Both kids and adults can enjoy building a treehouse. Would you like to learn how to build a treehouse?
Having a treehouse in your backyard means fun for both kids and adults alike. But before the fun begins, you’ll need to put in the work and we are going to make it easier for you by listing the steps you need to take to build a treehouse.
Building a treehouse might seem like a simple task, but you’ll need to take steps to ensure the treehouse is sturdy and secure. If you want to build a treehouse in your backyard, here are the steps you need to take.
Choose a Tree
Choose a healthy tree that has reached its peak growth. You’ll want a mature tree, as it will serve as the foundation of your treehouse.
It would be best to use deciduous hardwoods like maple, oak, beech, apple, and ash. These trees are both beautiful and robust. Good and healthy tree is very important if you want to build a treehouse.
Check Local Building Laws
Before starting construction, call your local zoning and permitting departments and schedule personal appointments. You’ll want to make sure you have clearance for construction, so you won’t be forced to take down the structure after you finish building it.
You’ll also need to call your local utility to companies. Since you’ll be building deep holes for your treehouse’s footers, you’ll want to make sure you don’t hit any underground cables and pipes.
Design Your Treehouse
Every well-built treehouse uses a thoughtfully-crafted plan as a basis. A plan will guide your decisions throughout the building process, so you’ll always know what step to take next. You might find various treehouse designs in books and other sources, but you need to make sure you tweak any plan you use according to your own tree.
Mark the Post Spots
Mark four spots around the tree, forming a square shape. These will be the spots where you place the post footings. You’ll want to make sure the square measures 8 feet by 8 feet. You can mark each corner of the square by pounding wooden stakes into the soil.
Dig the Footer Spots
Now that you’ve marked the appropriate spots for your post footers, you need to dig four holes. Bed the bottom of each hole with about three inches of gravel. Next, put a cardboard foam tube in each hole and be sure that around 2 inches of each tube pop up above the ground.
Pour the Footers
Mix concrete. Then, fill each foam tube until the concrete fills the top of the tube. Smooth out the concrete to keep it flat. While the concrete is still wet, set a J-bolt into each concrete footing.
Mount Each Post
Install a post base for all the footers. Be sure to use the included washer and nut that clamps onto the embedded J-bolt.
Next, set a six-by-six atop each post base. Temporarily secure the post by tacking two two-by-fours to each post. Be sure you form a triangular brace.
Build the Floor Frame
With four two-by-tens, make a square that will act as the outside perimeter of the floor frame. The frame should measure 8 feet by 8 feet.
Cut two of the two-by-tens, making each one measure 7 feet and 9 inches. Keep all remaining two-by-tens measuring 8 feet. Finally, nail the four boards together with nails on end to form a square.
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