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.
The construction of the DIY deck with bench seats is finally finished.
It is always a joy to use a car jack in a project that doesn't involve replacing a wheel.
This was the last piece of timber in the decking project.
We are all set now to enjoy the spoils of our toils. A stain is still needed but not until the timber has time to leach out a few more tannins.
After almost five months since this DIY Deck with built in bench seats began, it is finsihed... Or so I thought. I felt like a character imagined by Joseph Conrad when my wife (Deck Concept Designer) said, "I don't really consider it finished until that pathway is done".
"The horror, the horror!"
Plans are afoot to construct a decking pathway to link the deck with the front porch.