Treehouses And Playhouses
Pirate Ship Playhouse
Nails, screws, lumber and some elbow grease are about all that’s needed to create the magic and adventure of a private hand-made wooden kids’ club in the treetops. Build a Hobbit Treehouse, a Pirate Ship Playhouse with water cannons, or any of 30 unique projects.
Detailed step-by-step instructions and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations make these backyard-construction projects as much fun to build, as they will be to use. Parents and children can spend time together building a project in a few weeks that will create lasting memories.
Treehouses & Playhouses shows the average “do-it-yourself” family how to easily and affordably bring such structures to life using their own hands in their own backyards. Choose from projects like a Victorian Playhouse or Treeless Treehouse, a zip line, a crow’s nest, or a drawbridge.
For regular dads and moms or weekend carpenters, this book offers a layperson’s manual to bring the dream of an exciting play structure for kids into reality.
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Treehouses and Playhouses
You Can Build for $19.95
Build a Pirate Ship Playhouse
or Hobbit Treehouse
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 - Basic Building Information
Lumber & Materials
Making a Peg ‘n Hole joint
Staging or Scaffolding Planks
Treehouse Span Table
Making a Simple Sawhorse
Sawing Through Lumber
Bolts, Nails & Screws
Making Concrete Footings
Easy-to-Make Plexiglas Window
Attaching a window
Building a Simple Fixed Skylight
Building an Operable Skylight
Building a Loft
Chapter 2 - Building a Treehouse
Planning a Treehouse
Planned Building vs. Build as You Go
Choosing the Right Tree
Tree expansion & Movement
Installing a Lag Screw
Knots to Know
Chain & Wire Rope
Cables & Turnbuckles
Access to the Treehouse
Chapter 3 - Three Treehouse Designs
(Step-by-step instructions & illustrations)
Building a Basic Treehouse
Chapter 4 - Four Playhouse Designs
(Step-by-step instructions & illustrations)
“Pie-rat” Ship Playhouse
“Pie-rat” Ship Party
Chapter 5 – Accessories
Tips for Making Swings
Making a Simple Swing
Message Board & Mirror
Pulley & Basket
Pirate Ship Accessories
"Reviews from this book: "
I always wanted a tree house when I was a kid. So after our daughter Paige was born I promised myself I would build her one. The tree house is 10-feet off the ground (way to high according to my wife!)....is made from pressure treated wood and cedar..and has a tin roof. Inside is a ladder leading to a loft ..and a wooden table I made to fold into the wall. It took longer than I thought it would but with the help of my wife...and Alex (a friends son)...it was well worth the wait....Paige has enjoyed every minute of it!! Rich Platt
I recently completed building a Hobbit House style playhouse for my daughters (4 and 1 years old) and wanted to say thanks for your great book, "Treehouses and Playhouses You Can Build". My 4 year old (Ruby) looked through all the pictures of playhouses in the book and liked the Hobbit House best. So we decided to build that one. She picked out the paint colors (as you can tell) and even helped with some of the painting. It's finally up in our backyard and she really loves it. Ruby's looking forward to sharing it with her sister, Molly, when Molly gets a little older. I put a mechanical door bell on the front and made the heart peep hole open up. The "secret" door in the back is also a favorite feature. Best regards, Mike Jones, Belmont, MA
I just wanted to write and thank you for sharing your knowledge and imagination in these wonderful books. I have attached a couple of pictures of my adaptation of your Hobbit House featured in your book Treehouses and Playhouses...the directions and plans were really easy to follow and the illustrations awesome. I designed this one with the idea that when my 2 year old son gets bigger, the house can be moved and the whole Treehouse can turn into a boat...it took me about 3 weeks, working during nap times! Thank you again... Sincerely, Therese McKirdy, BC, Canada
Dear David & Jeanie Stiles:
A couple of years back, I purchased your book "Treehouses and Playhouses You Can Build," and I want to thank you for the insights, techniques and terrific illustrations and designs contained in this book. My daughter will turn 10 in June, and I've been able to keep my promise to her by building a treehouse for her 12 feet up in a Pecan tree in our back yard. We started together on it in February, and she's absolutely thrilled with progress thus far. The platform's finished and we'll be finalizing the design for the "house" part of it this weekend. Your book was the impetus - without it, I might not have known where to begin! Also, through this project, my daughter and I have worked together to plan and execute it. I see the sense of accomplishment and ownership that has instilled in her. A wonderful experience, viewed from any side. Thanks again for everything you've done already to put a smile on my daughter's face. With much appreciation, Jim Kenefick, St. Petersburg, FL
My daughter loves her new playhouse - complete with running water.
I put a Y-connection on the outdoor hose, with one line going to the playhouse kitchen and the other still free for watering the garden.
A couple of inline water filters from waterfiltersfast.com keep the water clean, and the end goes to the play sink faucet.
There's a bucket under the sink, drained by a simple tube leading to the woods. It's easy to dismantle for the winter or when mowing the lawn and the water filters eliminate any issue from drinking water out of a hose. Bob R., NY
Your books were an inspiration not only to me but to our grandchildren and 'handy man' who did the actual construction. Shelley Conrath, Athens, OH
I love how each of your books offers something more than the last, and how you encourage people to be creative, not just follow a prescribed set of instructions. (I have looked at many other authors’ treehouse books, but not felt moved to buy any but yours!) For me, your informal yet informative style and fabulous, easy-to-understand illustrations were the perfect balance of dreamy inspiration vs. practical how-to’s.
Here are a few things I particularly loved about Treehouses and Playhouses:
. Treehouse Span Table (I should have this memorized as often as I have looked at it!)
. Installing Posts
. Plexiglas Window, Attaching a Window and Building a Skylight.
. Flexible Connections – (so many more ideas than you had before).
. And Zip Lines – (more options and instructions than mentioned in your previous books).
Again, I love your books. Tania H. from Portland, Maine
Jeanie & David,
I was quite impressed with all the new information and material that you provided in your latest treehouse book, Treehouses and Playhouses You Can Build. This truly is a great resource for anyone who wants to build his or her own treehouse. Since getting your first book and building my treehouse, I’ve seen some other treehouse books. Those books mainly showed expensive architect designed and professionally built treehouses. While they were fun to look at they were useless as far as providing any help to the average builder like me. I really like what you said in your introduction about this book being for families and to be used as a guideline to further your own imagination. Your new book now provides an even greater wealth of practical information for real builders like the rest of us. Reviewer: Brian Marquis from Virginia
Treehouse And Playhouse Designs Including Pirate Ship Playhouse Designs by Stiles Designs.