Any kid who watched Swiss Family Robinson growing up knew what it meant to dream of the perfect play area. What could be better than living in a treehouse and having nature as your ultimate playground? Well, we may not want our kids to live in treehouses, but there’s no reason they can’t play in one. Building a treehouse or wooded play area is the perfect way to give your family endless hours of adventure and memories that will last a lifetime.
Treehouse building poses a very unique challenge—how do you build on a living thing? Trees grow over time and need to be able to sway in the wind and these two things need to be accommodated during the building design and construction process. Hiring a professional and licensed contractor can help ensure that your treehouse is secure and safe for your loved ones.
Things to Consider for Your Treehouse
There are many things to consider when building a treehouse. That’s why you should always consult a professional, licensed contractor. The great thing about working with a contractor is they have the experience to know what issues may arise and how to properly plan for them. When working with a contractor, you’ll be asked questions like:
- What kind of treehouse are you wanting?
- Did you have certain materials in mind?
- Who is the treehouse for/who is going to be using it?
- What size do you need?
Of course, if you aren’t sure of the answers to some of these questions, a licensed contractor can advise you on design styles and what they think will work best for your space and your needs. You can also expect your contractor to discuss with you:
- Whether or not your treehouse needs ground posts for support
- Whether you need knee braces or cables
- What trees on your property will work best for supporting a treehouse
- How to direct your budget for the best treehouse possible
Wooded Play Areas
Lumber-constructed wooded play areas are most often seen in public parks but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your very own in your backyard. Imagine a fort with a slide, monkey bars, swings, and more that your children can spend summers in fighting dragons, playing chase, and growing up in.
Like treehouses, wooded play areas can be a complex but fruitful project. As with all construction projects for your family and children, safety is of the utmost importance, so you should always speak with a licensed and insured contractor to get the best quality possible.
The Bottom Line
How much damage will a treehouse’s support structure do to a tree over time? What are the treehouse fasteners rated for? How do wooded play areas resist the elements? These are questions your contractor will know the answers to. If you’re looking to add a treehouse or wooded play area to your property, speaking to a professional contractor should be your first step. They’ll know the “ins and outs” of safety and design that ensures your family can enjoy the outdoors for years to come. If you have any questions about treehouses or wooded play area construction, call Mike at (334) 281-3001 today!