Not many people get the opportunity to build a treehouse on their property. But those who do find it a thoroughly rewarding process. Some have even called it a dream come true. But the whole idea can present significant challenges especially if it’s your first time. Let’s examine the initial steps and the best treehouse ideas.
Brainstorming the Best Treehouse Ideas
Laying the Groundwork
First, take stock of the trees in your yard. Choose ideal hardwood for maximum support. Also bear in mind strong branches make the best support. The best trees include fir, oak, maple, and hemlock. Don’t build it too high. but it should be higher than an average adult’s height but not too high as to pose a danger if one falls.
Choose your material:
In the list of best treehouse ideas, the first decision you will have to make is what material you want to use to build your treehouse. For a stress-free experience start by choosing a tree kit. It’s a good idea to look at some of the available kits, to find out which ones are most stress-free. Or for a stress relief treehouse, you can use cedar.
Check your Local Regulations:
Check if your local area has laws that govern treehouse construction. It’s important to adhere to existing building codes.
Choose a Good Spot:
Then decide exactly where you are going to build it. Is it going to be in the shade, in the sun, in the grass, or is it going to be in a completely shady area? Once you have that figured out you can start designing your treehouse.
Choose a Good Ground Cover:
Finally, you need to decide what floor cover you want to use for your treehouse. The ground cover you choose for your treehouse can make a big difference. The grass floor cover is excellent for a stress relief treehouse because it’s a really nice floor. But if you want to build a treehouse that is a nice place to relax in, the grass floor cover is not really what you need. You can use bark floor cover if you check the local codes.
Decide on your Framework:
Next, you need to decide what structure you want to use for your treehouse. For stress relief and a nice place to relax on, the best option is a latticed structure. It’s got these advantages, these stress-relieving qualities. So this is the kind you will need for your treehouse.
Choose a Frame for your Treehouse:
The frame for your treehouse is the part of the treehouse that the branches and leaves are going to attach to. It’s going to be the part that’s going to hold the whole tree house together. It’s also the part that will get wet and get dusty. So you need to make sure it has all the features you want.
Choose your Fastening Materials:
Then you need to decide what fastening materials you are going to use. This can make a big difference. If you are choosing fasteners that can be reused over and over again, it can save you a lot of time. But if you want to have a uniform look and not have to re-fasten every time you change branches or you split a branch off, you need to go for materials like PVC.
Choose a Good Irrigation System for your Treehouse:
Finally, you need to choose an irrigation system for your treehouse. This can make a big difference. If you choose a sprinkler system, you will have to water it about every other day. But if you choose drip irrigation, it will only need watering every 4-5 days. So you save on water.
Now you have a better idea of the kind of treehouse you can make. Once you know the above factors, you can choose the best treehouse that’s best for you.
Things To Think About
* It’s best to avoid wooden tree houses since they tend to attract termites and wood rot. The termites can be resistant to heating, so you’ll have to spray them with a hose or a brush every day.
If you have a PVC treehouse, it’s also prone to termite and wood rot. But, a wooden treehouse might be easy to repair. But if it’s PVC, it’s a lot tougher to repair than wood. So it’s best to avoid wooden ones.
* Keep the roots short. You don’t want to make it tall. This will increase the work you have to do. But you also don’t want too short roots. The roots should be close to the trunk, but just about an inch or two long.
* Make sure it’s not going to bow. This is a very common problem. If the trunk tilts to one side, or if it’s too long, you’ll have to put down support for it. This could be a pole or a fence, so keep that in mind.
* Check the trunk. If you find out before you make the treehouse that it’s wide at the base, don’t make it wider at the top. This will make the base thicker. But you also don’t want to make it too lean. Your roots and branches should be thicker than the trunk, so you’ll have a sturdy base.
* If you don’t have a tree, you could use a piece of furniture as a mold. Buy a cheap piece of wood and use it as a mold. It’s easier to shape and control when it’s already got a trunk. If you’re working with PVC, add supports for the legs. Don’t make them too long, and don’t put them too high, unless you have a giant tree in mind.
Now if you are worried about how much would it cost to build a treehouse, let me tell you that following the above-mentioned steps will be much cheaper. It also can be one of the best camping ideas, you will have in your backyard. And, if you have any new ideas, please share them in the comment box.