The description of DIY Treehouse Design Ideas
The pinnacle of any childhood fantasy is a glorious treehouse. To a young child it is a fortress in the sky and a fantasy paradise that will keep them safe from monsters, turn them into a mythical creature or act as the launch control module for a very dangerous mission to space. It is, for any child that is fortunate enough to have one, one of the greatest gifts a parent can give.
If you are willing to make their dream's come true, there are a few things to firstly consider; do you want it to be a playhouse to hold all their friends or just a little den to read books in. How high will it be? How good are you're DIY skills? But most of all, what does the child want? You will obviously need a tree, preferably a big one, on your own property and away from the public eye. It won't have to support the whole tree house, but it will reduce the amount of supports you need.
If you don't have your own tools, borrow some off a friend or relative, if you don't know how to use them, borrow your friend or relative. Plan your design, take into account the size and shape of the tree then sketch out a floor plan and work out the lengths you want to work with. The biggest and strongest pieces of material should be made up of your base; a base frame will serve as the reference to the rest of your measurements if they end up differing from your design. Don't fully assemble the base on the ground though as you need to fit it around your tree.
Assemble your base on the floor then cut appropriate support beams to hold it up in the tree. From each support beam attach two further lengths of wood to create a right angle triangle. Bear in mind the higher you want the tree house, the harder it is to build, let alone the more dangerous it is. From each end of the support, attach two lengths of wood which also bolt on to the tree at a 45 degree angle. This is to give the house strength and support the weight. If you are building a particularly large treehouse or want to support a lot of weight, consider adding external support columns.
While you're building it, it is often easier to use ropes to secure things in place while you adjust their position, when you're certain nail them in place. If you feel the structure is still a little unstable you can add some diagonal cross bracing which should do the trick. Sand down any rough areas of wood unless you want to spend hours pulling splinters out of fingers and use a protective coat so it will stand the test of time. Once the wood is protected, feel free to paint it but be aware that this will deteriorate with age and could need repainting every few years to avoid looking shoddy.
Your standard tree house consists of four walls, a roof and a ladder but it's not a great deal more work to add a little luxury, some plastic windows or blinds add a homely touch and can keep it warm enough for use in the winter. Depending on the height you have built it at, you could, relatively cheaply, add a slide which doubles up as a nice safe exit for kids. Things like swings and rope bridges can add a lot of force so be careful where you attach them. If you are going to add electricity it might be worth consulting an electrician as running cables outdoors is risky and attaching them to a flammable building is even more risky. When it's finished give your children a quick run down on the 'no-no's' and then sit back and wait for the 'parent-of-the-year award'.