Cawdor family tree house - A tree house is the romantic ideal from childhood. And this particular example, set on Isabella and Colin Cawdor’s Scottish Highland grounds, embodies the fantasy that makes them so compelling. Stained glass windows from Marianna Kennedy, a jute rug cut to fit the tree, and mismatched furniture create the perfect hideaway.
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Don’t use too many fasteners. One large bolt is better than many screws or nails. You get the same strength but with fewer puncture wounds to the tree. Whenever possible, perch your tree house on top of fasteners rather than pinning beams to the tree. This gives the tree room to move and grow. Even for smaller, lighter tree houses where the load is spread over three or four attachment points, consider using 1-in.- or 1-1/4-in.-diameter lag bolts.