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Product Details

  • Series: Weekend Project Book
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (May 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395892732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395892732
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Stiles earned a bachelor degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute, and is a designer, builder, architectural renderer, and writer and illustrator. Together with wife Jeanie, collectively known as Americaís First Couple of Do-It-Yourself Building Projects. David has written 13 books on woodworking, which include Storey's Garden Retreats and the popular Rustic Retreats. Combined, these 13 books have sold nearly 300,000 copies. Additionally, David's articles have appeared in publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Country Living, Cottage Life, and the New York Times Magazine. He is a member of the Friends of the Society of Illustrators.

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Customer Reviews

This is an amazing book for building your kids a tree house.
H. Lynn-Blake
I was pleased with the information and illustrations found in the book...it was very informative.
Vincent P. Barabba
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for treehouse and accessory ideas.
Vol G. Williams

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138 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Hutch on May 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
My background as a residential/light commercial builder for over 30 years has given me the opportunity to construct a few tree houses along the way. With a large tree house project coming up and more than a few years since my last project I wanted to make sure I was on top of the latest technology. This book is great! It will show you how to construct a tree house in a single tree or using 2, 3 or 4 trees. There are several different approaches the book takes which will cover just about every project you may face.
I purchased "Home Tree Home: Principles of Treehouse Construction and Other Tall Tales" hoping to find what I was looking for and although it was a fine book it cannot hold a candle to this.
This book covers safety and construction issues that I never even thought about. It has good solid engineering and design. If you follow the books advice you, and your kids, will have a great time building your tree house and will enjoy it for years to come.
So if you are building your mother-in-law a place to stay while in town or just a simple platform a few feet off the ground for the kids to eat lunch on, this is the book for you.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a step-by-step plan to building a basic treehouse and many fun additions on to the treehouse such as crows nests, rope ladders, pulleys, telephones,furniture and more. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. If you want to build a more complicated treehouse(for example a treehouse with electrical outlets or more than 2 rooms) this book most likely isn't for you. For people who just want to browse pictures of amazing treehouses around the world I suggest Peter Nelson's Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living out on A Limb.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By less2@ibm.net on October 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
The best book on tree houses! This is a great book for adults and children. David Stiles is the leading authority on tree houses and this beautifully illustrated book covers everything you need to know on how to build them. From conception to construction, this book will tap into your childhood dreams and set you to building the tree house that is right for you. Practical step by step instructions, and full color spreads of finished tree houses and huts. If you are even thinking about building a treehouse for your self or your kids, this is the only book you will ever need.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on September 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
It you keep in mind that building a tree house is not exactly rocket science, then you will see why this book is so useful. It's crammed full of practical ideas and schemes you can either follow through to complete a tree house or use as a jumping off point to make your kids their own customized getaway. You still have to be able to use power tools, measure correctly (so your tree house will not be out of square like ours), find the right materials, and have more than a few days to get the job done. Still, unless you plan to build a tree house for your permanent abode, this is the only guide you will need.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have no construction background whatsoever, but after reading this book I was able to build a very nice treehouse for my kids. My only negative observation of this book is that occasionally the artist's renderings fail to accurately show how treehouse features would be sructurally implemented (ie. a roof support post coming out of the middle of the the treehouse floor, but no apparent structure under the floor to attach it to). Besides an occasional artistic oversight, I thought the book was well worth the price. Give it a try. You can do it, too.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joseph B. Mirrow on November 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Like the 24 other reviews of this book I built a great treehouse for my kids in fall 2002. Many, many people ask me how I learned to build one and I simply show them the book. I even used an illustration to modify a one-tree tree house into a two tree treehouse that is 8 X 10 feet and 15 feet off the ground. My 8 year old daughter built a rope ladder and had a blast. I've since looked at several other treehouse books to see how this one compares - and for the price, it's well worth it.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Vol G. Williams on July 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I used the ideas and illustrations in this book to build my daughter a treehouse in our backyard. Although I used my own design, I used many of the tips for tree connections, platform supports, and other information the Stiles provide in their book. It is evident they have a real love for their subject. Since I have a lot more trees on the property, we have plans to continue expanding the treehouse complex. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for treehouse and accessory ideas.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
We built a fantastic treehouse this summer using many of the ideas from this book. My 8-yr old son and 6-yr old daughter learned so much from the simple illustrations. The book helped us decide on a tree, a design, and gave us nuts & bolts instructions as well as many practical tips. We highly recommend this book!
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