Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Operation: Treehouse 2015

I mentioned in my last post about Mother's Day that Brian stayed at our house rather than going to visit my parents for a good reason that day...well, here's that good reason!

Yep, that's a treehouse!  Well, kind of.  It's really going to be a house up on stilts, that happens to be situated between 2 trees in our yard.  But close enough. 

Brian had mentioned years ago, probably when Jake was a baby, that at some point, he really wanted to build a treehouse for his kids.  Time went on, and as any homeowners know, other things come up and it hadn't happened yet.  Last summer, we were over at a friend of Jake's, whose dad had recently built a treehouse....that was all the motivation Brian needed was to see a really cool one in person!

He's using plans he found online (i'll post the link at some point) and he's had some help (thank goodness!) ...a huge thank you to my father-in-law (who came out for the weekend just to help), and some friends and neighbors who have stopped by to lend a hand as well.  It takes a village to build a treehouse!! :)  The boys are SO EXCITED.  Here are some progress pics....

Midday Day 1:

A frame built, base of the floor/deck put down.  According to Brian's friend who was helping (the one who had built one before), this was the most challenging part....trying to cut down the wood, make sure they had the right dimensions, and make sure that it was both sturdy and level (the ground isn't even up there, so it was a lot of trial and error)

Here is what the boys were working on while dad and company were hard at work that day:

Day 2 Progress Pics:


Crossbars put up (I think that's what those x's are called going across the bottom), fasteners put in place (I don't actually have any idea what that means), and decking/floor went on (half done in picture above, they got it all laid down by the end of the evening). 

Brian was able to get some of the materials used for free (gotta love Craigslist!), but did have to invest in some new stuff, too.  I can't wait to see how it comes together!!

Stay tuned for more updates...

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