Updated: Jun 7
You might have happy memories of playing and dreaming in a treehouse as a child. Now that you're older, why not build a deck around a tree in your yard to bring back those good times?
Trees give great shade that will keep you cool on days that are too hot to handle. Still, there are a few more things to think about when building a deck around a tree. If you plan well, you can build a deck around almost any tree structure.
How to Build a Deck Around a Tree
Your backyard deck around the tree is similar to any other deck. Except for the peculiar framing required to build a support frame around the tree, the technique of building the deck remains the same. Never, ever attach deck framing to a tree. At all times, your new deck must be separate from the tree.
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Materials and Tools Needed
You’ll need all the ordinary materials for building this deck. The list really is the same for a normal deck:
Structural screws for hangers
Stair and Handrail material
Special Deck Post hardware and through bolts
Flashing for the ledger board
Here’s a fairly inclusive list of many of the tools you’ll need:
Shovels, picks, spud bars, and post-hole diggers
Builder’s level, transit, or a laser level
Ladders and/or pipe scaffolding
Hammers, ratchets, sockets, open-end wrenches