This is the ultimate kid sanctuary so finding the perfect tree house plans to start with is as personal as it is budget wise. It becomes an even better experience if the family works together to build the sanctuary from mutually selected tree house plans. A great learning experience for a child (how to build structures) as well as bonding time and a sense of accomplishment for family.
Never again experience boredom or have a child think that he has no quiet place to get away from all the family pressures during the growing years. The treehouse or tree fort is a sanctuary, a place of one’s own to retreat to, fantasize in, read and sometimes even spend the night alone. Invite friends over and you’ll have a safe camping experience or fun sleepover all within their back yard.
Tree fort structures offer most children an unlimited amount of fun. In fact, you may find that your child doesn’t want to leave their newly constructed tree house or fort – opting to spend summer nights sleeping in there and packing lunches so they don’t need to return to the house three times a day.
While tree forts or houses are fun to play in, there is something that is even more exciting than time spent after the build. In fact, the process of making and designing a tree house or fort is something that you and your child will never forget. To make the most of this bonding potential, design and build it together – don’t rush just enjoy your time spent on the project, side by side.
Although obvious, you first need a strong tree. No trees in the backyard? Don’t fret, you can still build your child a fun tree fort directly on the ground or raised up on posts or blocks – you just need to alter the tree house plans.
The first step in building or designing your own tree fort is to familiarize yourself with all options and designs. Collaborate with your son or daughter, discussing each option and how it fits with your yard’s layout and landscaping. Working together to find an appropriate design is equally informative, educational and potentially relationship strengthening. In addition to giving you structural ideas, you may also be provided with detailed construction manuals.
Start your research together finding design and layout ideas online. Most places you find ideas will also have links to plans or manuals on how to construct the fort. Print off all applicable information, including building guides or instruction manuals.
Another place you’ll find valuable info is in books. Check your library for small building project books or your local bookstore. There are a number of books and resource guides available. These resource guides, like the ones found online, should provide you with pictures and detailed directions. If your local book store or library does not have any tree house or fort books, you may want to search for books online.
Once you have found the tree house or fort that you would like to build, you will need to purchase building supplies. Supplies such as lumber, nails, screws, joist hangers, plywood or chipboard, paint and perhaps some windows. If your local hardware or salvage store does not carry all of the needed materials, you should be able to find them for sale online. We’ve got some great tree house plans currently on sale at the GoodByeCityLife Country Store.
When it comes time to build your child’s tree house or fort, you will want to keep them involved in the process. While they may be uninvolved in actual building process, there are other ways that you can use their assistance. After you have reviewed the construction directions, you may want to have your child read you the directions as you go along or hand you the materials that you need. No matter how large or small their part is, your child will likely be happy that you involved them in the process.