The Best Tree House Ever: How to Build a Backyard Tree House the Whole World Will Talk About

The Best Tree House Ever: How to Build a Backyard Tree House the Whole World Will Talk About

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by Maurice Barkley
     
 

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When his two young grandsons clamored for a hideout in the trees, what could Maurice Barkley, a sixty-something retiree, do but grab some wooden beams and a level? Now, more than ten years, seven tiny houses, and a spiral staircase later, Barkley’s grandkids can truly say they have the best tree house ever. With a backyard that has become a tourist

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When his two young grandsons clamored for a hideout in the trees, what could Maurice Barkley, a sixty-something retiree, do but grab some wooden beams and a level? Now, more than ten years, seven tiny houses, and a spiral staircase later, Barkley’s grandkids can truly say they have the best tree house ever. With a backyard that has become a tourist destination and the delighted cries of children playing pretend sounding in his ears, Barkley shares his pro building tips, floor plans, and how-tos in an easy-to-use guide anyone with a hankering for nature and a set of basic carpenter’s tools can follow.


The Best Tree House Ever records the creation and growth of a child-sized village built high above the ground and documents the wonderful, unexpected consequences—the visitors, the excitement, and the hundreds of friendships made—that occurred along the way. Filled with plans and construction details of Barkley’s entire tree house village, The Best Tree House Ever leads adventurers of every age to explore the magical worlds hidden amongst the foliage.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Barkley is a do-it-yourselfer and author of Build Your Own Treehouse, which includes the same tree house complex covered in his newest title. While the tree house designs are unique and imaginative, there are a lot of necessary fundamentals missing. Barkley jumps right into bridges and decking, without addressing site preparation, tree suitability, or platforms. Some of the design details show exploded views but don't include measurements. VERDICT Although the fantastic aerial village depicted here reflects the author's cleverness, this book isn't the best starting point for the basics of tree house construction. For more attention to site prep, construction, and safety, see Philip Schmidt's Black & Decker The Complete Guide: Build Your Kids a Treehouse. Likewise, any tree house book by David & Jeanie Stiles (Treehouses & Playhouses You Can Build) should be the cornerstone of any tree house collection. Purchase only where some design variety is warranted.

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ISBN-13:
9781626363069
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,007,816
File size:
32 MB
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Meet the Author

Maurice Barkley lives with his wife Marie in a suburb of Rochester. He is retired from a career as a commercial artist and has spent the last decade building tree houses for his grandchildren.

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I dont realy have one
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Never read before need some reviews before i spend my mola.