Treehouse Bolt Selection for Hemlock

Treehouse design & bolt questions from Merritt in Washington: 1. TABs for western hemlock? — Yes, they will work in hemlocks. Here on the east coast, the Hemlocks (Tsuga Canadensis) are under attack from a tiny woolly adelgid. I don’t believe that’s a problem with the western Hemlocks (Tsuga heterophylla) […] Read more »

Redwood Treehouse Question

Question from Pete: “I would like to build my daughter a small treehouse. Are redwoods suitable trees for building treehouses in? As you know they are quite fast growing. would a single tree or multiple trees be preferable? not too many branches all trunk. What fasteners would you recommend? I am […] Read more »

Is My Treehouse Plan Safe?

Question from Greg, Bellevue, WA: “Building a treehouse for the kids; but now that my wife has researched a little is freaked out that what I’m doing isn’t safe so I’ll ask for advice on the basic support structure. Three cedars approx. 50-70 ft tall, 14″-18″ dia. at 12′ off […] Read more »

Winter Tree House Building

Most people, when building tree houses, never consider winter construction because they want to be inside when it’s cold outside. But there are a few good reasons to build during the winter. Building tree houses during winter may reduce construction induced stress on the host trees. Here’s 3 reasons why: […] Read more »

Whether to attach a Yurt Treehouse to Trees or Use Posts

Question From Peter: “I’m thinking of using 4-5 trees as supports for a 12′ yurt platform. The platform would be only 1-2 feet up from the ground and placed on 2 (very) roughly parallel beams attached to 4 trees (each between 2 trees), with possibly a diagonal beam additionally attached […] Read more »

Interesting Materials for Tree Houses

Question from Bill, Gloversville, NY “Where can I find materials for my tree house? What do you suggest for roofing and siding?…” Well, Bill, part of the fun in building tree houses is using some materials that you find yourself in your local area. Many simple kids tree houses use […] Read more »