During a recent roadtrip I got to drop in on my brother and his family. He has been building a treehouse in the surplus time you have as a parent to four. Here are some earlier shots of the floor and wall frames going up.
The treehouse is now nearing completion. Pretty much all that is left now is a final paint job and to build a bridge connected twin treehouse in the pine next to it.
The interior of the treehouse is open plan and separated into different living zones. It includes bunk beds and a formal dining area which doubles as a study and effortlessly flows into the lounge room. The efficiency of this small space belies its beauty. The addition of a composting toilet would afford ones full day circle complete without ever having to touch the ground. With house prices soaring in Australia this humble dwelling keeps in step with higher living and could easily be duplicated by those seeking an alternate path to the feverish, glossy brouchure living of the Joneses.
At its epicenter stands a living column which echoes the ancient Greek Doric style and provides a fascinating and changing focal point.
The treehouse is accessed by a flight of bespoke steps which lead to a trap door. The floor of the treehouse is covered with marine carpet which adds that extra under foot luxury after a hard day on the tools.
Intelligently designed windows frame a commanding view over the estate and surrounding flora.
Building your very own DIY Decking Walkway can be as rewarding as it is frustrating. After getting the toes wet with the Backyard Stage and taking this skill to new heights with the Deck with Bench Seats it was time to tackle a quicker project. So here we go then. Cut your rails to the desired length.
Dig holes for expensive concrete footings you bought from the hardware store. Realise that these are an overkill for your project and use standard house bricks instead.
Cut up your joists to a uniform length. Save time and enter the sausage factory as you attach all your joist hangers to your joists in one go.
Cut angled joists as required.
Rue the fact that you never harvested the leek but take the time to enjoy the flowers and try to figure out if they smell just a little bit like honey and straw.
Retro fit some bluemetal in a desperate attempt to prolong the lifespan of the timber frame so it does not rot on contact with soil.
Add some sugar cane mulch to the surrounding area to avoid getting completely covered in mud during the cooling rain.
Feverishly cut and screw your first length of decking into position before losing light for the day.
Take advantage of the improved weather conditions the next morning and attach the remaining decking boards to the frame, before heading north with the family on a roadtrip.
Return those fancy and expensive concrete footings and cut your build cost by 40%.
Your DIY Deck is now ready for use and will benefit from a stain in a few weeks time.