Things to Know Before Building a Treehouse in Your Backyard

What's that, you say? You want to build a treehouse this year for you and your family? That's great! If you are looking for some inspiration or are unsure about the first steps to take when building your next summer adventure, you've come to the right place. Building your dream treehouse can be a gratifying task, but it can also be daunting not knowing where to start. Luckily, our experts can help guide you along the path to creating a beautiful, safe, and long-lasting treehouse. Today's blog post shares tips and tricks to help you pick out the suitable model for your new treehouse.

Our selection of custom treehouse plans, hardware kits, and accessories are specifically designed to meet the needs of DIY customers. These are also the same high-quality products used by professional treehouse builders worldwide.

Here are some general tips and information we need to help you get started.

  1. Contact a local arborist to assess the health, quality, and species of your tree/trees. Make sure you explain your intended use for the tree and where the treehouse will be located.
  2. If you can't get in touch with an arborist, take pictures of the tree(s) close and far away, including very intimate pictures of the bark and leaves, and email the information to us. We can try to help you determine the species of your tree(s), point out any areas that may be cause for concern, and then suggest some kits or hardware. If you're located in the Northeastern U.S., you can use Leafsnap, an app that helps identify your type of tree(s).
  3. Call your local township/municipality to ensure you have no setbacks or restrictions concerning permit requirements for a play structure.
  4. Draw a sketch showing the circumference of each tree at the height you wish to have the platform, the distance between your trees(if more than one), and indicate any other obstacles such as buildings, fences, and property lines. Check out our tips on how to do this.
  5. Make notes about your finishes such as siding, decking, railings, roofing, interior walls, staining vs. no staining, windows, etc... You can review our portfolio to get inspiration and estimate how much your treehouse will likely cost.
  6. Decide which "add-ons" you'd like. These include zip lines, rock walls, cargo nets, pulley buckets, slides, fireman's poles, etc.

Once you have all this information gathered, feel free to email us, and one of our representatives will help you get your project rolling.

Follow these steps, and you will be on your way to building the treehouse of your dreams! If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email, and we'd be happy to help! Happy Building!

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