SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. For example, tree house railings are strong and substantial, high enough and close enough to protect small children. We have children too, and so our tree house construction methods are influenced by watching our kids play in our tree houses. We avoid placement of nails where they may loosen over time and create hazards. We sand down any rough edges on the tree house to eliminate potential splinters. Tree house entrance ladders are situated where they will be easiest to climb, keeping potential falls to a minimum height. We can use Plexiglas for windows or even plan to have operating windows situated over verandas or balconies to keep kids from jumping out. We help you determine the appropriate safety measures that make you feel comfortable. In fact, if you have any safety related tree house questions or concerns, we will be happy to have an honest discussion of safety and risk on play structures and tree houses. In many cases, building codes are not applicable to tree houses because permits may not be required. However, due to our previous experience in the ground house building industry, we know how to build our tree houses so they are code compliant.
Many nostalgic tree house features such as rope ladders or natural branch railings would not pass code on a ground house. Most of our tree house options such as zip lines or rope swings aren’t mentioned in the building code books either. So we will explain the codes to you, and then let you choose how you want your tree house built. We want you to know what the codes would be and why they would be that way so that you can weigh your aesthetic preferences against what the code books consider to be safe. We consider that informing you of those issues our duty as professional tree house builders.
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