Like many things, the idea of starting a big project can sometimes be overwhelming. All the planing and coordinating... procuring supplies... and finding the space and time to actually do it. A lot of us have so much going on in our day-to-day lives that even keeping up with the laundry can be a struggle, so the addition of a project like a tree house, especially if you have no previous construction knowledge, can seem almost impossible. That's why How to Build Treehouses Huts & Forts is such a great book.
Written for kids and parents alike, the book does a wonderful job of breaking down each and every step.
From learning how to pick the right tree and how to select lumber...
... to basic construction techniques and methods of insuring the tree's health, this great book walks you through it all. Since each tree is unique, the instructions and prose in this book also encourage lots of problem solving, ingenuity and creativity along with a healthy dose of self confidence.
And even though some of the designs seem a little ambitious for a weekend project...
... they encourage daydreaming and lots of time spent drawing pictures and imagining what the perfect treehouse would be. Would it be a fort... a club house... an enchanted castle... or maybe even a magical time-traveling machine?
And isn't that what it's all about anyway?
P.S. If you don't have a tree you can build a house in, think about using the ideas in this book to build a miniature version in a houseplant. Check out our Houseplant Treehouse here!
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