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Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Treehouses 3rd Edition Design and Build Your Dream Treehouse

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-06-21
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press

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This third edition of BLACK+DECKER The Complete Photo Guide to Treehouses covers every aspect of treehouse building, from choosing a tree and safety considerations to adding interior furniture and even a zip line.

Featuring extended building techniques in step-by-step photo-illustrated instruction.

For kids, a treehouse is a room that never has to be cleaned, a place for muddy shoes and bug jars and adventures real and imagined; a house that you can paint whenever and however you want, without gaining approval. For adults, it’s a room that never has to be cleaned, a place for muddy shoes and…well, you get the idea. But best of all a treehouse is up in a tree. And that’s just cool.

Filled with inspiring photos of finished treehouses and easy-to-follow instructions for building your own, learn with your family treehouse basics—choosing a tree, planning and design, treehouse safety—followed by building techniques for:
  • Platforms designed for various tree configurations
  • Framing and finishing walls and railings
  • Finishing interiors with paneling, shelves, and flip-down tables and bunks
  • Doors, both classic and in fun shapes
  • Windows, including shutters and pop-ups
  • Building and framing roofs
  • Modes of access, including ladders, stairs, trap doors, and a fireman’s pole
  • Playthings, including swings, a zip line, a rock climbing wall, slides, and more
You can get started right away by following the complete plans and step-by-step photos for making your choice of two popular treehouse designs: an open-air treehouse and a gable house with entry deck. To give you even more to choose from, you will find fully developed plans for all treehouse types included that you can adapt to your particular trees and wishes.

Build the treehouse you and your kids have always dreamed of with BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to Treehouses 3rd edition.

Author Biography

Mark Johanson is an experienced home improvement, woodworking and gardening writer and editor. He has collaborated and directed the production of more than 400 do-it-yourself books, including over 75 under the BLACK+DECKER® brand. He has also written numerous magazine and online articles on DIY topics. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Philip Schmidt is an avid environmentalist and a home improvement expert who has written many successful DIY books, including Build Your Kids a Treehouse, The Complete Guide to Patios, and The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds.

Table of Contents

The Complete Guide
to Treehouses
Lofty Ideas: A Gallery of Creative Treehouses 
Treehouse Basics 
Choosing a Tree 
General Tree Health 
Is It Big Enough? 
Trees to Avoid 
Grooming the Winner 
Choosing a Tree Species 
Planning + Design 
Building Codes + Zoning Laws
Parts of a Treehouse 
Design Considerations 
Lumber, Hardware + Tools 
Treehouse Safety 
Safe Treehouse Design 
Working Safely 
Treehouse Construction 
Treehouse Support Systems 
Treehouse Support Options 
Beams and Braces
Single Tree: Platform Nestled in Branches 
Single Tree: Trunk as Center Post 
Two Trees: Platform Spanning Between Trunks 
Three Trees: Platform Spanning Between Trunks 
Two Trees + Two Support Posts 
Framing + Finishing Walls 
Framing Walls 
Siding + Trim 
Installing Walls 
Building Railings 
Finishing Interiors 
Wall + Ceiling Paneling 
Shelves + Tables 
Flip-down Table + Bunk 
Doors + Windows 
Building a Window
Shutters + Pop-up Windows 
Fun Doors 
Classic Doors
Building Roofs
Framing the Roof
Sheathing + Roofing 
Modes of Access 
Trap Doors 
Fireman’s Pole 
Swings + Playthings 
Classic Tree Swings 
Zip Line 
Rock Climbing Wall
Water Cannon 
Speaking Tube 
Treehouse Projects 
Open-air Treehouse 
Gable House with Entry Deck 
More Treehouse Plans 
Plan 1: Gable Roof with Auxiliary Posts 
Plan 2: A-frame with Walkout Deck 
Plan 3: Half-covered Crow’s Nest 
Plan 4: Wraparound Shed on Stilts 
Plan 5: Triangular Tree Hut 
Plan 6: Four-tree Shanty 
Resources/Photo Credits 


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