If you were hoping to get out and about in the beautiful fresh air to work on or spend time in your bespoke garden structures, then you’d perhaps be wise to put your plans on hold for at least a week as we’re apparently about to be hit by a giant storm, that’ll be bringing snow, rain and gales with it over the next ten days.
According to the Sun, the first week of February won’t be particularly pleasant at all so now might be a good time to come up with all sorts of indoor games you could play to keep the kids entertained instead. A good game of hide and seek or sardines never goes amiss, or you could bring out the Monopoly board, do some baking or – if they can’t get the treehouse out of their minds – do some interior design drawings on paper showing how they intend to decorate the house once it’s finished.
The Met Office’s Craig Snell was quoted by the news source as saying: “This week, it’s much more unsettled. As we go through the rest of this week, the risk of some strong winds does increase – especially in the southern half of the country. There is a risk of some gales, or some severe gales, expected over the weekend.”
The storm itself has not yet been named, although if it is to be given a moniker later down the line it will be Doris, apparently. January saw no named windstorms put in an appearance, but this start to February looks like we might have a few more to add to the register.
You might be wise to consider taking steps to protect your treehouse from the bad weather, if you think it necessary. You could, for example, make sure that it’s as waterproof as it can be (materials like shingles and galvanised steel are good for treehouse roofs), while working out how you could protect it from lightning might also be a good idea. Lightning strikes can actually kill trees immediately, or weaken them so badly that they’re killed by boring insects soon after being hit.
You could use something like a copper conductor that connects to a ground rod to help conduct the charge to the earth instead of the tree, which will see it dispersed into the ground. When building your house in the first place, remember that taller trees are more likely to be hit than shorter ones – so it might be more appropriate for you to build your house closer to the ground.
There’s quite a lot to think about when it comes to treehouse design, but if you need help or advice get in touch with us here at Castles Carey to see how we can help. We have years of experience in building all sorts of different houses so expect nothing but expert advice from our friendly and helpful team.