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.
Both my Dad and Bro have been busy installing the Ventilated Improved Pit Latrine. I got to see it a fortnight ago and it is almost finished.
The majority of the walls are up. These were reclaimed sheets of corrugated iron off the old roof of the farm house.
One of the joys of the VIP Latrine design is the vent pipe which carries the odours away, well above nose level.
Plans are afoot to retrofit a slightly more elaborate toilet roll holder in due course.
This hand basin, once fitted, will maintain the strictest hygiene standards. This will ensure the transmission of any transient micro-organisms is kept to a minimum.
The view from this composting toilet will ensure joyful use for years to come.
Work has also commenced on a platform for the camping shower. The flooring will be secured, walls added and solar heated water installed. This should maximise comfort for all campers.
An old kitchen sink has been acquired from a road side clean-up for the kitchen. The generous bench space either side of the sink is perfect for the bush kitchen.