An environmentally friendly treehouse project.
Using a little imagination we can create treetop dwellings which integrate beauty into our wooded surroundings while preserving the integrity of the trees that support them.
Ask any treehouse builder about design and you're bound to be advised to let the tree lead the way.
Designing within the branches makes the planning and construction, not to mention the enjoyment of the treehouse, as fun as it should be.
Much of a treehouse's appeal comes from it's host's character and natural features.
Respect the tree's natural shape and behavior.
Weight is an important factor when constructing your treetop dwelling. A simple roof adds beauty without stressing the branches and trees.
Building a treehouse is an organic process. Always be ready to adapt to the surroundings.
Removing large, healthy limbs strays from the whole idea of building in a tree. Keep pruning to a minimum.
By spanning several trees you can minimize the weight burden on a single tree.
Creating a unique entrance serves interest and avoids having to attach additional hardware to your tree.
Build your retreat as low as possible for the health of the tree and safety of your guest. Aborist recommend building below the tree's center of gravity.
When constructing a treehouse, safe design should include a sturdy platform and strong, anchored post and railings.
Stay flexible. Keep an open mind to changes along the construction process.
By using natural siding, upkeep is kept to a minimum while giving an appealing, textural interest.
Comfortable and natural, let your treetop retreat express who you are.
Building a treehouse gives you a great opportunity to test that inner creativity in you. Try new ideas.
In years to come, your kids' fondest memories may be that backyard retreat you created for them. Have fun and help build those memories.