These 9 misconceptions are widely held by very intelligent people, so don’t feel bad if you learn something! In fact, we spend time with most of our clients to correct these misunderstandings during the design and construction process. Unless you are a professional treehouse builder, you will probably learn something useful about trees and tree houses by reading on.
Putting Bolts & Nails in Trees Will Kill Them.
Bolting and nailing into a tree will cause some damage, but healthy trees can respond quickly to compartmentalize around the injured area. Over time, trees will add structural material to strengthen the weak spot.
That Platform Doesn’t Look Level
It is very common for a client to see their partially built platform and question whether or not it is level. Don’t worry, it is. If the ground is sloped, even a little bit, then the platform will not be paralell to the ground, which makes it appear not level. By the way, the treehouse to the right really is out of level. 🙂
Treehouses Won’t Stay Level
The Truth is that if you put a nail in a tree at 10 feet above ground, then it will always be 10 feet above ground. Tree tissues only elongate at the tips of branches, not in the middle of the stem.
Treehouses Are Dangerous
When built with the proper hardware and techniques, treehouses are no more dangerous than being on a deck or back yard shed. The only exception is that you shouldn’t occupy treehouses during high wind or lightning storms.
Treehouses Never Require Permits
In reality, your building inspector may beg to differ, and he’s in charge unless you hire a lawyer. It is true that many municipalities do not require permits for tree structures, especially in more rural or country areas. However, some will still specify setback or total height requirements. If you are in doubt, you should check with your local township before begining any treehouse project just so you know what you’re getting into.
Treehouses Are Only For Kids
Nonsense! We find that most of our adult clients enjoy treehouses just as much as their kids, some even more so! We have also designed and built treehouses that are primarily adult-centered for a quiet woodland retreat.
You Can Only Enjoy A Treehouse In Nice Weather
By utilizing modern construction and insulation techniques, a treehouse can be built as a weatherproof year-round residence. Complete with plumbing, electricity, and climate control, you don’t need to leave the tree to be comfortable.
Treehouses Don’t Last Very Long
We design all our treehouses with the health and longevity of the tree as a priority. Long lasting materials such as cedar, mahogany, and pressure treated pine, allow our treehouses to last for 10, 15, and even 20+ years. Support posts can sometimes be added if the tree’s health unexpectedly declines, saving the treehouse.
A Quality Treehouse Is Too Expensive
Not everyone’s budget has the sky for a limit. We can create a safe, functional, and attractive treehouse starting around $5000, the same price as many full-sized play forts, and those aren’t custom or actually in a tree.