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Structural Tree House Ideas and Designs - Page 2

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Step Three: Different types of support methods

Let's start with the three basic ways to get our tree house off the ground:

stilt treehouse


Some would argue that using this type of method automatically makes whatever built onto of it a elevated platform or shed and nothing more. This usually comes from snobby tree house elitists with nothing better to do than criticize others. The well know secret is that stilts are an absolute legitimate tree house structure support used in tree houses everywhere, by both amateurs and professionals alike.

Stilts are very useful for kid oriented tree houses that need to be too high off the ground. Stilts are easy to install, economical and very sturdy. And if you put your mind to it, some very cool and interesting designs can be accomplished using this design method. Check these out:



Since their introduction a few years ago, the use of Treehouse Attachment Bolts or "TABs" has been growing dramatically. Many professionals use this very practical piece of hardware to achieve amazing things that weren't possible just two decades ago. If your vision of a tree house is one supported by the tree alone and cause minimal damage, Tabs are an absolute must.

Able to support thousands of pounds, Tabs allow even the largest of projects to be safely supported very high above the ground. Knee braces play a very large role with tab construction with special hardware design for this very purpose. Watch the video below to learn more about them and order some here.

A treehouse being supported by cables


The secret is out, Suspended tree houses make for some of the most exciting outdoor living experiences, hands down. If you are a thrill seeker and love being in the great outdoors, a tree house being suspended from the heavens above is calling your name. Special care and though is absolutely required for this type of design and should probably be reserved for treehouse professionals and engineers. Not too great for those on a budget or who live in the more practical side of life.

Step four: Proper materials and code.

Now that we know how to go about support our treehouse, its time to work out the details on paper. If you are inexperience with conventional construction, there are multiple rules or codes that must be followed in order for a structure to be safe, and apply these same principles to your treehouse is a very wise decision.

Beams and joists need to be sized and spaced to the correct dimensions for the weight they're going to hold. Studs should be spaced every 16 inches apart and railings should be at least 36 inches high with spindles no more than 4 inches apart. Exposed structural members should be able to stand the elements for many years. Safety should be the first priority for any treehouse project.

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