Here are some of the important considerations that I address when I perform the backyard consult for a Tree House project. These backyard visits are always free for my Tree House clients and are one of my favorite parts of the process.
The height of the Tree House is always an integral part of the discussion. I have found that parents, especially Dads (who are normally completely rational!), are often excited about placing the Tree House well up into a tree, but kids usually have other ideas. Children are most interested in having the feeling of being under a tree instead of being halfway up near the top of a tree. There are many advantages in building a Tree House with the main platform at a height of 5 to 6 feet.
- Safety: it is far more pleasant to tumble 5 or 6 feet rather than 10 or 15!
- It usually affords us the ability to build the structure below most of the branches and thus avoid the need to cut them. This is especially true of roofed Tree Houses. We like to preserve as much of the tree as possible. By keeping the Tree House lower their is more useable headroom space below the major branches.
- Most of our trees in Colorado’s Front Range are small and less than ideal for Tree Houses. So we put less stress on the trees by staying lower and using the larger diameter portion of the trunk.
- The standard design and construction the 5 to 6 foot height keeps our costs more reasonable. Added height means added material and labor expense.
- Another issue that comes into play with most of our Tree Houses: accessories, kids want them! Slides and other accessories are designed for heights of 5 to 6 feet, and ones built for higher attachment heights are very pricey
There are trees that beg for a taller Tree House and backyards that are ideal for one. And please don’t misunderstand me, I love to build big Tree Houses!!!!! But mostly I will be talking to my clients about the 5 to 6 foot rule.