As spring draws closer, children all over the country are likely to be looking forward to the first time they can safely play outside again. Although the joys of hide-and-go-seek and tag on a spring day may never go out of style, building a treehouse could easily put you onto their "World's best parent" list. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for tree houses to be susceptible to the rain and cold, so consulting with an electrician about the best ways to incorporate electricity into your child's new sanctuary will be the most helpful and safe option. The following three possibilities can allow you to make your child's dream of a private and cozy play area, away from their siblings and without freezing on a chilly afternoon.

#1-Running Electrical Lines Through The Air

It is first important to note that the use of electrical lines that are supported by poles and go through the air is a popular choice for many homes. The bad news is that it is not always the best choice when planning for electricity is a small, distant space like the middle or top of a tree. It is a good idea to ask about building codes for treehouses that use electricity in your area, as there are often very specific laws that will impact your choices. 

The reasons for that are financial, as this option is typically quite expensive and because the electricity that the treehouse uses will often be associated with the service in your home or nearby houses. If a mistake is made or even when the electrician is installing the service, you could find that others are gravely inconvenienced. That means that you should take the time to speak with your electrician to determine if running electricity to the treehouse with the use of wires is the best option for your situation.

#2-Running Electricity Over The Ground

Running electrical lines over the ground may seem as if it is the easiest way to make your little one happier in their treehouse, but the truth is that it can cause a variety of problems. For example, you could be surprised to learn that although lines that run over the ground are the easiest to install and do not need to be trenched. The flip side to that is that doing so also increases the possibility of damage to the lines from mowing, snow, ice, dogs or even just walking across it.

If you live in a warm area that rarely gets cold or it is possible to section off the area of your yard where the lines will be, accessing over the ground lines to access electricity to the unit may be a good idea. Running the lines over the ground can also limit the danger of damage as the result of bad weather. Otherwise, it is a good idea to consider the following choice.

#3-Burying Electrical Lines Underground

It only makes sense that by burying your electrical lines underground, damaging the roots of your trees or the system that leads to the septic tank are very real concerns. Your electrician can map out the safe areas to trench the ground, so the existing roots and plumbing remain intact and untouched.

To do so, your electrician may suggest trenching, which is simply digging a long ditch around the entire area that will be accessed. It will use its own soil and remain banked. If you would prefer for the trench to be more discreet, it is also possible to create the trench at the bottom of the tree itself.    

In conclusion, many children appreciate the joys of a tree house. However, when you are tired of seeing every blanket you own making its way up there, it is a good idea to consult with an electrician (like those at Cmc Electric and other locations) to determine a safe way to provide electricity and climate control to your child's favorite place.