Famous TV and story book characters have lived in tree houses, among them The Swiss Family Robinson and Tarzan. You should consider living in a tree as an adult because they make for great getaways. You could go to a tree house whenever you want to relax and unwind. Other reasons why you should live in a tree house are that they promote imagination in kids and adults alike and building one makes for a great DIY (do-it-yourself) project that will allow for bonding between yourself and your kids or friends. So, how do you go about building a tree house?
The first step towards building a tree house is finding a suitable tree for the tree house. The type of tree to build the tree house on should be based on the size and type of tree house you want and the height you want. A good tree is one that has branches that can support a flat base and one that is strong enough to support the load.
Consider your fear of height, or lack thereof, when choosing the tree. If you have a fear of heights, ensure that you are comfortable with the height. Another important consideration to make is the local bylaws. Some local authorities do not allow tree houses above a particular height while others do not allow for interference with some types of trees, especially endangered or indigenous trees. Consider your neighbors when settling on a tree for the tree house. This is because your neighbors might not be comfortable with a tree house above a particular height if the tree house would threaten their privacy (since you will have a bird's eye view of your neighbor's property).
Building a tree house might seem like a simpler project compared to building a real house, but this could not be further from the truth. It takes a lot to build a good tree house. This is because you are not building on a level ground and you have to find a way to bring up all the equipment, tools, and supplies you need for the job. If you want to live in a tree house, consider the use of the tree house as this will determine such things as the size and the need for a wall and a roof.
It is important that you understand the life span of the tree house is dependent on the materials used. Consider the environment in which the tree house is located. A humid environment such as under the canopy will make your tree house susceptible to damage from rot damage.
Start the building by erecting the floor. The base and the floor of the tree house should not necessarily be square since it is hard to find a tree that can support this. Ensure that the branches used can support the weight of the structure and the expected traffic. There are tree house fasteners in the market. These are important because trees grow and this could damage the tree house. Consider having a sturdy ladder and safety rails. For increased safety, choose a tree that is a safe distance from streets, fences, and power lines.
If you want to live in a tree house for an extended period, consider having the job professional done. A professional will have the necessary training and experience to do a good job. Hiring a professional gives you unparalleled convenience. Building a tree house can be time and energy consuming and it could interfere with your job/business and even your social life. A professional will have the equipment, tools, and supplies necessary for the job. The fact that you do not have to buy them yourself means you will end up saving money.