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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (May 26 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395892732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395892732
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 0.8 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hutch on May 30 2002
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 on Nov. 19 1999
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26 1999
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 By A Customer on July 1 1998
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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 on Sept. 15 1998
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 on June 5 1999
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30 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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