How to Make a Stilted Tree House

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Stilted tree houses make kids feel like they are on top of the world. They are a lot easier to make than a tree house actually placed in a tree. There are no branches to take into consideration. You don't even need a tree. Here is how to make your own in the backyard.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 telephone posts
  • Quick-drying cement
  • Saw
  • 220 2-inch by 4-inch boards
  • 25 2-inch by 6-inch boards
  • Nails (at least 4 inches long) and hammer or nail gun
  • Plywood (enough to cover 6-foot by 6-foot area six times)
  • Paint
  • Wooden ladder
  • Cut the poles to the height that you want the tree house, with four feet extra length.

  • Dig holes that are four feet deep and six feet apart, and place the poles inside.

  • Stabilize the poles by filling the hole with quick drying cement. Make sure to hold the poles upright while the cement dries.

  • Make a square by laying four 6-foot-long 2-inch by 6-inch boards on the ground.

  • Cut a foot-long section of 2-inch by 6-inch wood and lay it over the corners and nail it down, as shown in the illustration.

  • Turn the square over and nail two-by-four boards along the square, as shown in the illustration.

  • Cover the boards with a layer of plywood, cut to fit, and nail it down. This is your finished platform.

  • Repeat steps 4 through 7 to make the walls and roof. Remember to leave openings for a door and windows.

  • Set the platform onto the poles and nail them down.

  • Nail the walls to the platform and each other.

  • Nail on the roof.

  • Add a wooden ladder and paint.

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