Kids’ Tree House Designs and Photos

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Tree Houses

People around the world live in, play in and enjoy tree houses. Although commonly viewed as a retreat for children, adults are turning to the trees for a little solitude, too. This Web guide helps you find the inspiration and know-how for constructing a tree house for kids or adults. (And you don’t have to be the Swiss Family Robinson to do it.)

Kids’ Tree House Designs and Photos

Studying photographs or looking at tree house designs can help you and your kids be more creative in developing your own tree house, and save time in deciding what to build. The Web sites in this section have plenty of photos and sketches to get you started.

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  • If you’re planning to construct a tree house yourself, think about the type of tree you’ll be building around. Not all designs will accommodate all types of trees. Some of the Web sites in the “Building a Tree House” section address tree selection.

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For photos of children’s tree houses …
To buy tree house kits or plans …
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Building a Tree House

There are some finer points to building a tree house, such as making sure you’ve chosen a tree that can safely support a tree house and the children in it. Learn how to construct the various elements of a tree house using the Web sites recommended below.

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  • If you’re not sure whether the tree you want to use for your tree house is sturdy enough to support the weight of the house, an arborist may be able to tell you for certain. Yellowpages.com can help you search for an arborist in your area.
  • Children’s tree houses are generally minor enough that they don’t require a building permit, but it’s often worth checking into just to be sure. Download the International Code Council PDF brochure to learn why building permits are important and the general process that must be followed as you apply for a permit.

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For instructions on building a tree house …
For smaller details…
To add playground equipment …
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Tree Houses for Adults

Tree houses aren’t just for children anymore. For many adults, they’re a trendy way to obtain a little peace and quiet outside the home, or even entertain guests. If you’re wondering whether a tree house is right for you, the Web sites in this section may help.

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  • Many tree house builders are also experts in turning visions of tree houses into reality. A simple search for “tree house builders” in your favorite search engine may turn up someone who can help you create your perfect outdoor retreat.

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To understand the appeal of adult tree houses …
For photos of adult tree houses …
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