Goodbye Snowmen, Hello Tree Houses

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    A tree house is seen in the backyard of Melinda Hackett's home in New York City, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    After being cooped up for the long, grueling winter, some are already thinking about ways to spend the most time outdoors enjoying warmer temperatures.

    People have been gearing up their grills and heading to the hardware store to pick up flowers and mulch this weekend.

    Mapes Hardware in Ardmore says people have been in to buy wheelbarrows, rakes and “anything you can shake a stick at.”

    Tree houses are a favorite backyard addition among children.

    Families visited the King of Prussia Home Depot this weekend to pick up some supplies and pressure treated wood. Home Depot sells Tree House Kits and also offers installation services.

    If you’re planning on building from scratch you may want to check out Tree Top Builders, Inc. based out of West Chester. They have an upcoming “how-to” workshop May 17 to 18 where you can learn everything from tree biology to building zip lines. The fee is $480 and the company also offers $150 consulting sessions to help with families’ plans. Also the inspiration is free with numerous pictures under the Portfolio tab that shows completed projects that may give you a starting point for your own structure.

    What would your dream treehouse look like? Already have a cool tree house or play set in your backyard? We want to see it! Share it with us on the NBC10 Facebook page.