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Caribou Sandstorm
08-21-2012, 11:25 PM
I have been working on something in the back yard for the last 4 weekends..

Wife said "Kids need more stuff to do back here, you need to build them a tree house with a zip line.." I said "ok, lets do it."

I finished the last few boards this afternoon. Glad this project is complete.

I did a fair bit of searching online before I started and had a tree house a few block away that was my inspiration for our project. It was done really well, by a pro, so I decided to copy in theory but not exact.

A few neighbors and friends asked what plans I had to build this, I said none, I was winging it, eyes rolled at me but I have built a redwood deck before and a few fences. How hard could it be, right? It was a major undertaking to say the least but I am happy with it, it is not an eye sore and the kids are nuts for it, so all good till somebody falls out and breaks an arm. It is 7 feet off the ground.

Only thing I am struggling with is the base is not perfect level, the house and siding are dead on but I was off about a 1/4 inch on one side in the very beginning and decided to go with it vs. introduce new wholes into the tree trunks. I guess it will be good for water/snow run off and it leans away from the garage vs. into it.

I had my engineer come by (Rutbeer) and sign off on it before the sides went up.

Anyway, I thought it might be helpful to document the build in case someone else out there is thinking of doing this and needs inspiration to get'er started.

Oh, we picked up a swing from IKEA a while back and I ordered the telescope, binoculars, rope ladder and zip line on line via Amazon.

base
http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/i-cmkzQzz/0/L/IMG0978-L.jpg
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http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/i-XQgWV3P/0/L/IMG1011-L.jpg

side framing
http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/i-DZzptWq/0/L/IMG1012-L.jpg
http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/i-33254DD/0/L/IMG1013-L.jpg
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siding and railing
http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/i-HX7fDz3/0/L/IMG1024-L.jpg
http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/i-zxWvxJN/0/L/IMG1022-L.jpg

Project interrupted last Friday Night.. Had wood in the garage, it was raining, figured I could park the 100 series in the alley. Bad idea....
Stereo was confiscated by scumbag whom entered via the passenger window after he broke it.

Bright side, 100.00 deductable get's me upgraded stereo with back up camera. Also, I really can't say enough about the Weather Tech floor mat in the back.
There was glass dust and all of that was caught by the floor mat.

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/i-XqccSmJ/0/L/IMG1026-L.jpg
http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/i-29hCHpC/0/L/IMG1027-L.jpg

Ok back to the tree house project...
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corsair23
08-21-2012, 11:31 PM
Dude, that is AWESOME :thumb:

Bummer about the 100 though :sad:

I need to come by and check out that zip line :hill: - What weight is it rated for? :D

I have to ask...Either you share a yard with your neighbor or is that a guest house or pool house next to the tree house :confused: - looks like a posh setup, that is for sure :thumb:

Might as well get one more emoticon in here...:cheers:

Caribou Sandstorm
08-21-2012, 11:45 PM
Dude, that is AWESOME :thumb:

Bummer about the 100 though :sad:

I need to come by and check out that zip line :hill: - What weight is it rated for? :D

I have to ask...Either you share a yard with your neighbor or is that a guest house or pool house next to the tree house :confused: - looks like a posh setup, that is for sure :thumb:

Might as well get one more emoticon in here...:cheers:

Thanks Jeff, The zip is rated to 225lbs. I did it and kind of stretched it but it could hold an adult. The building next to the tree house is our 3 car garage we put in back in 05, when times were good in medical sales and POs were a plenty.. We kind of over did it on the construction. The third bay is my home office.

Here are couple videos of the kids "zipping" So the funny thing about this is Olive is 3, I was prepping the BBQ and I hear in the back ground that she just went for it. She had not done it to that point without me or mom catching her. The fence stop action was new to Ben only but Olive just threw down, classic.

These are links to the videos, I don't know how to post them as videos.

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Treehouse-build-summer-2012/24910752_v5TxCg#!i=2040278682&k=wTqkhs4&lb=1&s=A

http://ChrisSandstormFJ.smugmug.com/gallery/24910752_v5TxCg#2040297469_XThtgZC-A-LB

FJBRADY
08-22-2012, 07:22 AM
Very cool, Dad:thumb:

Sorry about the hundo.

smslavin
08-22-2012, 08:31 AM
That's so awesome. Nicely done. Tree houses are the best.

If we had a tree like that in our yard, I'd be all over doing something like that. Instead, the :Princess:es have asked for a stage. My father-in-law drew up the plans and I'm trying to find the time to actually do it. One thing I snuck into it was a movie screen. Anyone for outdoor movie nights? :beer:

AxleIke
08-22-2012, 11:35 AM
Chris, that looks great!

I have to laugh at your neighbors though. Plans? What kind of sissy wankers do you live around? :D

We used to build tree houses out of logs and nails when I was a kid. No adult ever checked or had any say in the tree house design, construction, or safety. The fact that you built the tree house rather than the kids is far safer than anything we ever did.

AND, it looks great to boot!

