Our tip for Father's Day: build a tree house.

What are 60 hours of work and a few calluses on the hands measured against what such a tree house has to offer in the long term. Apart from the possibility of retreat and eager, eager, wild positional battles with the neighboring children, such a (construction) project welds us together as a team. Forever. So get to work and get started. But please, step by step.

  • Text
    Alexander Morath
  • Photos
    Tim Möller-Kaya & unsplash

If you say adventure, you also have to say tree house: we tell you how to do it right.

Floor

  • Attach square frame of pine slats for the floor to the tree trunk.
  • Fasten the frame not with nails, but with large (10 mm x 100 mm) key screws.
  • Stabilize the frame by attaching beams; screw the beams tightly.
  • Fill the frame of the floor with profiled pine boards and screw them.

Side walls

  • Make four rectangular frames with a height of about 1.75 meters from squared timber on the ground.
  • Optionally, attach longitudinal braces to the frame, to which a cladding of profiled boards can later be attached.
  • Transport the finished frames to the tree in pairs and with the help of a rope and screw them to the floor.

Roof

  • Connect the corners of the side walls to the tree trunk using roof beams (see picture 6); check with the spirit level that all roof beams have the same inclination.
  • In addition, attach roof beams in the middle of the side walls; connect these to the tree trunk as well.
  • Cover the roof beams with plastic sheeting and nail it down to seal the inside of the tree house from water.
  • Attach the profiled boards on top.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Planning is half the battle: Therefore, before building the tree house, make a sketch, taking into account that a tree is never uniformly round and has many crooked branches.
  • The tree should have a minimum circumference of 30 centimeters.
  • Ash, beech and oak are particularly stable and durable.
  • To get the slats and timbers up the tree, it is best to use a rope hoist by throwing a thick rope about ten meters long over a higher branch.
  • It is best to use boards that have been treated against moisture, thus protecting the tree house from the effects of wetness.
Alexander Morath

Alexander Morath

Head of Digital Content & Social Media
Freely adapted from "The Blues Brothers": a tank full of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, a pair of sunglasses - and the sonorous growl of a six-cylinder boxer in his neck. That's how it should be when Alexander isn't coordinating ramp's digital strategy, keeping an eye on social media channels or conceptualising for various projects. Or, as here, writing a text.

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