Construction

How to Build a Treehouse

 Treehouse There can be a lot of debate about the best possible way for how to build a treehouse. But, one thing you should never forget is that no matter how you build a treehouse - it’s a play house for kids and doesn’t have to compete with anyone else’s treehouse that they might have built for their kids.

A treehouse for the kids should, in reality, be a den in a tree, whereas anything more palatial would be an arboreal apartment, more suited to an eco-warrior.

Selecting the Site for a Treehouse

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is an extremely durable material made from cement, sand and cellulose fiber. It is made to look like about any other form of siding or cladding you can imagine. You can create many different looks with fiber cement siding.

Outside Handrail Ideas

Outside Handrail End IdeaIf you take notice when you drive down a neighborhood street, the houses have many different and interesting types of handrails on their front porches. They are usually made with pressure treated lumber, metal or a combination. In this article we are going to talk about making railings out of all wood.

Since there are several ways that you could construct handrails from wood, we are going to start by discussing the simplest railings with minimal materials and tools. Once you know the basics, you can make your own modifications that make the railings your own.

Required Tools

    • Hammer
    • Tape measure
    • Power drill with a Phillips head screw bit

Straw Bale House Construction

You could be forgiven for thinking the idea of building a straw baled house to be rather primitive. The fact is that using one of the most traditional of building materials - straw - when in its baled form: makes an incredibly good insulator, is very flexible in the designs that can be built with it, used properly straw bales are both strong and fire-resistant, they’re much cheaper than bricks and finally are incredibly environmentally friendly.

Green Credentials

Vapor Barriers

Most building materials are permeable to water vapor. In cold climates during cold weather, such vapor generated in the house from cooking, dish washing, laundry, bathing, humidifiers and other sources, may pass through wall and ceiling materials and condense in the wall or attic space, where it may subsequently do damage to exterior paint and interior finish, and may even cause decay in structural members.