Also, I'm with Jeff, RS zipline party, ASAP! :D:D:D:D

nakman
08-22-2012, 01:12 PM
Sorry about the window/stereo, man that really blows. :sad:

Cool treehouse though, love it! Yes keep us posted on the zip line party... I'm under 225, even with pads! :hill:

subzali
08-22-2012, 01:22 PM
Don't new car stereos have encoding that ties them to the ECU, so the stereo without the ECU=worthless?

Caribou Sandstorm
08-22-2012, 01:37 PM
Don't new car stereos have encoding that ties them to the ECU, so the stereo without the ECU=worthless?

Maybe if factory stereo was stolen. I had an aftermarket Sony in there.

BTW, I always wanted the Kenwood DNX 5120 or newer but the Sony XAV-64BT is really a great radio for a sub 400.00 price tag compared to the 800-900 Kenwoods.

Romer
08-22-2012, 01:57 PM
Nice job on the treehouse Chris. Didn't realize you had skills

Sorry about your 100

Fishy
08-22-2012, 02:11 PM
Ahhh yes..... The ol' "I'm building a tree house for my kids and the hammer slipped out of my hand and smashed my window and my stereo so I'll just blame it on thieves" trick. Seen it 100 times.

Nice job on the tree house! That really blows about your window/stereo.

Jacket
08-22-2012, 04:51 PM
Super cool Chris. Hours and hours of entertainment, plus Ben's friends will think he's got the coolest place to hang out in the 'hood.

rover67
08-22-2012, 04:59 PM
reminds me of where i learned to smoke cigarettes. :D

very nice BTW....

And bummer on the radio, glass, and rig...

Caribou Sandstorm
08-22-2012, 05:01 PM
reminds me of where i learned to smoke cigarettes. :D

very nice BTW....

And bummer on the radio, glass, and rig...

Funny, I had the same experience.

Romer
08-22-2012, 06:05 PM
Funny, I had the same experience.

Was that today?

Inukshuk
08-22-2012, 11:49 PM
Pee Wees Playhouse!

Seriously nice. Do you ever sleep?

FJCDan
08-23-2012, 08:00 AM
Nice play house Chris that is cool for the kids. Sorry about the 100, before we bought the FJ we had a Izusu Rodeo and forgot to put in back yard and had it boken into twice. 2 stereos and set of speakers.

rover67
08-23-2012, 09:22 AM
chris never sleeps. he builds.

Woodsman
08-28-2012, 04:54 PM
Great tree house and zip line Chris. Can't wait to see it (but not test it) next time I'm out there. You failed to tell me on the phone about the truck break-in though. Ridiculous.

Funny thing . . . I've had a Kenwood 5120 waiting in the box to be installed in the FJ for like two years. I always like to wait until my warranty is expired before I use a product. :lol:

Caribou Sandstorm
08-28-2012, 09:51 PM
Great tree house and zip line Chris. Can't wait to see it (but not test it) next time I'm out there. You failed to tell me on the phone about the truck break-in though. Ridiculous.

Funny thing . . . I've had a Kenwood 5120 waiting in the box to be installed in the FJ for like two years. I always like to wait until my warranty is expired before I use a product. :lol:

I did forget to tell you about that.... Guess I was too caught up in your news and my news to talk about another Davis Toyota mishap...I like the good news..:)

Corbet
08-29-2012, 07:10 AM
Cool tree house Chris:thumb: I have to build one next year fro Bridger. I'm struggling with where to put one as I only have pines in the yard. Not a big deal but there is not an inspirational tree anywhere with a big "cradle" to hold a tree house.

You'll love a Kenwood by the way;) No complaints with mine after 3 years.

Caribou Sandstorm
08-29-2012, 07:21 AM
Cool tree house Chris:thumb: I have to build one next year fro Bridger. I'm struggling with where to put one as I only have pines in the yard. Not a big deal but there is not an inspirational tree anywhere with a big "cradle" to hold a tree house.

You'll love a Kenwood by the way;) No complaints with mine after 3 years.

Thanks Man. If you are ever up in Denver with Bridger, you gotta bring him buy and we will get him on the zip line.

Corbet
08-29-2012, 09:08 AM
Thanks Man. If you are ever up in Denver with Bridger, you gotta bring him buy and we will get him on the zip line.

Bridger is no stranger to the zip line. We will be installing one soon. I'm trying to figure out a 150-200' path :D

Rezarf
08-29-2012, 10:17 AM
Awesome tree house man!

Mendocino
08-29-2012, 02:44 PM
Great tree house Chris. You are indeed a nice Dad. Sorry to hear about the stereo in the Hundy!

Caribou Sandstorm
09-16-2012, 11:46 AM
Wes, is your ground floor model finished yet?

wesintl
09-16-2012, 02:05 PM
Yes it is

farnhamstj
09-16-2012, 02:21 PM
Wes, that's awesome.

wesintl
09-16-2012, 02:47 PM
Thanks Far. I have a few more ideas but I need to get to the high county and get some lodgepole pine :D

farnhamstj
09-16-2012, 08:09 PM
That would trim it up nice. Screw it to a 2"x and pass it though a table saw. Turn 90 degres. pass again. Would look pretty sweet.

Hulk
09-20-2012, 09:53 AM
Chris, this is awesome. I am still under 200 lbs. When is the zipline party?

Sorry to hear about your stereo, dude.