Building A Treehouse

A. nguyen
by A. nguyen
We're parents of two small boys who live in a 1200sq ft house. To give us some more space, we build a treehouse for them in the backyard. We picked a good, sturdy cherry tree and did research on how best to build a treehouse without doing much damage to the tree. We asked our kids their input on what they wanted most, and took it into consideration (sadly, electricity was not included. :) It took us about two months, working mainly on the weekends. The treehouse is accessed through a trapdoor through the deck which you climb up through the ladder. Overall, it was a smashing success! My boys play in it every day, even in the rain. To see the full project details and more pictures, check out my blog post.
The treehouse, front view.
What one of the joist holding it on the non-tree side looked like.
We used clear, plastic roofing to help let in light.
The inside of the treehouse.
We made the door curved and stained it to give it more personality.
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  • Joan Bringle Joan Bringle on Feb 23, 2019

    More details about how to build the tree house. I've never built anything. Thanks!

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  • Lori Stevens-Nicholas Lori Stevens-Nicholas on Sep 24, 2015
    I love the clear plastic roof. It let's in the light but also let's in a great view of the tree above. :)

  • Joan Bringle Joan Bringle on Feb 23, 2019

    I will build this if I can get more instructions if possible. I'm a woman, never built anything before but I want a tree house by my lake just to sit and enjoy looking and listening to the birds.