Did you have a tree house growing up? My brother and I did, and it was perhaps the coolest thing ever. It really wasn’t anything special. It was just a wooden box in a tree, but we loved it. It was a place to hide, sneak candy, torture each other, and to just… be. I’ve never really had a place like that since. I’m pretty sure my brother would agree.
I don’t see a lot of tree houses out here in LA. I do think it’s possible, you just have to find the right fit for you.
Picking The Right Tree
Common tree’s are Oak, Sycamore, Maple, Hemlock, and Douglas-fir. Any tree will do as long as it is strong enough. You simply need to consider certain things prior to choosing the right tree. In order for it to last for an extended period of time, you want to be sure that it’s healthy and sturdy. Otherwise it could potentially not hold the weight of the house. The rate of growth is important because you don’t want to rebuild every year. You also want to be concerned about how the branching will affect the house itself. Having a large branch run directly through your house can tarnish the enjoyment of the space.
How do you want your tree house to look? How big do you wish it to be? All of this depends mostly on your creativity, as well as the planning requirements. You can contact your local planning authority to make sure you’re doing it correctly. You want to make certain that it’s safe and that it doesn’t look down into your neighbors property.
Think about how you want to get in and out of the tree house. Should you provide a ladder or stairs? Will you be adding a roof? Or will it be open above? You can even think about how you wish to paint it and decorate it. Make it something special that your kids will love and can feel like they took part in it.
If you want to make it even more special, and a little more modern, you can add some crazy extra’s to your house. You can add plumbing as well as electricity, as long as you plan for it. I know, it does seem crazy. Still, it’s not as unusual as you may think.
How To Install
If you are doing it yourself from scratch, you want to plant it out well. This is always a great option because you can make it your very own and that is always special. You do want to be sure there will be no issues that will cause you to have to go back and repair.
Installing your tree house depends on so many different factors. One tutorial I found to be most helpful is from ‘Instructables‘. You want to plant it out well, and you want to be sure there will be no issues that will cause you to have to go back and repair. Built By Kids offers some great inspirational tree houses for you to make yourself.
You can also look up plans and purchase kits, which will give you everything you need in order to build your own successful tree house. This can often be easier, and sometimes cheaper. Tree House Supplies will get you everything you need to get it done efficiently.
Wish you had a tree house, but can’t? Try some of these alternatives.
Cacoon Hanging Tree House from Cozy Days
Simple Tree House Platform from Apartment Therapy
Hide N Slide Play House from Toys R Us.