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Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book [Paperback]

Jeanie Trusty Stiles , David Stiles
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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May 26 1998 Weekend Project Book
Tree houses capture the imagination of the child in all of us, and they have never been more popular than they are today. This inspirational yet thoroughly practical guide shows even the most inexperienced weekend carpenter how to design and build a lifetime of memories for the entire family. With more than 200,000 copies of their popular Weekend Project Books sold, David and Jeanie Stiles have become America's First Couple of do-it-yourself woodworking. In Tree Houses You Can Actually Build, they explain basic building procedures through clear, simple instructions and non-technical line drawings that illustrate every step of the project, from the earliest sketches to the final cedar shingle. The authors outline five basic designs that can be adapted to virtually any set of conditions, and throughout the book, they emphasize safety for both adults and children. In addition to line drawings, the book contains a section of full-color photographs highlighting a variety of tree house projects, plus helpful building tips based on interviews with their owners.

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David Stiles earned a bachelor degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute, and is a designer, builder, architectural renderer, and writer and illustrator. Together with wife Jeanie, collectively known as Americaís First Couple of Do-It-Yourself Building Projects. David has written 13 books on woodworking, which include Storey's Garden Retreats and the popular Rustic Retreats. Combined, these 13 books have sold nearly 300,000 copies. Additionally, David's articles have appeared in publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Country Living, Cottage Life, and the New York Times Magazine. He is a member of the Friends of the Society of Illustrators.

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By Hutch
Format:Paperback
My background as a residential/light commercial builder for over 30 years has given me the opportunity to construct a few tree houses along the way. With a large tree house project coming up and more than a few years since my last project I wanted to make sure I was on top of the latest technology. This book is great! It will show you how to construct a tree house in a single tree or using 2, 3 or 4 trees. There are several different approaches the book takes which will cover just about every project you may face.
I purchased "Home Tree Home: Principles of Treehouse Construction and Other Tall Tales" hoping to find what I was looking for and although it was a fine book it cannot hold a candle to this.
This book covers safety and construction issues that I never even thought about. It has good solid engineering and design. If you follow the books advice you, and your kids, will have a great time building your tree house and will enjoy it for years to come.
So if you are building your mother-in-law a place to stay while in town or just a simple platform a few feet off the ground for the kids to eat lunch on, this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a step-by-step plan to building a basic treehouse and many fun additions on to the treehouse such as crows nests, rope ladders, pulleys, telephones,furniture and more. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. If you want to build a more complicated treehouse(for example a treehouse with electrical outlets or more than 2 rooms) this book most likely isn't for you. For people who just want to browse pictures of amazing treehouses around the world I suggest Peter Nelson's Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living out on A Limb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can do it, too. Oct. 25 1999
Format:Paperback
I have no construction background whatsoever, but after reading this book I was able to build a very nice treehouse for my kids. My only negative observation of this book is that occasionally the artist's renderings fail to accurately show how treehouse features would be sructurally implemented (ie. a roof support post coming out of the middle of the the treehouse floor, but no apparent structure under the floor to attach it to). Besides an occasional artistic oversight, I thought the book was well worth the price. Give it a try. You can do it, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tree House: I Actually Built! March 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the only tree house construction book that demonstrates simple principles of tree house building rather than prescribed plans and solutions that probably won't fit your situation! The illustrations are easy to understand which is critical for the project to be a parent/child joint initiative. The authors seem to truly care that your house building project will become a pleasant and memorable experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book out on treehouses!! July 1 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
These guys are experts, and it shows. With two kids of my own, we've built 2 treehouses out of this book, and the kids loved them. There are many different designs for treehouses in this book, and they are all different and interesting. We've gone through many treehouse books since my kids are obsessed with them, and these have the clearest building instructions, and the most interesting designs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book provides all you need to know about building your tree house. The instructions are clear, the illustrations precise, and the subject is covered carefully and completely. Our six grandchildren join me in saying "Thank you!" to David and Jeanie Stiles for a tree house I actually could build.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We should have built our treehouse, last year! July 30 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, we are building the tree house on ...
quick delivery, great book, we are building the tree house on the cover :)
Published 1 month ago by Shannon Hutson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best!
By far, the Stiles' books are the best. I'm building a treehouse right now for my son. Following guidelines in this book, I'm certain that we will enjoy it for years to come.
Published on July 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Best for those with children
I found myself a bit down on my luck after the dot-com bubble burst. I came across this book and bought it using my last few dollars. Read more
Published on June 15 2003 by jdlcav
4.0 out of 5 stars Best for those with children
I found myself a bit down on my luck after the dot-com bubble burst. I came across this book and bought it using my last few dollars. Read more
Published on June 15 2003 by jdlcav
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - still timely
Like the 24 other reviews of this book I built a great treehouse for my kids in fall 2002. Many, many people ask me how I learned to build one and I simply show them the book. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by Joseph B. Mirrow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original and still the Best!
If you're serious about a fun and rewarding project, then you've found the right book. I had never done anything like this before and I was glad I finally did; this book gave me... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2002 by WD Cadden
5.0 out of 5 stars Good "How To"
This book has good advice for the novice treehouse builder. It is 90% technical and 10% inspirational. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by Big Wood Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Tree Houses: You Can Actually Build
I was expecting plans for tree houses. This book gives one example of a few types and the plans are not specific enough.
Published on March 11 2002 by Paul M. Potenza
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
It has everything! I love it. Designs and the ability to adapt. great idas and info. Perfect for the do it your selfer who wants to build a tree house whether they are 9 or 39!
Published on Dec 11 2001 by Deangela S. Chastain
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Do It
It you keep in mind that building a tree house is not exactly rocket science, then you will see why this book is so useful. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2001 by loce_the_wizard
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