How to Build a Tree House

How to build a tree houseHow to Build a Tree House or Fort: The Ultimate Backyard Experience

SW Louisiana is blessed with large sturdy trees and kids LOVE love to spend time in their very own tree house or fort. They love them so much that you may find yourself serving them dinner via bucket and rope!

This is a project that the whole family can get together on and you can create some wonderful memories while you are building something that will probably be in your yard for many years to come.

While a tree is a vital part of a tree house or a tree fort, it is not necessarily required. If you only have small, immature trees in your backyard or none at all, you can still build your child a fun play fort or house. Instead of building the structure in a tree, you will just have to build it on the ground.

The first step in building or designing your own tree house or fort is to familiarize yourself with all of your options. You can design the structure a number of different ways and the Internet is the best place to go on a hunt for ideas, pictures (think Pinterest!) By Googling the serarch terms “build a tree house” or build a backyard fort” you should find dozens of great resourses to help you out.

Once you have found the tree house or fort that you would like to build, you will need to purchase building supplies.

These supplies may include, but may not be limited to;

  • Lumber.
  • Rope, or swings.
  • Nails, screws, and other common tools.

But before you begin the build, it is a good idea to talk to your neighbors if your treehouse is going to be visible from or overlook their property. They will appreciate your consideration and help you maintain friendly relations with them and head off future complains.

You should also call your insurance company to make sure that a treehouse is covered under your homeowner’s policy. If it’s not, then any potential damage that is caused by the treehouse won’t be covered by your insurance.

Have fun and take lots of family pictures!