Freestanding Playhouse vs. Tree

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Old 05-20-20, 12:35 PM
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Freestanding Playhouse vs. Tree

Our new house features a "treehouse" though it's freestanding on stilts. When the previous owners built it many years ago there was a tree nearby but that tree grew and eventually grew into the back of the playhouse (See IMG_1625, attached). I'm hesitant to let my kids play in it because the tree's growth has actually shifted the playhouse forward (see IMG_1626, attached). I think if I can get the tree away I can reinforce the supporting posts (they used 4x4 posts so it's pretty stout) and make the 'treehouse' safe for play.

Would there be any ways of getting the tree to come back without cutting the whole tree down?
 
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Old 05-20-20, 12:44 PM
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IMO it would be easier to temporarily support the play house and then reset the 4x4 that has been shoved over.
 
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Are you suggesting to keep the tree where it is and move the playhouse?
 
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Old 05-20-20, 12:50 PM
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Yes, not so much move it as move the leg that supports the corner that moved.
 
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The tree growth has actually shifted the entire playhouse, so I'd have to move it a few inches forward on all corners. That's a tall order, but if there's no other way besides removing the tree it may be worth it.
 
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You won't move the tree and even if you cut the tree down the playhouse would likely still have some wobble until you reset how ever many legs that aren't close to plumb.
 
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I see, thanks. If I can get the treehouse moved forward would you recommend adding cross-braces to the posts for added stability?
 
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Cross bracing is always good.
 
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