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.
A number of people have asked me about ventilation for the Outback Shack. Also,
"Does it heat up like a car parked in the sun?"
Right from the get go, I installed a permanent air vent down one end of the Outback Shack.
I made sure to include a flyscreen to keep the insects out.
The second line of defence in order to keep good airflow and thermal comfort is the sliding polycarbonate window.
A night when I am sleeping in the Micro Shelter I can leave the window open if I am too hot and just put the flap down. This is enough to protect me against the rain and mosquitos. The polycarbonate roof was chosen to provide more light to the shelter and also improve the view and make the space feel larger.
At the moment it is Winter in Australia, so I am benefiting nicely from the passive solar gain that the roofing and windows provide. When Summer rolls around, I will wheel the Outback Shack into the shade of a Gum tree or Christmas Bush.
If there are multiple people in the Outback Shack and things are really starting to get cosy, the door can be left open for a little while to cool things down again.
Thanks for the questions, don't hesitate to ask any more that might come to mind.
Here are some more photos I took today of the Outback Shack Micro Shelter.