Ever since we moved into our house last summer I’ve been planning on building a tree house in our backyard. Actually, it will probably end up being a bit too “rustic” to be classified as a house — perhaps tree fort is a more accurate descriptor of what I have planned. Anyway, I was recently inspired to think a bit more about this, and yesterday afternoon I stopped by the library and checked out “Treehouses and Playhouses You Can Build” by David & Jeanie Stiles.
After having spent a bit of time perusing it, I’d have to say that it’s a pretty fun and rather useful book. There is a lot of very basic carpentry information, tips for building tree houses, numerous pictures, and also plans for building three different tree houses as well as four different play houses. Unfortunately, none of the designs in it really inspired me. Some of are way too fancy/complex, and we lack appropriate trees for many of them… The woods out back are largely comprised of pine trees and, while there are a few oaks mixed in, I have a fairly limited selection to work with.
In all likelihood, I’ll end up building something that’s anchored to a tree on one end, but supported by legs on the other end. But until I have a firm design in mind, I’ll be continuing to search for inspiration. If you have any suggestions of good books or websites for this sort of thing, I’m all ears.