With the popularity of making home an exciting place has come heightened interest in building or remodeling home recreation centers. For parents interested in building treehouses and play areas, the library offers useful titles with interesting plans and creative ideas.
Robert Miskimon's new book, The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House : for Parents & Adults Who Are Kids at Heart includes designs from the simple to the sublime. Chapters on safety concerns and allowing the kids to help are especially good; the book also comes with a DIY CD-ROM.
Better Homes & Gardens Playsets covers DIY techniques, materials, and project ideas using step-by-step illustrations and instructions. Sunset Backyards for Kids considers a developing kid's interests : sandboxes, swings, structures, games and sports.
Philip Schmidt authors building and woodworking books and here weighs in with Build Your Kid a Treehouse. Title includes photos and detailed plans.
David & Jeanie Stiles add to the mix with Treehouses & Playhouses You Can Build. Emphasis is on basic tools and materials, backed up by photos and line drawings intended to highlight affordable projects.