Tree House Design Ideas Tree House Design Ideas

Building a tree house is a great project for a family with children, and everyone can enjoy the result. Consider these factors when looking for your ideal tree house design.

Height of the Tree House from the Ground

For young children under age 6, keep the tree house less than 6 feet off the ground. Children aged over 7 can be safe in a tree house 6 to 10 feet high.

Platform, Walls, Entry and Roof

A platform 20 square feet in area will suit 4 children. A wall height of 5 feet is sufficient. Make two windows no more than 12 by 12 inches each. The door can have top hinges for older children who can lift it, or install a side-hinged door, 24 inches wide.  Cover a lattice roof with shingles to keep out rain.

Make a single ladder up through the floor, or attach stairs to a side platform supported on 2 poles for the entry.
To save money on your tree house, use recycled building materials. Build your tree house of fiberboard or old aluminum shed walls, with a waterproof tarp for a door. Consult books of tree house designs to find your dream house.

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