How To Build a Treehouse

Laurence King. Mar. 2023. 192p. ISBN 9780857829054. $24.99. CRAFTS
The goal of professional treehouse builder Richter’s book is to teach readers how to build a simple, solid, top-quality treehouse. He achieves this by supplying a specific architectural plan and walking readers step-by-step through the process, with options, alternatives, and useful tips listed along the way. Both metric and U.S. measurements are included, and there’s a lengthy, fully detailed array of resources. Especially important is the “Ten Commandments for Building a Treehouse” section, which is primarily safety precautions that are frequently repeated throughout this work. For families undertaking this type of project, there are instructions for including young children at each stage of the project. For environmentally conscious readers, the authors also take great care to emphasize looking out for the tree and its long-term health.
VERDICT This book is full of practical advice, such as notifying the neighbors before construction begins and the need to research local building codes. However, it is not for true beginners, as it requires a basic understanding of woodworking, tools, and construction terms. There’s also only one specific architectural plan. If readers want to make a different type of treehouse, they may need to consult a professional or another resource.
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