|Project by Arthouse||posted 04-30-2011 07:43 PM||3187 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
I designed and built this 1,200 sq ft. treehouse fourteen feet high for a ranch family who had alot of grandchildren. The owners concerns were not to put one screw or bolt in the existing hundred year old live oak trees. I had to go cut down my own cedar trees off their property leaving the tops on to make the treehouse look like it is built in a cluster of tree. I learned in Texas that if one looks near a creek on the north face of a hill you can find trees grow straight fourty feet tall and this is where we cut our structural support trees. The trees were so tall and massive we had to use a reach fork to stand them up to set them level. Since the span was twenty feet I used 4’‘x12’‘x 24’’ for all the structural joists and timberframed the corners with large threaded rods in the 4’‘x 12’‘notching into the cedar trees. I then used wol. deck boards to finish the floors. The deck also had a walkway going toward other trees with zip lines coming off. The last picture is of my audience a red stag buck who watched us through the whole project. We named him “stinky” because he was always smelling the air.
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