A tree house plan is a guide followed by the builder to build a proper and safe tree house. A tree house plan is formulated and used by the builder to make the project less haphazard and much easier for him. A tree house plan is designed to make the process of tree house building less technical and much more fun, with the end product being safe and aesthetically pleasing.
The following are some of the steps that need to be incorporated in a tree house plan, to make the process less costly, time friendly and less inconvenient for the builder.
1. Identifying Building Regulations
The first step in formulating a tree house plan is to identify and understand the building regulations of your area. Depending on your area of residence, building regulations will go a long way towards helping you decide on a design for your tree house.
2. Choosing A Tree
You cannot build a tree house without a tree. The tree chosen by the builder should be within the land owned by the builder. The tree should also be sturdy and strong enough to not only hold the house but also the weight of the occupants in excess. This means that should the capacity weight of the tree house be exceeded, the branches of the tree should be strong enough to hold the weight.
3. Choosing A Design
A tree house plan must provide time to research and pick a proper design that will not only serve the purpose for which the tree house is being built but will also fit the resources set aside for the project. There are some basic tree house designs from which the builder can choose from, these include: zelkova design, Kauri, New Zealand and Savanna. Information on the specific measurements and features of the tree house is readily accessible from public libraries and local building suppliers. It is important to pick a design that will easily fit in the tree and at the same time be easy to maintain.
4. Construction Preparations
Once the design has been chosen, the nest step in a tree house plan is to make the construction preparations. The first step in the construction preparations is the pruning of the tree branches without damaging the tree. Every branch in the way of the house should be pruned to make building easier, however, one must ensure to be economical and not excessive in the pruning. Secondly, the builder must ensure they have access to a proper and steady method of transportation for the building material. The most common method of transportation applied in tree house plans is the rope bridge.
During the construction preparation stage of the tree house plan, plan to put the supports and floor first before moving to framing and roofing. Ensure that once the building is complete, you have made plans to waterproof the house to prevent rotting of the wood. Finally, take the time to research and prepare for security hazards common in your area of residence.
Although it may seem tedious, a tree house plan is important because it helps you estimate the resources required for the project and also ensures that no step is ignored in the building process. A tree house plan also makes sure you are aware of the progress you are making with the project and what the finished product will look like. It helps to ensure you build a secure and beautiful tree house.