Learning how to build a tree house can be a lot of fun. Tree houses are spectacular and not only are they suitable for kids but also for adults who are not afraid of an adventurous lifestyle. If you would like to build a tree house in your garden, the following tips will help you turn your dream into a reality without hassles, allowing you to enjoy memorable moments surrounded by nature.
Be aware, though, that you may have to check with the local council before starting your build. Although most tree houses will be fine, there are occasions when planning permission will be needed.
Choose the most suitable location
As with other types of houses, your tree house will require a perfect location, meaning you will need to choose a strong and healthy tree. The tree of choice should be in a perfect location within your property and it should be able to support the weight of the house and that of the dwellers as well.
Pick the right design for the house
Tree houses come in different designs that will definitely capture your imagination. It is good to decide how big you intend your house to be, whether it will have more than one room and also other features that are available to make it more enjoyable. For example, you could want to add a balcony, or a front door. Consider the design and the size you require and have a clear plan. Do you want the tree house for young children or teenagers? Is it just for playing or to chill and invite friends over? Or perhaps it’s a den for an adult.
Choose your style
As with everything these days, you can find mountains of information about tree houses online and choose a style that will suit you – and your tree! And it must look good your garden too. Measure carefully to ensure the design you choose will fit in your tree and won’t be too heavy. It’s easy to get carried away when the kids are enthusiastic, but keep it practical as well as fun.
Choose the support method
The support method you choose will help determine the stability of your tree house. There are different support methods to choose from including bolt, post and suspension method. These three are the most popular and will help ensure that the tree you choose doesn't move with the wind. Each support method comes with its own advantages so select the one that best suits your needs and style, after researching the subject fully.
Decide which access method is suitable for you
Before building the tree house, it is important to decide on the right access method. It’s not much good if you can’t actually get into the house! You could opt for a rope ladder, a standard ladder or a staircase. However, always consider the safety of those who will be using the access method you opt for as this will be a very important feature for you. The access method should be sturdy and safe.
Using spare materials
If you're a do-it-yourselfer you may well find you have lots of spare building materials hanging around. Most tree houses are made of wood, so consider surplus fence panels, gravel boards, old floor boards or crates. These can all be taken apart and used in your build to avoid having to purchase new wood.
If you don’t intend to build the tree house yourself, look for a local handyman or builder who can undertake it for you. Someone who shares your vision and will complete the structure according to your requirements. Always leave a space around the trunk and branches for the trees to grow without having an effect on your structure.
Take all these points into account and you’ll be able to enjoy the aerial view of your property from a well-constructed tree house.