Build a Tree House and Create Memories
Build a tree house and create memories to last a lifetime. Every kid dreams of having their own space and a chance to be king and queen of their own castle. A tree house is a place where a kid can get away from it all.
Build a tree house and create memories to last a lifetime. Every kid dreams of having their own space and a chance to be king and queen of their own castle. A tree house is a place where a kid can get away from the stresses of growing up; a place to express their talents decorating; and a place to invite others to. You might even be invited to a sleep-over. Keep that in mind while you are constructing the tree house, as you might want a little leg room when staying over.
Building a tree house can be an experience that the whole family can get involved in. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, but a simple sturdy platform supported by tree limbs and anchor posts in the ground can be the Taj Mahal to a kid.
When building the tree house, start from the bottom up, and If you do just a platform in a tree, choose a tree with large limbs to help hold the weight of the house. Dig twelve-inch holes in the ground, where you plan to place the support poles. Fill the holes with cement and place the poles securely in the cement; allow this to harden over night. Build the floor making sure to anchor it to the tree and weight bearing support posts. There really is no wrong way to do it. Just be sure it’s sturdy. And try not to damage the tree; it should be standing long after the kids outgrow the tree house. Redding, CA, has no shortage of great trees for your project, chances are there is a perfect tree right in your back yard.
Keeping It Safe
Be sure to put rails around the platform and check to see how many inches apart the rail boards should be for safety. You might decide to put sidewalls on the tree house or even a roof, but before you begin the project, you need to decide how basic or elaborate you want the tree house to be. Price the materials and your budget will dictate what you do.
Keeping It Real
You may be creative by using re-purposed material such as wooden pallets or used sheet metal for a roof. After you build a tree house, the family can brainstorm to think of other features, such as a basket on a rope that can hoist up snacks.
No matter how you do it, the experience of building a tree house and playing in it will go down in your children’s memory book as an adventure to be told about through the years.