pine, allow treehouses to last for 10, 15, and even 20+ years. Support posts can sometimes be added if the tree’s health unexpectedly declines, saving the treehouse. Knowing the timeline of your project is very helpful during the planning stages, and it allows to make recommendations to make your long-term goals a reality!
Not everyone has the same budget when it comes to tree house building, but with sweat equity and careful planning, you can make it happen!Using reclaimed lumber, windows and doors from resale/thrift stores, and even items from garage sales, to make treehouse unique and budget friendly.