Building a Deck Around a Tree

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.

Read more: Building your Deck for a Hot Tub

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:

  • Concrete

  • Anchor bolts

  • Post bases

  • Through bolts

  • Support columns

  • Beam material

  • Joist hangers

  • Structural screws for hangers

  • Joist material

  • Decking material

  • 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

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Garden hose

  • Builder’s level, transit, or a laser level

  • Ladders and/or pipe scaffolding

  • Assorted levels

  • Hammers, ratchets, sockets, open-end wrenches