Tree Houses

Build a tree house for the kids

A tree house is a dream come true for children; there are even some adults who wish they had a backyard hideaway to escape to from time to time. If you have a sturdy tree in your backyard, why not consider putting it to good use by building the ultimate getaway for your child to enjoy?

How to Get Started

Unfortunately, getting your hands on a tree house is not as easy as it sounds. If you want to put a tree house in your backyard, you'll have to do a little legwork because you just can't go to the toy store and pick one up. You'll either have to build the tree house yourself, or find someone who knows how to build a tree house to help you.

The great thing about constructing a tree house from scratch is that the tree house design is only as limited as your imagination. Themed playhouses are always a hit with children. But when choosing a theme, consider something that's timeless and will grow with your kids.

If you don't know where to begin, you can find free tree house plans by doing an online search – just type the words, "free tree house plans" into your search browser. Once you get your plans together, you can either rustle up the materials to build the tree fort, or take the tree house plans to a contractor so they can help bring your child's home-away-from-home to life.

If you decide to go the do-it-yourself route, all the necessary materials you need to build a tree house can be found in home improvement stores. If you choose to let a professional tackle the tree house construction, you and your child can spend time bonding while you paint and decorate it.

Cost of Tree Forts

Tree houses are not cheap to construct; they can cost several thousand dollars, even if you build it yourself. However, if you tackle the project yourself, you won't have to pay the hefty labor cost associated with hiring a professional contractor. And if for any reason you need to have the tree house removed, it may cost you as well.

Building a tree house in your backyard is a big undertaking, as it requires a lot of thought and plenty of planning. But kids are only young once, and they deserve to have a safe place where they can play, grow and leave their cares in the wind.

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