If you get the chance, build a tree house for your kid. I have three. All daughters. And one weekend, I built them a tree house. Let me tell you that it was easy and fun. Just keep in mind the following three things:
Okay. Here's a picture of the tree house I built. I know what you're thinking. It's not a tree house, because it's supported on two sides by a fence, and it has one corner with a post in the ground. Yep. That's my tree house.
No way am I building an actual tree house that's totally supported by only a tree! In my situation, I have limited space. So, I picked the corner of the fence, and donated a 6-foot by 6-foot area for the tree house. I used two walls of the fence for part of the house. And the outside corner is a post support.
I kept the house design simple. 6 feet by 6 feet. About 3-4 feet high. One side door. One small window. And a hatch that opens up to access the roof top. I built the tree house around the existing tree. I didn't cut any branches. I just kept it as is and built the structure around the existing tree.
I purchased all the wood and screws at The Home Depot. I used 30 boards of 1" x 8" x 6'. That made the design simple and reduced cutting boards. I used the 1" x 8" boards for the flooring, walls, and roof. And I used 2" x 4" studs for the structural components of the floor and roof. I purchased boxes of exterior deck screws. I used about 100 to fasten the 1" x 8" boards. And I used 3" lag screws with a 3/8" head for the main structural fastening of the 2" x 4" boards. This made installing the fasteners very simple and easy to do.
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