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How about Building a Tree House for your Kids?

There will come a time when your kids will need a little more privacy in their lives – a privacy which just their rooms will no longer be able to provide. The idea of building a tree house might come in handy. A tree house will not only give them a secluded place where they can play and relax, but their experience will also be worthy of remembering for a long, long time.

Consider a study tree, in the first hand. Chestnut, beech and oak trees can be couple of good options as their branches are strong enough to provide support to the tree house sans difficulty. You need not build the house too high up. A moderate height of 10 to 12 feet will seem higher to your kids in anyway. And by the way, make sure the tree is free from harmful reptiles or insects.

For best results, the house should be built close to the trunk to get the maximum support. In order to be the tree house a success, it needs to have a strong and secure base. Whether there are branches or not, diagonal bracing is a must. The platform should be level and properly fixed so that there is a minimum amount of swaying when there are uneven loads.

Once you are done with the platform, the next step is attaching the floor and constructing the walls. Tongue-and-groove floorboards and exterior plywood sheets are ideal for the floor and walls. If it is a more feasible option, reduce the amount of work you need to do up in the tree. Complete the structure with proper doors and windows while on the ground, and lift it up into place.

Amid the leaves and branches, a deck is a great addition if you want to provide your kid with a place to relax outside the tree house itself. However, there should be proper railings to make it more safe and secure. In order to make it more appealing, build the deck a little away from the tree house (perhaps on a different tree) accessible by a small wooden or rope bridge.

When the tree house is complete, you need to have proper access to it. A simple wooden ladder with handrails is perfect. In order to add more fun, go for spiral steps instead of the traditional one. No matter which option you choose, make sure that the ladder is sturdy enough to support a heavy amount of weight.

Most important of all, you need to check the tree house frequently. Instantly repair if you notice any sign of weakness. After all, a mishap would be the last thing you would want.

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