|Bensfield Tree House, East Sussex, England|
|Tree house in India|
Vanya Tree house is part of the Greenwoods Hotel in Thekkady, in the Kerala state of India, where you arrive by jeep to the forest area, and then trek up another kilimetre to reach this secluded tree house.
|Vasa park, near Stockholm, Sweden.|
BUILDING YOUR OWN TREE HOUSE
We did build a tree house, a while ago, but it was much closer to the ground than this as our tree house was for young children. We considered the tree and found a good strong, healthy tree. We considered all the components of the house: the platform, the windows and doors, the decks and railings, and also how children would climb into the tree house and get out. We were lucky enough to purchase a strong, sturdy second hand slippery dip from our children's preschool and incorporated it into the design.
The platform was built first to provide the support system for the whole structure. It was close to the trunk but with space to accommodate the tree's future growth. Then the floor was nailed down, then the walls and then the roof which was sloping and made of left over pieces of corrugated iron. No part of the tree house touched the tree but was just fitted snuggly around it. We also built a ramp as access which was possible because of a gentle slope behind the tree. It proved a very wise decision as all the very young visitors wanted to visit the tree house too and the ramp meant easy access for all.
Other considerations when building a tree house:
- council permission
- construction materials
- height of people using the tree house and if they are children don't forget the growth factor!
- safety such as height and strength of railings
- furniture such as seating: will it be built in or moveable?
POSTED BY LESLEY SHARPE who also writes at GNN Good News Network where you can get lots more positive ideas.