Reduce tree damage If a treehouse is designed poorly it is easy to cause damage to the tree, but by following some simple guidelines you can minimise damage as much as possible. It is impossible to cause no damage at all, but trees have evolved several techniques to tolerate damage and remain healthy. As trees are living organisms, they differ from familiar building materials in the following four ways. They can be infected by bacteria and viruses, causing loss of branches or death to the whole tree They slowly grow larger over time, increasing the diameter of their trunk every year They use a process called compartmentalisation to isolate damaged or infected areas They will compensate for a changed weight distribution Infections Airborne or insect-borne bacteria and fungi can infect a tree, causing localised rot and death and in some cases gradual or sudden death of the tree, eg Dutch elm disease and sudden oak death. Cutting the trunk or branches Nails and screws Bolts Slings, ropes and cable Growth over time
Fantasy Forest Tree House 8:57pm | Aug 21st, 2010 If this looks large to you, imagine how big it would seem to someone half your size or smaller. Like some childrens picture-book come to life, this ‘Enchanted Forest‘ wooden tree house may look a bit kitsch to us as adults from a design perspective – but for kids it is one very cool combination of fairy tale magic and real-life adventure. Held up by a combination of wooden beams and actual tree trunks, a spiral staircase connects this series of interdependent levels to effectively create a single (narrative) structure out of a number of semi-autonomous rooms and floors along the way. Each platform affords places to play as well as increasingly interesting views of the surrounding treescapes. -Via Dornob stumble Tumblr
TREEHOUSE PEOPLE Guide 2 Whether it is for the children in ones life or simply an exercise in creative construction, building a tree house can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned do it yourselfer. The good news is that once some initial decisions are made, the remainder of the project is usually a snap. First and foremost is the choosing of the right tree, or trees. Once the location of the tree house has been determined, it can be a good idea to do some close up inspections for where the main floor supports are going to be installed. Other considerations for the choice in where to build deal with whether or not the building of the tree house should allow for unobstructed, natural growth of the tree, as well as providing some leeway for wind flow and overly breezy conditions which may prevail from time to time. Often times there are some architectural choices required when a tree presents limbs and large branches which the home owner would rather leave in place.
How to Become an Early Riser It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. … and the next morning, I got up just before noon. Hmmm… I tried again many more times, each time not getting very far with it. It’s hard to become an early riser using the wrong strategy. The most common wrong strategy is this: You assume that if you’re going to get up earlier, you’d better go to bed earlier. It seems there are two main schools of thought about sleep patterns. The second school says you should listen to your body’s needs and go to bed when you’re tired and get up when you naturally wake up. Through trial and error, I found out for myself that both of these schools are suboptimal sleep patterns. If you sleep set hours, you’ll sometimes go to bed when you aren’t sleepy enough.
How to 2 Steps Part 1 Preparing to Build Your Treehouse <img alt="Image titled Build a Treehouse Step 1" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn" onload="WH.performance.clearMarks('image1_rendered'); WH.performance.mark('image1_rendered');">1Choose the right tree. The health of the tree you select is absolutely crucial for building a foundation for your treehouse. <img alt="Image titled Build a Treehouse Step 4" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn">4Talk to your insurance agent. Part 2 Making a Detailed Plan Part 3 Building and Securing a Platform Part 4 Laying the Deck and Railing Part 5 Finishing Up Community Q&A Add New Question How about lightning protection? Unanswered Questions Ask a Question Answer Questions Tips Warnings
Fantasy Forest Tree House Straight out of a Kids Story Book If this looks large to you, imagine how big it would seem to someone half your size or smaller. Like some childrens picture-book come to life, this ‘Enchanted Forest‘ wooden tree house may look a bit kitsch to us as adults from a design perspective – but for kids it is one very cool combination of fairy tale magic and real-life adventure. Held up by a combination of wooden beams and actual tree trunks, a spiral staircase connects this series of interdependent levels to effectively create a single (narrative) structure out of a number of semi-autonomous rooms and floors along the way. Each platform affords places to play as well as increasingly interesting views of the surrounding treescapes. Part of a larger theme park in the rural old-growth forests of British Columbia, this is part of a sizable fantasy-themed environment that blends natural wonders, wild animals and folklore classics both old and new in a kid-friendly resort setting.
