We have this really cool treehouse down in the woods. It was here when we moved in. I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it, but the more we walk around down there and see this thing, the more we are reminded that time hasn’t changed us all that much. We simply look older.
A few days ago, I decided that the time was ripe to start some restoration work. I had some extra wood from another project and thought of some things that the treehouse might need right away. If we were planning on hanging out in this thing, a few items needed to be addressed.
First up was the ladder. The one that was there wasn’t very trustworthy. I mean, we used it a few times going up into the treehouse, but I wouldn’t like to have it around for much more than that. I made a new one. A strong one.
Second up was the little front porch. What basically existed was a few 2x6s and 2x4s with these thin rotten pieces of wood used as a walking surface. Any weight over 100lbs would break right through these things. I decided to add two more 2x4s as joists and then use more 2x4s as the walking surface. Unfortunately, I ran out of my extra wood, so I only got about half way through the front porch project.
These two small projects came out very well. One of the things I am really enjoying is not making anything perfect. What I do is plenty strong, but if things hang over or are crooked, it’s part of the charm. Treehouses are about letting go, not bringing your hang ups to them.
Next projects to be completed are to get up on top of the roof and clean off all the leaves. Then I need to cut down a tree that has decided to rot away. One corner of the treehouse in attached to this tree, so I need to make a leg out of a 6×6. That’s not a problem, but I am going to need a few bags of cement for a footing.
After that, I want to make a nice sized porch for the side with the window. I want to be able to sit out there and hang my legs over the edge, just enjoying nature.
Here are a few pictures of the treehouse. I just took them a few minutes ago.