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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 be BY JAMES AND MORRIS CAREY For The Associated Press In the movie Forrest Forrest said he and his lifelong Mend 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 Rids 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 basic design criteria that will ensure a safe and lasting tree house with out jeopardizing the life of the The process involves notching and cutting Build a dream tree Uprights 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 buHL Then build the rest of the structure from this Plywood Nail or boH the and top the ports with rate Fit along to take C after you have put down the plywood for framing Acceaa could be with an ordinary ladder In place and taken away when the house not In Simple nail connections I to the tree are sufficient For a more durable use lag The size and shape of the platform depends on available A tree Houseisfor keeping bad guys goodguysfin arid spying on the enables a child to be tlte inasier of his or her own house andprovides them with memories as indelible into its host branches and nailing 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 into a grove of redwood In contrast to the traditional branchsupported tree house the trunks support the floor system with this Since trees are alive and they the tree house must be designed to accommo date their Connections to the tree should be made using nails or con struction Lag screws can be used for added stability and a more 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 platform 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 the 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 using 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 the 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 the 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 the floorboards Posts will also be needed as sup port for a rail that will sur round the entire perimeter of the tree This is a safety All posts should be attached to the floor frame using bolts and Use two bolts at each The which should have a slight pitch for water can be supported in much the same fashion as the floor rail frame arid joist Painted plywood makes for a water tight Use brown or green acrylic latex paint that will blend in with the While a roof can keep lit tle ones it is the rail that will keep them safe from a nasty The rail consists of support a bottom rail fastened to the floor a topcap rail fas tened to the inside face of the support posts and the The rail can be solid or made of pickets from fence boards spaced no more than four inches In either the material should be fastened from the interior so outwardthrust ing movement cannot weak en the The same holds true for siding at Fasten ply wood or fence boards from the interior to maintain strength and prevent If you fasten from the only the fastener takes the and it could be pushed Once the 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 the 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 the rungs to about 18 and drill two parallel holes one inch in from each Thread the rope through and place a knot every 16 A tree house is for keeping bad guys good guys in and spying on the It enables a child to be the mas ter of his own house and provides him with memories as indelible as the initials so carefully carved into its host For more home improvement tips and information visit our Web site at Readers can mail questions to On the 50 Rockefeller New NY oremail [email protected] To receive a copy of On the House booklets on or send a check or money order payable to The Associated Press for per booklet and mail to On the Box New NY or through these online sites or BY HOMESTORE PLANS AND PUBLICATIONS For The Associated Press Windows and skylights cover your homes each room sports a high the walls and floor coverings are all pleasingly lightcoloured yet youre still wondering how you can work more natural light into your Consider the design of your espe cially if the 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 the stairs tend to block making it difficult to travel unimpeded across an entire An open staircase might be the 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 the 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 the as does a monochromatic colour The stairs leading to the basement echo the stairs run ning between the main and upper A nearly full wall of glass behind the stairs illuminates the area and creates an interesting play of light and which would be impossible without an open stair The bare walls show off the geometric eliminating the need for other wall decorations and thereby opening the 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 the 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 the carpet into the joint between the floor and the Finish the job by trimming the carpet with a utility The Careys for AF TABMCLAND off xsss 1st in Fabric Quality and Value BRANDON 1540 Rosser 7278981 Monday Tuesday and Wednesday 9 30 to 6 Thursday and Friday 9 30 am to 9 Saturday am to 6 p m Sunday 12 noon to Members Value Hotline 1866RFABRIC ;