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These books are available to buy through amazon.com. They are listed in order of popularity, based on sales made via The Treehouse Guide. Stiles' book Tree Houses You Can Actually Build is the best-selling and covers basic structures for absolute beginners, described in everyday language. Nelson's Home Tree Home is more comprehensive, with lots of advice on choosing the right kind of tree and building strong frames, along with real life examples of larger structures.
Nelson's later books - The Treehouse Book, Treehouses of the World and New Treehouses of the World - have less building knowledge but an incredible selection of treehouse photography, including multi-level structures and children's hideaways. You'll find this type of book is great if you want to see some inspirational treehouses to get your own designs flowing.
Treehouses You Can Actually Build
$12 | More information...
This is the most popular book of practical treehouse construction available. It is mostly orientated towards building small structures for children, with all the extras that make them fun to play in. Suited for people with no building experience.
The Treehouse Book
Nelson et al
$25 | More information...
Visually stunning and filled with photographs of treehouses from all around the US. It is something of a sequel to his first book Treehouses but has more of a mixture of useful building information and coffee table interest.
Treehouses: The art and craft of living out on a limb
Nelson et al
$13 | More information...
The original treehouse book, based around a large collection of stories and amazing photography from treehouse enthusiasts. There is also an interesting account of the history of treehouses and basic construction knowledge.
A Treehouse of Your Own
$7 | More information...
Practical building manual by the owner of The Treehouse Company (now closed), John Harris. The book covers the construction of a circular treehouse built in an oak. There are a lot of good photographs on each stage and tips for alternate solutions to the various problems that come up as the build progresses. One thing lacking is advice on flexible joints as they aren't used in this single tree configuration.
Home Tree Home
$15 | More information...
Initially, a light-hearted tale of Peter Nelson's voyage through the people and places around his treehouse building life. This book also has an practical side, encouraging the reader to believe that it's quite possible to live or work in a treehouse, and that anyone can build one with some help.
Due to the emphasis on larger structures, this is recommended for those with some familiarity of woodwork.
Treehouse Chronicles: One Man's Dream of Life Aloft
S Peter Lewis
$18 | More information...
The story of how a very serious treehouse came to be. Some tricky engineering problems were overcome to get this mammoth structure into its resting place and the finish of the two floored interior is superb. Written in a narrative form, this is sure to get you reaching for a pencil and paper to draw up your plans.
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