Few things add fun and whimsy to your backyard like a treehouse. They’re the perfect place for the kids to go when they want time to themselves and give parents a much-needed break from loud squabbles and games. Once you decide to build one, you’ll need to choose the right tree for your treehouse. The process isn’t as simple as you might think and your local Denver tree service
wants to help. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you start your search.
Think About Height
Building tall treehouses may seem like fun, but it’s not always the best idea especially for younger kids. Take a look around your yard and consider how tall the trees are in your yard. If your kids are older and your trees are more well-established, taller treehouses are a great choice. However, if you have young kids, look for trees that will let you create a building platform that’s closer to the ground. This will keep them safer as they climb into the treehouse and while they play inside. As a general rule, look for trees with building areas that are about 10 feet tall or lower. This way, they won’t get severely hurt if they do fall out of the treehouse or have a misstep off the ladder.
Take a Look at the Branches
Stand-alone playhouses have built-in supports and rely on a sturdy foundation to support the walls and the weight of the roof. When you build a treehouse, the tree serves as the foundation for the building. This means the tree needs to be strong enough to support the weight of the structure and everything that gets put inside the treehouse. Look for branches that are thick and don’t tend to move around much in the wind. You’ll still need to secure additional supports to the trunk of the tree to keep the branches from breaking, but the thicker the lower branches are, the easier it will be to build your treehouse.
Look for Trees That Aren’t Damaged
Broken branches or diseased limbs are a sure-fire sign of a damaged tree. The more damaged it is, the more likely you are to have issues with the treehouse. Damaged trees can’t support the weight of a structure in their branches. If you try to build in a damaged tree, you’ll risk the safety of everyone using the treehouse. Collapses can happen without warning and the last thing you want is for a weak spot to develop while your kids are playing in the structure.
Before you choose a tree, take the time to schedule an inspection with your tree company. Let them make sure that the tree is up to the task. If they think it’s not the right option for your project, follow their advice. Remember, it’s possible to build a treehouse-inspired playhouse on the ground and your kids will be able to enjoy it just as much.
Think About Choosing a Tree That’s Not Your Favorite
We all pick favorites and it’s normal to have a tree that you like more than the others on your property. Think about what makes you like that tree more than the others. It’s likely something to do with its appearance. You love looking at it. You enjoy sitting beneath the leaves in the shade on a warm summer afternoon. Whatever your reasons, it’s your tree. That makes it tempting to choose it as the place to build your treehouse.
While this is fine for some people, it’s not for the vast majority of treehouse owners. Choosing a favorite tree as the support for the treehouse means changing the way it looks and could impact the way you get to enjoy its canopy. If it’s the only tree on your property that’s suitable for a treehouse, proceed with caution. The last thing you want to do is consider your favorite tree an eyesore.
If possible, look for a different tree. This way, you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite tree without having to deal with the treehouse every time you head out to the yard.
Always Double-Check with Your HOA
Unfortunately, not everyone likes treehouses. Some homeowners associations ban them completely. If you build a treehouse and it goes against the rules set by your HOA, you may have to dismantle the structure entirely.
Before you start building, check with your HOA and make sure it’s okay. If it is, they may still have some restrictions on the type or size of treehouse that you can build. It’s normal and more importantly, it’s completely allowed. When you moved into the neighborhood, you agreed to follow the restrictions and rules set forth by the HOA. Follow them as closely as possible and you should be able to avoid any unexpected and costly fines.
Consult with Your Insurance Company
Your homeowners insurance policy may need to be upgraded when you start building a treehouse. Some providers consider it an additional structure while others may refuse to insure it at all and could void your policy entirely.
Before you start construction, check with them and make sure the structure won’t violate your homeowners insurance policy. Depending on the features you’re adding to your treehouse, you may need to increase your insurance limits for your policy. Think about what it would cost to replace the treehouse if anything happened to the structure and discuss your options with your insurance agent.
Get Your Trees Assessed Now
If you’re thinking about building a treehouse on your property, don’t start building until you schedule an appointment to assess the health and condition of your trees. Building in a damaged or diseased tree will only derail your project’s progress and keep you from being able to enjoy the new addition to your property.
At Bear Creek Tree Service, our team is ready to help you pick the right tree for your treehouse. Schedule an appointment with us and let our experts inspect the trees on your property for damage. If we find anything, we’ll help you address the problem quickly.