Summer Projects 101: Treehouses

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Are you looking for a fun summer project to spruce up your home or backyard? Try building a tree house. It’s a project you can get the entire family involved with. Maybe you have grandiose ideas to include bridges, ladders, stairs and zip lines to connect two or three tree houses together… or maybe you want to keep it simple with one house but glam it up with unique decorative elements and electronics. No matter what your taste is, the library has the right book to help you design and plan the right tree house for your family’s needs. Here are a few titles to get you started:

The Best Tree House Ever: How to Build a Backyard Tree House the Whole World Will Talk About by Maurice Barkley

Ultimate Guide to Kids’ Play Structures and Tree Houses: 10 Easy-to-Build Fun Projects by Jeff Beneke & Steve Wilson

Treehouse Living: 50 Innovative Designs by Alain Laurens

New Treehouses of the World by Pete Nelson

A Shelter in the Garden: Playhouses, Treehouses, Gazebos, Sheds, and Other Outdoor Structures by Pierre Nessmann

Treehouses and Other Cool Stuff: 50 Projects You Can Build by David R. Stiles

Kelli Smith is a bookmobile librarian who helps bring the library to you. She also works with partners to coordinate community movie events including Movie on the Lawn and Silents in the Cathedral.

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