How to build a tree house & tower

By Wayne Lennox | 03 May 2011

When I was kid, growing up in the wilds just outside of North Bay, we always had a treehouse—rather rickety affairs that we built ourselves. We spent endless hours in them; it gave us a sense of independence and adventure, elevated as we were above the world (even if it was just a few metres up).

Back then, we didn’t think our treehouses might damage living trees and, like all children, we didn’t worry much about our own safety. But I designed this project with safety, stability, and tree health in mind. The treehouse is freestanding, so you can build it anywhere, even where there are no suitable trees.

This a big project, but it’s fun, especially if you get the kids involved in planning and customizing it. And one of the customized additions they’ll love is a lookout tower.

Click here to download the treehouse plan

Click here to download the tower plan