Constructing a Treehome without Damaging the Tree

A luxury treehome will provide you and your family with an incredible outdoor space in which to relax and spend time together. They are also a great way to entertain guests, with many being fitted with fully integrated kitchens, decking areas, fire pits and even hot tubs.

It is extremely important when starting the initial planning of a treehome build to take the time to consider the best trees to use, the elevation methods/design and which hardware will be the best to provide full support of the structure but also cause the least damage to the tree.

What are the Best Trees to Build a Treehouse in?

The first vital step is choosing the right tree for your new outdoor living area. The best trees are ones that are already well established in the environment and have been exposed to weathering. This shows the strength of the tree and will provide a long-lasting structure that can be enjoyed by your family for years to come. Hardwood trees such as oak, maple and pine are a premium choice to provide the best stability, the wood itself is denser and superior at load bearing to other softwoods.

Harrdware and Tools for Treehouse Construction

An effective way to minimise the damage caused during the build of a treehome is to use the correct attachment bolts. Louka Fine Finish utilise Garnier limb bolts, a professional treehouse attachment bolt that are designed to provide increased safety, reduce the tree disturbance and give allowance for tree growth. Treehouse attachment bolts are made up of the following parts that all work in unison to provide high level load bearing support:

  • Stem: this part will directly penetrate the tree in a process called ‘biting in’
  • Boss: this part will be embedded into the tree
  • Perch: the area that structures will sit upon securely
  • Tab Nut: this nut will allow for a fixing point of external structures

These bolts mean that the tree bark goes through the least amount of damage and is less likely to be exposed to bacteria that can cause the tree to get ill and eventually die.

Tree Facts and Compartmentalisation

There will always be minor damage caused to a tree when constructing a luxury treehouse, this should not put you off the idea though! A tree can recover from high levels of damage and be successfully treated when infected with bacterial diseases.

Trees are a living organism with no immune system and so, are vulnerable to being attacked by these bacteria. The thick layer of bark acts as protection which is why it is essential to cause minimal disruption to the bark when adding any bolts or supports directly into a tree. Avoid cutting large areas of the bark away to insert bolts and instead go directly through the bark as you will open the tree up to potentially get sick.

When a tree is damaged or infected, compartmentalisation will occur and prevent the spread of further damage. The tree does this by sealing off the damaged area and localising the injury to then recover.

Considerations During the Design and Build Process

Trees will reach a point of maturity which will mean the rate of growth will dramatically slow down but regardless of this, it is still growing, and it will not stop growing. Therefore, you should be cautious of having supports too close to the tree, being too restrictive and make sure room is left in between the edge of decking areas and around the tree trunk to accommodate this growth and movement.

It is always advisable to employ professional treehouse builders to design and construct your ideal outdoor living area. Louka Treehomes have a great depth of experience in building luxury treehouses throughout the UK and we want to hear your design ideas today!