Treehouses not only make a perfect addition to your home’s yard, but they also provide a haven for your children to play in, explore and learn. Children and their playmates spend countless hours living out their fantasies in treehouses – from cops and robbers to Goldilocks and Prince Charming- these innovative structures help children dip into their creative side.
Because the shape, size and type is, to a large extent, determined by the trees, many are at a loss on where to start with one of these projects. What materials to use and what tools are needed? Luckily, there is a solution to these dilemmas, check out this woodworking guide which is a tutorial and contains plans on how to build a tree house. This program features hundreds of tree house designs, their material and space requirements as well as the requisite tools.
I used the premium guide above to build our own treehouse for my son. I have outlined all the important things needed to complete the project. You can follow along the step by step plan I have provided after building ours. If you find parts of my guide difficult to understand shoot me an email and ill be happy to help!
Step 1: Determine the type, size, and the material required for the DIY treehouse
Select the most appropriate tree that is big and sturdy enough to support a tree house and determine the kind of tree house you want to put up.
Step 2: Precut all the required timber pieces
Measure out all the requisite timber pieces with the most convenient saw for you and ensure that these measurements are precise. Precutting the pieces simplifies the building process as well as arranging the pieces by their fitment areas.
Step 3: Set up the foundation
Dig up the foundation holes that measure about a foot in depth. Erect four pressure treated 4by2’s at each of the corners of the DIY treehouse as dictated by the treehouse plans and ensure they are firmly fixed to the ground by additional pillars. For increased longevity add quick drying cement to each of the posts and allow them to set for about an hour. Fix four planks diagonally across all the sides, about midway the height of the erected posts, for increased stability and strength. Fix another set of planks on top of these posts to create as secure perch for the floor boards.
Step 4: Lay out the deck
Carefully determine how the deck fits around the tree and lay out the floor boards and attach them securely to the floor trusses by a pair of sturdy screws or bolts. Predrilling the holes is preferable to nailing since it reduces the chance of wood splitting and allows you so seal in the bolt holes to minimize exposure of the screws to the weather elements.
Cover the sleepers with sturdy and durable plywood or any other suitable materials – refer to the comprehensive woodworking guide for affordable floor boarding materials. Lay the floor board while ensuring a tight fit between them.
Step 5: Build an access ladder
Ensure that the entrance to the treehouse is located on the most convenient side and create a ladder that is complete with hand rails to reduce any tripping incidences. Firmly attach the premeasured wood pieces sequentially in place and fix each step in place using sturdy screws.
Step 6: Set up the railing
Fix for corner posts on the floor deck and attach them securely with sturdy screws or bolts. For additional strength and stability, rafter ties need to be added to the corner posts. Ensure that the posts are level and then fix the handrail all around the now finished deck. The handrail can have a variety of shapes as opposed to the usual rectangular or square shaped in most treehouse projects. The complete woodworking guide offers great insights into the various handrails options that will make your treehouse plan stand out.
Step 7: Set up the playhouse
Lay out the foundation sleeper boards and nail them securely to the deck with sturdy deck screws. The playhouse should be placed in the middle of the treehouse while ensuring there’s plenty of space all round. Erect the corner pillars on each side and include two pillars in the center of each side.
Board up the sides making sure to measure out the windows and the doors. For extra aesthetics, fix hewn wood pieces on the top of the wall boards to give a rustic finish to the treehouse project. Set up the roof trusses and attach them securely making sure to factor in the roofing style. A tall roof lends a classy finish to your project and a variety of roofing styles are available in the premium woodworking tutorial. Any roof that is selected should ensure proper drainage is maintained to prevent water accumulating and destroying the treehouse project.
Fix the windows and the door while ensuring that they open inwards to prevent injuries. Ensure that appropriate screws securely attach all the hinges for added safety. Creatively paint the playhouse with brilliant colors that match the surroundings and give it a unique look.