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Black & Decker The Complete Guide: Build Your Kids a Treehouse (Black & Decker Complete Guide) Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2007

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Help your kids explore their imaginations with a well-built tree house. Schmidt (Decorating with Architectural Details) presents a well-organized guide to the basics of tree house building. Good photos and clear, detailed instructions lead readers through six designs. There is an informative section on what species of tree is best to "host" your structure as well as cautionary information on building codes and zoning. This is a solid book, but it lacks the flare and spirit of David and Jeanie Stiles's Treehouses & Playhouses You Can Build. Still, Schmidt provides great instruction and a solid foundation. Recommended. - Library Journal March 1, 2007

Book Description

Treehouses Anyone Can Build!  Black & Decker Build A Treehouse! that is a basic yet complete presentation of how to plan, design, and build a safe, fun treehouse structure for children. The book begins with an inspirational chapter showing the many treehouse variations that are possible. Next, a chapter on basic techniques shows how the essential treehouse platform can be built and secured in any tree configuration-nestled high among the branches or designed so the trunk passes up through the center, and every variation in-between Then, separate chapters show the techniques for adding walls, roofs, ladders, access hatches and accessories. The final chapter of the book gives complete plans for the treehouses, from the very simple to the surprisingly sophisticated.
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Product Details

  • Series: Black & Decker Complete Guide
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589232879
  • ASIN: B005ZO55S8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought 5 tree house books from Amazon last year. The others are very inspirational, kid of like [...] who makes the worlds coolest treehouses. This book gives great instruction for the common man. Buy multiple books when planning your treehouse, but own this one before you build. b
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This book gives some good ideas and basic treehouse construction information. I saw what looked like the same book at Lowes, but it's an updated version with more plans for doors, windows, etc. I would recommend getting the updated version of the book instead of this one.
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Very good book for dummys who wants to build a treehouse! Easy understanding and detailed information about every step on biulding
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Book is just what I was looking for to help me design and build a treehouse for my grandsons. Good details and simple instructions on how to do different kinds of tree houses that will be same for them. Recommend it as a good book to help you get started.
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Bought this book to get an idea of different ways to structure and stabilze not only a treehouse but any children's house. Good references and pictures.
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I bought two books based on Amazon reviews and found this to be the better of the two. I built the treehouse off of the designs shown in the book. I wish it was even more "cookbook" like, as I am relatively new at this stuff and it took me a while to figure out how to do it.
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Good book with great ideas. We will have one of these plans used for a treehouse the kids will love on our best, huge tree, without damaging the tree either. I think a plan can be found to suite most people and whatever tree they may use for this. Many ideas in this book. We will hire our handyman for the project. My husband and the grandchildren will help, but we want professional help to get it built securely.
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I am a person who actually built a tree house by using this book as the main source of information (our tree house looks somewhat like the one on the cover, but with a larger deck and a different roof configuration). The book's approach is to teach you how to built a lightweight shed with an unusual "foundation" design in as few pages as possible. They first explain how to choose the right tree. There is plenty of good advice on how to design and build the platform, which is by far the most important part any tree house. I built mine a little sturdier than they recommended with additional bracing support for the beams and platform corners reinforced with thick steel rods. I followed their advice on framing the walls and roof support, which worked out very well. I had to buy another book on shed construction for more ideas about siding, trim, doors, windows, and roofs - this book is a little sparse in those areas. For example, they don't tell you how to build metal roofs, which usually require installing a deck first, so they don't talk about that either. There is a plan section in the back with six or seven different designs complete with the lists of materials.

I would not use the book as an instruction manual - use your creativity and improvise on their basic designs. The book assumes you have at least some building skills and understanding of structural mechanics (otherwise you should not be doing it yourself, even out of safety concerns). This book will not have all the solutions to the problems you might encounter, so expect your problem solving skills to be tested.
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