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A Treehouse Of Your Own: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building An Amazing Treetop Retreat

Here's a book for romantics—but with a practical flair! This beautifully illustrated volume guides readers through all stages of planning and constructing a treehouse. They'll find plans for several different treehouse styles, from a simple but attractive rustic shelter to an arboreal dwelling featuring modern creature comforts with electricity and cooking facilities. The author describes all needed tools, equipment, and materials, and discusses the type of tree most suitable for each of his designs. Readers are guided through construction of platform or foundation, frame, ladders, windows, and doors. They also learn the more complex aspects of construction, such as roofing, staircases, and connecting electricity for lighting and heating. The finished result can range from an idyllic playroom for children to a handsomely furnished space for adult leisure hours or even business conferences. More than 350 handsome color photos show every aspect of treehouse construction.

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (November 1, 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0764129066

ISBN-13: 978-0764129063

Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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This book outlines the stages, techniques, and materials to build one particular, very complex treehouse. While it does attempt to use the specific example to provide general guidelines and recommendations for treehouse building, there are other books out there which do a better job at this. That said, the author of "A Treehouse of Your Own" is obviously an incredibly talented guy, and it is cool just looking at the photographs of the featured treehouse as well as some of his other projects. The intricacy of design is truly incredible, and there are some cool features which might actually be practical to a backyard treehouse. Basically, I think there are very few people out there who will be building the treehouse described in this book or anything even close to it, as it would require the right tree, lots of expensive tools and materials, a huge amount of time, and a reasonably high level of expertise. But, if you want to challenge your conception of what is possible, this book will certainly do it.

We now have a tree house in the woods of our property. This Tree House book helped me a great deal in the planning and implementing of this project. With ideas from this book, the tree never saw one nail hammered into it. We have room to expand with a rope bridge and tower on another tree...probably will attack that this summer. In summery, this book was worth every cent spent. I have loaned it to a friend already. is a great partner in helping find what I need for any project or as a resource for the classes I teach.

This book had fairly detailed instructions for building one specific type of treehouse in one type of tree. Very little information on general building techniques, how to handle trees that shift in the wind, etc. If you happen to want the type of treehouse the author describes, and have the same tree situation, it would be useful.

Very good concise coverage of process to construct a unique dwelling off the ground. Enjoyed reading the narratives and will use as a good reference through the various steps. Good detail summary.

This is basically detailed manual for building (expensive) treehouse. I think you should have it if you want to build seriously.Lot's of photos, explanations, ideas.

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