Building Habitats

Top 6 Myths About Treehouse Building

posted: 03/10/14

By Artonique Nelson

"I can build my treehouse on any tree"

The species of a tree is important when deciding where to build. There are only certain types of trees that are stable enough for treehouses, and it's important to take into consideration how big you want your treehouse to be, as you might need to use more than one tree to hold it up.

By Artonique Nelson

"The tree doesn't have to be perfectly healthy for me to start building on it"

Be careful with this. The scent of a tree wound can attract insects that often carry diseases, which will be even more detrimental to the health of the tree, making it an unstable foundation for your backyard getaway.

By Artonique Nelson

"I don't need permission to build a treehouse"

If you live in a densely populated suburb, it would be a good idea for you to talk to your neighbors or insurance company about building codes, because if your neighbor thinks your treehouse is an eyesore, they may complain that it's affecting their property value and can take you to court. Yikes!

By Artonique Nelson

"Building a treehouse will take up a lot of time"

Building a treehouse can take as little as a few weeks, depending on how much spare time you dedicate to the project. You can also ask friends and family to help you out. Remember, the more hands you have working on a treehouse, the faster it will be up off the ground!

By Artonique Nelson

"There is only one type of treehouse I can build"

This is a common misconception held by many-a-builder these days. Open your mind! Not every treehouse has to fit the one room, one ladder prototype. There are plenty of possibilities when it comes to your backyard hideout. Just do your research!

By Artonique Nelson

"Treehouses have to be built high in the air"

Many treehouse newbies are stuck on the notion that a treehouse should oversee your entire neighborhood, but not every treehouse has to look like an upscale wooden loft. In fact, some treehouses are only built three feet off the ground. Building closer to the ground allows for more possibilities in terms of strength, center of gravity, and construction of additional levels. Bet you didn't know that, did you?

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