dreamstime_xxl_6684684By this point in our blog series, you are probably chomping at the bit to get started on your treehouse. You’ve studied past designs, learned from others’ mistakes, and called Whatcom Tree Service to check over your treehouse tree. Time to get building, right?

Make a Plan

Part of treehouse planning is picking the right tree and ensuring your tree can support the structure you want to build. The other part of that is, of course, planning a treehouse design that will support enough weight for your kids (and you) to go up in it. Unless you’re a master builder or architect, this will take a bit of planning before you begin building.

Supporting Your Treehouse

When it comes to support, you want to be sure you’re providing ample bolstering for the structure you build. At the same time, your tree is still a healthy living thing, so you don’t want to hurt it or hamper its growth with your treehouse. Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your structure:

  • How will you attach your planks to the tree? Fewer large bolts drilled into the tree are actually better than lots of nails and screws
  • Will your tree still be able to grow? The idea behind good treehouse design is that your tree will stay healthy and be able to keep growing. Be sure to leave space in the floor of your treehouse for the trunk to expand over time
  • Did you account for weather? Your treehouse will likely experience a lot of wind and moisture. Find materials that will withstand rain and hold up to strong wind

dreamstime_xxl_31093391Gathering Materials

During your planning process, one of the key bits of research you will need to do is look into which building materials are the best for your climate. In Bellingham, it’s important your treehouse be able to withstand both rain and cold without rotting. Reclaimed wood can be an excellent way to stay eco-friendly, but you’ll want to research which varieties of wood hold up well to a lot of moisture and how to treat it so it will last. Depending on where you live, composite materials may withstand climate fluctuations better. However, using wood over composite will likely affect the health of your living tree less, as your tree will try to grow around the wood.

Prepping Your Tree

Before you begin attaching boards to your tree, do a little yard maintenance. If your perfect tree is packed in amongst a large quantity of other foliage, you may want to clear out some of it before you add a treehouse to the already packed area. A tree removal service like Whatcom Tree Service can trim back branches, check the health of your treehouse tree, and even take care of tree felling any unhealthy foliage in your yard, if necessary.

Now that you’re prepared to build your treehouse, it’s time to get started! Come back for the final installment of our treehouse blog series, in which we’ll provide tips for the building process. Be sure you call Whatcom Tree Service in Bellingham to take care of any tree removal or trimming before you start building. Schedule an appointment today!