A Kid and Their Tree House
Posted Feb 22, 2012
From age three on I always loved to climb trees. Yes, I was all boy. By age seven, being highly proficient with a hammer and nail, the only next logical step for me was to build tree forts. These nostalgic thoughts all came back to me when I was looking at the March 2012 issue of Family Handyman Magazine.
Pages 48 through 55 have some of the coolest tree houses that I definitely would have envied as a kid. It would be awesome to build one my son today, alas…I live in a neighborhood where the land was clear cut and the oldest tree is probably 12 years old with a three inch trunk. However, if you are a handy parent that wants to re-live your childhood, this Handyman article is great.
It has every tip from what kind of bolts you should use and how wide of a gap you should leave if building around a trunk. The also give you a list of books and websites to educate you on the art of tree fort construction.
I think my favorite part of the article is on the last page where it talks about special resorts you can visit and stay in some beautiful tree houses as you would if you were to book a hotel room. I’m the biggest dork, so I told my wife we are going to do this over the next two years with my son. I just know he’ll love it!