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Hello everyone. Please bear with me as this is my first Instructable, but hopefully not my last. This should hopefully serve as a rough guide for people looking to build a treehouse. At this point I must caution you though as treehouses can be very dangerous especially if they are built high up in a tree. My treehouse was built entirely by what popped into my head at the time of construction. I had no prior experience when constructing it and simply did what I thought would work. While my treehouse did turn out to be very sturdy I would urge you to consult an expert and use high quality parts to prevent disaster.

Step 1: Surveying

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Begin by finding a sturdy, suitable tree in which to build your house. I was lucky and had a perfect tree right behind my house. My treehouse is about 10 feet off the ground on the first floor and 17 feet off the ground on the second floor. The higher you go, the cooler the treehouse (in my opinion) but also the more dangerous.
 
OJ135791 year ago

nice

jspringer71 year ago
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I seriously doubt that is 20 feet up maybe 10 to 15 at best
jtmax241 year ago
ah, reminds me of building treehouses when I was a kid. The treehouse I built lasted for a few years until the tree destroyed it by the limbs crushing it or weather conditions. I hope you have more fun building more treehouses, the more you build the better you'll get.
ampennes1 year ago
another reason that supports should not be connected straight to the tree is because of the dynamic nature of the different limbs. in the wind the distance between the limbs changes which can put a very large stress in the supports and can either break them or pull the nails/screws right out of the tree without you noticing which is quite unsafe.