Treehouse Update

April 25, 2011

For a full overview of the treehouse build, go here (under the TOUR header.)


It was an epic weekend of hard-assed work.  The CC had a game plan that I thought was a bit ambitious – we do have kids after all, but we managed it...just.

We started the weekend with our platform.  Now we needed walls…and a roof because there is more rain forecast, of COURSE.

Long way up..and down…

The walls were built on top of the platform, then tilted up and fastened/braced into place…barn-raising style.  Kinda made me feel like I should wear a funny hat and go churn some butter.

The Things stained the panels in the driveway, then we hauled them up to the platform to be nailed into the frame.  Twas a family affair.

and then there were two…..

..then three!!!  We got the third wall up Saturday afternoon late, and after the Things were asleep, we decided to have a little party for two out there, knowing we probably won’t be invited in much once it’s finished DESERVE it.

After egg hunting and other such activities, it was back to work…we needed a nice meal that wouldn’t require anyone to be in the kitchen all day, so we brought the kitchen out to us for dinner….

Now it’s time for the fourth wall, rafters, and a roof.  At least the fourth wall can have its panels nailed up vertically since we can stand on the porch section.  The frame for this last wall was assembled on the ground and hauled up.

Sorry, I can’t get good shots from a distance.  Everyday, the trees are leafing out more and more….

Then we ran out of time, so we secured a gigantic camo tarp over the whole structure to protect from the rain….it’s a classy touch that I know will be the envy of millions.  The rafters are slotted in, but not secured yet, so they are still a bit wonky.  Behold the camo cloak…….

This tarp says “Modernist, shmodernist.  This is Tennessee, dammit, and I’m here to keep it real y’all!”

We are tired and sore, but very pleased.  Weather permitting, we should be in good shape to make a lot of headway next weekend.

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12 thoughts on “Treehouse Update

  1. admin Post author

    Thanks!! So glad we got the cloak on…rained all night with another 7 inches forecast for tonight..yikes!

  2. nkp

    Showoff. ;0)

    I swept the porch this weekend. Bet you can’t top that. Wait, you just did.

    I hope you weather the oncoming storms safely. Your new place is looking grand!

    1. ModFruGal Post author

      Thanks! the chairs are IKEA from several years ago…I still love them..they are very comfy! Hopefully they’ll re-issue them as they’ve done the VAGO one of these days!

  3. Jessica

    you know my husband and I have been eagerly waiting and now monitoring your progress on this treehouse. we’re about to break ground for a treehouse for our little ones. you guys make it look so simple, wall 1, 2, 3…hoping we have the same luck.

    1. ModFruGal Post author

      It’s relatively simple if you plan well…so far, it hasn’t been too bad b/c the CC planned the sequence, as well as measurements for minimal cutting and waste, very well. Build a good, sturdy ladder as soon as possible since it makes hauling stuff up there so much easier than on aluminum ones. Good luck!! Hopefully we’ll have more to show after the weekend!

  4. Lorraine Whitehurst

    Hi ModFruGal, In the Micro Shelter book by Deke your stilt house is the perfect shade/stain for a Jamaica Cottage I just built in Canton Mass. Love the house you built btw!
    Can you please tell me what brand stain/paint you used and the color (blackish). Love the way the color disappears in the woods. Having a hard time matching this color with anything out there.
    Thanks very much,

    1. ModFruGal Post author

      I thought I had some left in the basement, but apparently no! It was an opaque deck stain by Olympic purchased at Home Depot 5 years ago, so I don’t know if the color is still available, BUT, I have found in needing to match this color in the past, adding black to any dark brown color will achieve similar results in color (darkest brown.)


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