So you want to install a Garnier limb? Author’s note: This post was originally published in late 2008, and for those of you about to try your hand at treehouse construction and setting Garnier limbs, I hope this gives you a good start. My treehouse business has since suspended operation, but I leave this post here because it still seems to help people find the knowledge and the courage to build a dream or two. For allowing me to be of that service, I thank you all. And remember, when doing any project, enjoy and stay safe. One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do you install a Garnier limb?” My answer always starts with one word: Carefully. Garnier limbs are the foundation of the modern treehouse movement, and come in a variety of sizes to address different needs. The good news is, if you’re taking the time to look this up, you probably already understand that. You see, the Garnier limb is, quite literally, the foundation of it all. “Properly installed” being the key phrase in that sentence. Finding a tree Yup.
Have fun Treehouses are fantastically exciting places for children to play. They conjure up Just William like images of muddy boots, scraped knees, and shining happy faces of kids having countless adventures outdoors in the fresh air. However, the prospect of putting together your own treehouse can be quite daunting. But the rewards are well worth the effort, especially if you involve your child in the process. Building things together can be a real learning and bonding experience for you and your son or daughter, and it can create memories you’ll both treasure for a long time to come. A home made treehouse that your kids had a hand in creating will also hold far more value to them than a costly Wendy house that just appears one day in the back garden. Here’s my quick guide to building your own treehouse. Location, location, location The biggest challenge of building a treehouse is finding the right place to put it. Construction There are as many ways of building a tree house as there are trees.
Top 10 Free Ways To Discover New Music Online Bored with your music and want to discover some new bands or singers? There are two main ways you can do that online. You can use services which create music maps, allowing you to explore artists similar in genre to the artists you already listen to. Or you can use music blogs and websites that showcase independent or up-and-coming artists, whether the music is being reviewed, or posted by the musicians themselves. Some of these websites have a community built around them, which gives fans the opportunity to interact directly with these new talents. Here is a list of 10 free sites to discover new music. TuneGlue TuneGlue is straightforward and easy to use. Using TuneGlue, you start out with 6 similar artists, and can continue to explore and expand on them. Music-Map A less flashy alternative to TuneGlue is Music-Map. Music Roamer Bloson The simplest alternative to these first three websites is Bloson. Zune One Track Mind The Hype Machine TheSixtyOne OurStage PureVolume Image credit: Sofamonkez
A field guide We finished Irena's version 2.0 tree house this weekend. The kids and I have been working on it for 3 weekends, and this is as far as it's going to go this round. Along the way I came across several tree house videos that I would like to share (and store here) in case we ever go to version 3.0. Which is doubtful, because the "next level" in tree house architecture seems to get a lot more expensive and probably requires permits. Here is one amazing tree house from Wisconsin: A multi-level, multi-tree tree house with rope bridge and zip line: Another zip line: But this is the ultimate zipline, in Laos: A handicap-accessible tree house: This one deserves mention because this is the classic tree house, designed and built by a kid, apparently on his own, apparently out of scrap lumber scavenged from construction sites: Want to build your own tree house? This seems like cheating, but it is a nice-looking house: These are tree homes, really, rather than tree houses: Tree House Living (For Adults)
20 Tree House Pictures: Play-Club Plans to Big-Kid Houses Treehouses are more popular than ever, as play spaces for children but also as luxury hotel (and even house) designs for adults. Some of the most fantastic plans and ideas can be traced to specialist designers and builders – and pictures of their work can provide some of the best inspiration (as well as an informal visual guide) for do-it-yourself recreational, residential and commercial tree buildings. Blue Forest is one such company, but far from the only one. Their specialty seems to lie somewhere between playful little fantasy structures and big educational spaces for children engaged in wildlife observation, forest ecology and related nature-oriented pursuits. The trick is to find a balance between safe and fun – railings are a must, as are sturdy supports, but whimsy and asymmetry help make these places feel more organic and engaging for younger visitors in particular. Some are like mansions, fortresses or castles – just set up on stilts instead of sitting on the ground.