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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 23, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Sunday Homes BRANDON June 2002 A7 A kids tree house is his or her castle Let there BY JAMES ANTJ MORRIS CAREY Pot the Associated Press In the movie Forrest Forrest said he and his lifelong friend Jenny were so close growing up that they were like peas and That veg etable combination would be an apt descriptive term for children and tree Kids love What is it about a tree house that can put a smile on a childs face Perhaps its that such a perch allows them to be high off the ground and see things that cant be seen with little feet planted firmly on the Maybe it has something to do with being enveloped by nature leaves and birds and Or it might be the independence that comes from having ones own secret hid ing place a place from which to spy down upon Whatever the building a tree house can be an exciting parentchild experience one that will be remembered long after the tree house is A tree house is essentially a platform upon which there could be a roofed shel ter and an open fenced There must be a small space for access by a but it should be otherwise enclosed to prevent Unlike plans for a those for a tree house are not feasible because no two trees are Building a tree house is one of those designandbuildasyougo There are bask design criteria that will ensure a safe and lasting tree house with out jeopardizing the life of the The process involves notching and cutting Use strong branches for A solid foundation The most Important step In constructing a tree house Is determining a horizontal plane In the tree where a platform or floor can be Then build the rest of the structure from this Nail or bott ttw and top ttw potts wttti rsM Fit strips along to take palings C after you have put down the plywood for framing ACCOM could bo with an ordinary ladder In placo and takon away when the house Is not In Simple nail connections to the tree are sufficient For a more durable use lag The size and shape of the platform depends on available space A tree house is for keeping bad guys good guys in and spying on the enemy It enables a child to be the master of his or her own house and provides them with memories as indelible as the initials so carefully carved into its host branches and Railing into the Consult an arborist or tree surgeon for advice so as not to harm the The biggest challenge to building a tree house is finding a tree that will serve as a The tree must have a rigid trunk and strong branches that will allow a suitable size at a convenient This can be asking a lot of one Sometimes a tree house can be supported by two or more For a tree house can be nestled foto grow of redwood In contrast to the traditional rted tree hawse toe trunks support the flppr system with this Since trees are aUve and they the tree house must be designed to accommo date their Connections to toe tree should be nwde using nails or con struction Lag screws can be used for added sjfcabiljty and g jnoje durable Avoid lashing the connections with cable or as each can stran gle the tree or limb as it The first step is to locate a horizontal plane in the tree where a level floor or platfdttn can be The size and shape of the platform will depend on the avail able space a square or rectangu lar frame can maximize space and make construction Begin the platform frame by fastening two reasonably paral lel two by four beams to the tree branch install two parallel beams per pendicular to the first two The trunk or sloping branches might need to be slightly notched to accommodate the platform Notches also will offer added support for downward loads and will prevent Complete toe plat form framing by installing joist spaced at 16 to 24 inch The joist can be hung from the frame using joist hangers or endnailed tjsing nails or construction If the shape of the frame for the plat form doesnt look anything like a square or consider installing the floor joist on top of the This will allow greater design flexibility by permitting one or more tree branches to pass through the Once toe floor frame is the floor material can be Fence boards are a good They are rustic easy to install when proper ly will allow drainage that will prevent Fasten toe floorboards to the floor framing with nails or construction If your tree house will have a roof or partial uprights con sisting of fourbyfour posts should be installed before toe floorboards Posts will also be needed as sup port for a rail that will sur round toe entire perimeter of toe tree This is a safety All posts should be attached to toe floor frame using bolts and Use two bolts at each The which should have a slight pitch for water can be supported in much toe same fashion as toe floor rail frame apd joist Painted plywood makes for a water tight Use brown or green acrylic latex paint that will blend in with toe While a roof can keep lit tle ones it is toe rail that will keep them safe from a nasty The rail consists of support a bottom rail fastened to toe floor a topcap rail fas tened to toe inside face of toe support posts and toe The rail can be solid or made of pickets from fence boards spaced no more than four inches In either toe material should be fastened from toe interior so outwardthrust ing movement cannot weak en toe The same holds true for siding at Fasten ply wood or fence boards from toe interior to maintain strength and prevent If you fasten from toe onlytoe fastener takes toe and it could be pushed Once toe tree house is you will need a means of getting in and out of One oftenused means is boards nailed to the This method involves exces sive nailing that can injure toe It also isnt very Safer alternatives are a wood frame ladder made of twobyfour rails and onebyfour Another more kidpopular option is a rope because it can be drawn up to prevent unwanted A rope ladder can be assembled using wooden closet pole dowels and halfinch Cut toe rungs to about 18 and drill two parallel holes one inch in from each Thread toe rope through and place a knot 16 A tree house is for keeping bad guys good guys in and spying on toe It enables a child to be toe mas ter of his own house and provides him with memories as indelible as toe initials so carefully carved into its host Fw wore home i and information our Web site it Readers can mail questions to On the 50 Rockefeller New oremail [email protected] To recfive a copy of On the Horn booklets on or send 9 check or money order payable to The Associated Press for per booklet and mil to On the Box New or through these online sites BY HOMESTORE PLANS AND PUBLICATIONS For The Associated Press Windows and skylights cover your homes each room sports a high toe walls and floor coverings are all pleasingly lightcoloured yet youre still wondering how you can work more natural light into your Consider toe design of your espe cially if toe staircase is an important aspect of your homes Heavy staircases cov ered with a dark wood or carpet will dim a room before you can say lights Even with plenty of windows toe stairs tend to block making it difficult to travel unimpeded across an entire An open staircase might be toe Even an angled or curved which would normally absorb any natural can become a rooms beacon when the vertical slats are absent because this condition allows backlighting and sidelighting from toe sur rounding The stairs pictured here lead straight up from a twostorey room to a loft The area is so bright that the sole artificial light comes from a few wellplaced recessed Slim rails in a lightcoloured wood placed relatively far apart enhance toe as does a monochromatic colour The stairs leading to toe basement echo toe stairs run ning between toe main and upper A nearly full wall of glass behind toe stairs illuminates toe area and creates an interesting play of light and which would be impossible without an open stair The bare walls show off toe geometric eliminating the need for other wall decorations and thereby opening toe space even Glue then trim QUESTION Alan asks When installing indoorout door should I then glue to concrete or then trim ANSWER Glue then be sure that the concrete slab is clean and Check for moisture problems by securely taping a 12 inchsquare piece of plastic sheeting to die using duct If moisture appears between the plastic and the it should be sealed with a highquality concrete Use a stair tool a large chisellike tool to seat and the edge of toe carpet into the joint between toe floor and toe Finish toe job by trimming toe carpet with a utility The Careys far AP K J PS Ill ;