|The original tree house platform|
Mr. Chanclas and the kids built a small tree house a couple of winters ago. Unlike all the rest of our projects, I urged him to buy new lumber for this since it was going to be bearing our kids' weight and I wanted it to last. He built a platform (out of new lumber) in a little stand of trees out back and added a couple of steps to a tree in one corner for access. Recently Brother requested walls for the tree house so we tacked on some sides and a few novelty bits out of salvaged materials.
|Tree house with salvaged sides added|
The sides are headboards and footboards from an old bunk bed that Mr. Chanclas found in the trash. They are made out of nice, solid wood so we knew we'd eventually find a use for them. Between two of the side pieces Mr. Chanclas added a swinging door made out of an old baby gate. I've scavenged several old gates like this one and they have come in handy for all sorts of things (trellises for growing beans, covering chick brooding tubs, etc).
|This old baby gate makes a nice tree house door.|
|Old screen door latch used for the tree house door|
|Scavenged steering wheel from a playscape|
Then he added a plank. As in, "walk the plank". Because every tree house should be able to function as a pirate ship!
|Pirate plank out of scavenged wood|
|Signs of an old tree house long gone|