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Treehouses : a step-by-step guide to designing & building a safe & sound structure
text and principal photography by Lon Levin ; treehouse construction and technical review by Dan Wright.
Guilford, CT : Knack, c2010.
Part dreambook and part practical guide, Knack Treehouses for Everyone covers all there is to know about designing, building, and enjoying unique elevated dwellings - both for kids and for adults. It also includes extensive information on materials and building techniques, including tips on tree selection and evaluation.
     
The complete guide to building your own tree house : for parents and adults who are kids at heart-- with companion CD-ROM
by Robert Miskimon.
Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Pub. Group, c2010.
As children, many people dreamed of having a tree house, a place where they could go to get away, to play, and to relax. Today, more and more people, especially in the United States, England, Germany, France, and Brazil, are making this dream a reality. This dream, however, is not just for children; in fact, Corbin Dunn, a 26-year-old, lives in his tree house in Santa Cruz, California, full-time. The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House will show you how to create one of these sky-high getaways, whether it is a child's play area or an adult hideaway.The oldest documented tree house still in existence is located in England on the grounds of Pitchford Hall and dates back to the 17th century. This proves that a tree house can be a lasting investment, especially if you choose the right tree and the right materials. This book will show you how to select a tree, prepare the tree, price materials, purchase the best materials, use the right tools, and buy lumber. You will learn about all the tree house basics and the anatomy of a tree house, including the four corners, the diagonal support, the floor, the ladder, the railing, and the roof.In this book you will also learn about waterproofing, safety precautions, and building regulations and restrictions. You will be provided with design, building, and decorating tips, as well as non-technical drawings to aid you in the building process. You will learn about supports, windows, skylights, and tree house designs, such as shingled, two trees and two posts, and perch. Also included is an additional section on all the accessories you can add on to your house, like a ladder hoist, a fire pole, swings, a zip line, a trash box, a pulley and basket, a drawbridge, a crow's nest, a rope bridge, slides, and a trap door.Whether you are building a tree house for your child or for yourself, The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House will provide you with dozens of helpful tips, tricks, and suggestions from people who have already undertaken this endeavor. With the help of this book, your treetop hideaway will quickly become a reality.
     
The treehouse book
Candida Collins.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2009.
Tree houses have come of age. The image of a few planks nailed into the branches of a tree has changed into a new generation of specially designed and built structures, suitable as a playhouse, a study, or even a guestroom. Totally inhabitable and filled with designer furniture, plumbing, and electronic wizardry, the twenty tree houses featured in this book are to be admired, dreamed about, and even built. Featuring spectacular photography of exteriors set up among the trees, and interior shots that offer design ideas for living the "high" life, The Treehouse Book offers a fairy tale castle, a thatched cottage, a complete hotel, and much more. Each project was designed using computer technology and built using sustainable materials to create structures that only seem like fantasy. Each is cleverly fitted to the chosen trees, avoiding long-term damage to these remarkable structures. With a section on plans and building techniques to help the competent reader design and build a fabulous tree house for him or herself, The Treehouse Book will inspire everyone to dream about what life would be like leaving all cares and worries behind and below.
     
Ultimate guide to kids' play structures and tree houses : 10 easy-to-build, fun projects
Jeff Beneke, Steve Wilson.
Upper Saddle River, NJ : Creative Homeowner, c2008.
  1. At head of title: Creative Homeowner
  2. Includes index.
     

Treehouses are not only for children. A fantasy getaway high in the trees appeals to  imaginative adults. Our ancestors used trees as safe havens to keep animals and flood waters at bay. Perhaps it is that history, part of our collective memory, that explains the lure of the treehouse. Or maybe treehouses spark ideas of fun and adventure, a respite from adult responsibilities. Regardless of why, treehouses built to serve adults are popping up all over the country.

Arboreal hideaways are commonly designed to provide a getaway for contemplation or quiet activities. Builders are outfitting them with fanciful furnishings that aid leisurely enjoyment. Some treehouses are used as an office and as such are specially designed to be a supportive work space. Treehouses for entertaining are less common but are part of the trend. Many have electricity to provide heat, light, and power to the many small appliances that make the place comfortable.

The trees of Plessy-Robinson just west of Paris became famous in the mid-19th century for their arboreal restaurants. Parisans traveled out of the hot city to enjoy meals in the cool, refreshing atmosphere of the treetops.

Waiters served the food on a tray that was hoisted up to the diners by pulley. Each course was sent up by basket to the more than 200 tables high in the trees. 

Simple one room treehouses or elaborate ones with multiple stories will be attractive—it all depends on the design and details. A rustic finish will blend the house with its tree support, and with sensitive placement, a treehouse can look as though it grew up with the tree. Porches, stairways, and walkways can be part of a treehouse to expand space and make it more useful.

Treehouses provide a charming structure in which to dream, work, or play. Investigate the many designs out there and plan one for your yard!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff