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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (26 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395892732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395892732
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 0.8 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book that clearly illustrates how to build a tree house.
This book was written to help kids and their parents build a tree house in their backyard. Since every tree is unique, it follows that no two tree houses will ever be exactly alike. There are, however, basic tree house building fundamentals that can help you plan and build your particular tree fort more easily. We describe how to support a platform using braces, how to connect to branches, and especially important, how to build a level platform. Since every tree house builder is limited by the number of trees growing in his or her backyard, we show you how a tree house can be built in one tree, two treees, three trees and four trees. We also include the fun parts of building a tree house such as how to make a secret escape hatch, a rope bridge, a telephone, plus pulleys, trolleys and swings. Finally, we interviewed over fifty families who have built tree houses and listened to their ideas and suggestions. Terrific photographs of their tree houses and comments are included in the book.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
Buy this book and build a really great treehouse. I built a super-cool "one tree" treehouse last summer using this book and not only did I find it extraordinarily instructive on the actual "how to," I also found myself drawn into what I came to call the "treehouse zone" that David and Jeanie Stiles create. This book has several great plans that you can easily adapt to your own tree, plus tons of wonderful "extras" that put it over the top. This summer I put on a second storey, though I didn't have the book available; I was able to go on what I had built before under it's guidance. Please, come join me in the Treehouse Zone.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1999
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My husband, three sons and I had so much fun! The illustrations were great, we knew what we were doing every step of the way. I highly reccommend building a treehouse for anyone who has children, especially little boys. I know where my kids are now all the time, they're in the treehouse.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 1999
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This book is terrific! I purchased it as inspiration to build a treehouse for my two kids (7 and 5 years old). The book includes many different designs, one of which fit our needs very nicely. The construction tips and material guides were very helpful, as was the list of extras that can make the treehouse that much more fun. My kids love the treehouse and I've enjoyed building it very much.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "vanan93" on 12 May 2005
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If you are looking for a really practical, fluently written, well explained, step-by-step instructional book to help, assist and guide you through the process of conceiving, creating and building a tree house, don't look any further.
This book was all I expected it to be, my compliments to the author.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By FlimFlam on 5 Sept. 2006
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Once again, the almost unanimously positive reader response is spot on. What a brilliantly put together book ... and its scope is superb too - this could be helpful in putting up the most simple 6'x 6' platform right through to a village in the sky that would last three generations. And yet it never forgets that true tree house happiness is not always to be found in some over-designed and absurdly ornate superstructure ... but more likely in a simple crow's nest at the end of a suitable branch.

Although I ordered this during a fine English spring, and it has taken four months to arrive from the U.S. and the nights are now drawing in, I am very glad I waited: a tree house is for life, and early next year our family will build a fantastic one - all because of this fine book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct. 1998
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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Z. Stojkov on 26 May 2003
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Just have a look at it and you are addicted to tree houses. Good source of information even for a serious DIY person. Simple and clear construction examples that can be applied to most situations. Nice pictures.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sept. 1998
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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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