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10 Things You Need to Consider Before You Promise Your Child a Treehouse

In recent times, you may have seen or heard about people who migrated from their conventional family homes to go and live in the wild, enveloped in nature. It’s, in fact, the best thing to do if and when you want peace of mind. It’s especially the best gift you can give your kid, as it makes their childhood memorable and filled with fun.

Well, getting your kid a treehouse is not difficult because you can easily build one using the available local tools and construction materials. However, you will need to keep a lot of things in mind before building your child a treehouse. Those things are exactly what this article brings you, so keep reading.

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Neighbors’ Take on the Treehouse

Unless you live in far-flung remote areas, or own a whole planet, talking to your immediate neighbors before embarking on the construction of a treehouse for your kid. You see, there are chances that the treehouse could affect their lives and lives, which implies that you should try to engage them and listen to what they’ve to say about the treehouse. This helps to maintain open communication lines, which in turn averts fights when you finally start to build the treehouse.

Legal Issues and Building Codes

Visit your local building department and inquire whether or not treehouses are permitted in your area. You know, you would not want anything to affect your plans, right? Well, seek to know about the permitted size, the distance from the ground, its distance from your other property, and whether it is allowed to include other utilities such as electricity and such. Failure to adhere to state laws can get your treehouse demolished during or after construction, or yet still, it can result to lawsuits and huge fines. Therefore, you need to play safe by acquiring engineered plans, construction permits, and other relevant documentation before building the treehouse.

Seeking Green Light from Your Hood Association

Once you have been certified by the building department, book a date with your local homeowners’ association as well. You’ll need to bring along a detailed drawing of your intended treehouse and any other requirements deemed necessary by your HOA. Above all, you should be willing to work closely with your HOA members to ensure that you don’t stray off course as regards neighborhood rules.

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Checking in with Your Homeowners’ Insurance

Before embarking on the building process, you’ll need to talk to your homeowners’ insurance service provider. Most underwriters demand that you first of all meet all the safety and precaution guidelines before approving and accepting to cover your treehouse investment. For example, they may require that children should not access a treehouse ladder without supervision by an adult. 

Choosing a Design Before Felling Wood

Now, everything building and construction calls for a good design before gathering tools the that you’ll need. It is important to think about the features your child would like to have in the structure. Be clear, if you want the treehouse to be a rest house for your kid, or you want it be a playhouse. While figuring out the treehouse design, make sure to put such factors as wood size and strength into consideration.

Seeking the Help of an Expert

While it’s for anyone to build a treehouse by themselves, some technical aspects may force you to seek the services of a professional planner. An expert will help you in mapping tree branches and ground base to determine whether your preferred ground has the potential to carry the weight of your intended structure. Also, think about the space your child would like in the treehouse, as fitting the structure into a tree is certainly the most difficult task when it comes to building a treehouse.

Choosing the Ideal Location

Now, this is the most crucial thing about treehouse building- choosing a suitable location and a sturdy tree. Put aside matters ground a bit, the tree you pick should be sturdy, enough to withstand the weight of the treehouse for as long as your child dwells there. Well, this is not to mean that the ground doesn’t play an important role here, as a treehouse structure needs a good foundation. Ideally, the ground should not be uneven or moist, and it should have enough strength to bear the weight of the treehouse. To ensure that the treehouse remains firm no matter the weather, make sure to choose a tree that doesn’t sway during windy times.

 

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Consider the Status of the Tree Species

Still on trees, look beyond size and strength. If a certain tree species is listed as threatened or endangered, you won’t be able to build on it. So, how do you check the status of a tree? Well, you can utilize plant websites, or better still, you can talk to your area horticultural extension officer. Whether a tree species is prone to dropping branches, or are short-lived are yet other factors to pay a keen attention to.

Support Method

Before promising your child a treehouse, it’s also important to know the different techniques of supporting the structure. There are many such methods but you’ll need to choose one that can withstand the weight of the treehouse for many years. If you want the structure to float slightly, choose the floating framework method. The other main type of treehouse supporting method is the rigid framework.

Remember: If the tree you choose is not study enough, you’ll have to get additional poles or wooden pallets to enhance the support for the dwelling from the ground upwards.

 
 
 
 
 
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Does the Structure Has a Potential to Damage the Tree?

Finally, this is yet another important to thing to take into consideration. You know, you don’t want to start building your child a treehouse, only for the plans to get ruined down the road. Now, the added weight of the treehouse, or the added weight from any automotive used during the building process, can compress and damage the roots of the tree on which the treehouse rests. When this happens, such trees become week down there, and as a result become unable to withstand hurricanes and other high-intensity winds. There are chances that such a tree is going to topple any time.

Cutting notches, removing branches to create room or the treehouse, and drilling holes to install bolts and fasteners can also cause great damage to a tree. Therefore, you’ll need to talk to a certified arborist to help you determine how much stress various trees can withstand.

The Do’s and Don’ts

Somewhere along the way, you’ll also need to know a few crucial do’s and don’ts of building the structure. Without further ado, let’s look at some of them, and they’ll go a long way to help you build a treehouse that will last for ages.

Find Inspiration and Work with Purpose

The society has already got into our brains that treehouses are meant for kids, right? And then a treehouse can make a great gift for your child, so it helps to find your inspiration and pursue it. A lot of treehouses have themes that relate to the kid’s passion or specific architectural designs that they love.

a tree house with lighting

Plan to Enjoy Yourself in the New Home

Before promising to build your child a treehouse, ask yourself if the design you choose will make your child to feel comfortable the same way they should feel when in a conventional home. We’re talking about installing well-appointed features like a small library, a desk and chair, and a mp3 player. Make sure to treat it like a tree home even before the construction process begins.

Get a Powerful Truck to Transport Building Materials

Transport materials carefully, using a loaded truck that can handle almost anything.

Plan to Have a Crazy Desk Space

Before building a treehouse, it’s important to thin about the luxuries you’ll gift your child, and one of them is ample desk space.

Don’t Ignore Land Conditions

We’re talking about climate. You see, every region is a treehouse region but it’s good to pick an ideal tree, wood, and location while taking into consideration other conditions such as the strength of soil, and such.

Don’t Build It Extremely Higher or Lower

It’s advisable to build a treehouse not higher than 18ft or lower than 8ft. You should know that beforehand, as it allows for a safer and simpler construction.

Don’t Forget to Include Your Child in the Construction Process

Building a treehouse for your child is just not your regular project but a perfect bonding opportunity. Think about the bigger picture.

Are You in the Mood to Build a Treehouse for Your Child?

Having your child live in a treehouse is going to be one of the most magical aspects of their childhood. It will be their private hideaway cave. It must meet their taste for them to love it. Therefore, get everything right. Now that you know about the most important things on matters treehouse, take your time to plan well and do careful construction.

While you’re here, don’t miss our guide to the best kid’s bedroom themes! Read more here.

Victoria Shepard
My name is Victoria, i studied Architecture at university and that is where my passion for interior design started. I love to share my tips and tricks with my readers and help educate people on home renovations and more!