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The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House: For Parents, Kids, and Adults Who are Kids at Heart

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Good resource for beginners

    Reflecting back to my childhood and remembering the tree houses of that era I realize that those in this book are very different than using a bunch of scrap lumber, sheet metal, and cardboard from the neighborhood. This book gives detailed information and plans for a structure that will continue to stay in the tree regardless if there is a wind or rain storm.
    One of the most important facts covered in this book is who is going to use the tree house. Consideration must be taken for the safety, size, and construction materials. If the house is for children it has different requirements than if the house is to be used by adults.
    Building a sturdy platform is also important. The author gives detailed information for this fundamental piece of construction because it not only has to be strong but must fit in the tree/s. Particulars are given for supports and anchors in much detail. In fact, this whole book is about detail. From what I can see nothing has been missed.
    I specifically liked seeing the insert of colored photographs of tree houses. Tree houses aren't only for children's play but for adult getaway. Can you imagine a retreat in a tree house nestled in the tops of huge trees; complete with a comfy bed, high-intensity heat toilet, and running water? Yes, it is possible to have one of your own. This book tells you how to create one.
    Okay...now I'm on to the dream world of creating my own tree house. I hope you will do the same. This book is the source of our beginning!

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    A Fantastic Resource!

    The Complete Guild to Building Your Own Treehouse is a valuable book for anyone interested in building a "pod" or personal outside dwelling. Starting with a list of the best trees to use for your treehouse to adding accessories on your finished product, this book will help guide you through the entire process.


    Easy to read step by step instructions for basic treehouse models including a list of materials and the tools needed are provided in this book. Along with an entire chapter devoted to picking the right tree, safety measures are covered helping to ensure a secure and safe environment. A creative list for accesorizing your treehouse is also supplied with suggestions including: crows nests, zip lines, and rope bridges makes certain that this book leaves nothing out.


    Throughout this delightful guide are several interesting case studies from previous treehouse builders showcasing their experiences providing confidence and motivation. Full color photographs captivate the reader with their creative artistic abilities also providing inspiration. Armed with this book, a creative imagination, and the materials needed, this guide is sure to simplify your treehouse project.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    You Can Really Build Your Own Tree House

    As a child, did you dream of building a tree house? The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House: For Parents and Adults Who Are Kids at Heart by Robert Miskimon is the book to have. But there is one catch; you must be like minded in mechanical thoughts as construction builders. I say this because the book reads as if it was written for those who understand building terms and already like to build things.

    I, personally, had a difficult time reading the book because I knew none of the terms used in the construction industry. Yet, I think the book was still well written. Why? There were lots of pictures to explain things like the right/wrong trees to build in, types of tools to be used, nails and screws and their different types and sizes. Tables such as the one on page 38, is another example of good information given. Did you know dimensional lumber sizes are not what you think they are? The aforementioned table shows the true dimensions of a 2x2 inch board. Its true dimensions are really 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches.

    Something else to be noted about the book, when it comes to framing sections (doors, walls, windows) for the tree house, Miskimon said to think like you were building a house on the ground for parts of the tree house. Build them on the ground then raise them up later. He used the example of home builders you see on any street, bringing doors, windows, etc. already built to the scene of the house to install. Sample articles are written throughout the book showing how others who had dreams and wanted to have tree houses succeeded at building them by being careful in their construction.

    Lastly, another reason the book is a good one is the instructions are given in minute details. Even an individual like me, who has no desire to build a thing, if I followed the instructions given I probably would be able to build a tree house. But again, you must really, really, really, want to build one. However you feel about building a tree house, one thing is for sure, the only book you need is The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House: For Parents and Adults Who Are Kids at Heart. Even I, who would pay someone else to build a tree house for me, would ask the person to definitely read Robert Miskimon's book first.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    The Complete Guide To Building Your Own Tree House - For Parents and Adults Who Are Kids At Heart - By Robert Miskimon

    As the title suggests this really is a 'complete' guide to building a tree house and offers advice on every aspect of designing, planning and building the tree house of your dreams. This book takes the guess work out of finding a suitable tree, creating safety and using appropriate materials and places a great emphasis on getting the kids involved in a hands on way.

    This book is perfectly constructed and provides an entire chapter on selecting the right tree, planning and designing your tree house and the various additions you can make including making a rope ladder, installing a spiral staircase, trap doors, slides or swings. No matter what style of tree house you envisage, this guide will walk you through each stage in an easy to understand way that makes building your tree house a fun and exciting project fit for the whole family.

    If you haven't been blessed with a natural knack for building tree houses, and let's face it in today's day and age it's quite the lost art, then this guide is a no brainer. With easy to understand instructions, picture references and no building jargon you'll be a master at tree house building in no time.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Great family project

    When I was young, we bought a home in northern Idaho-a real fixer-upper with many interesting features. But there was one thing that sold my sister and me on our new home, and that was the stunning tree house in the backyard. It was painted to match the house, with double doors and a small wood-burning stove. We spent countless hours in that tree house, and it contributed to many of my childhood memories. The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House took me back to those happy times, and hopefully it will inspire parents everywhere to create a space for their own children to play and dream and get away from it all.

    This book is full of great advice-on everything from location, zoning, structure, safety precautions, and design. It's also loaded with full-color photographs, diagrams, and information on the tools and materials you'll need to build your own little getaway. Whether you're planning on building a backyard tree house for your children, or designing a more grown-up space for guests and relatives, The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House literally has everything you need to get started. And it's written in a way that is not intimidating, even to a novice builder. There's practical advice and easy-to-follow instructions, and I hope many families will take on this wonderful project and bring fun and joy into their lives.

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