Well, Cru is one month old and still big, healthy and perfect! He will definitely be able to enjoy the treehouse by his big sister's birthday, it's just about done! When we last left off, we had just completed the wiring, drywall, trim, paint, and loft. After that came the floor......my favorite part!
For the flooring, I took a trip up to my old stomping grounds in Southern Oregon, just across the Nevada/Oregon border to tear down a 100 year old sheep barn. Out of all the awesome barnwood we salvaged, we took the wood from the pens, squared up the ends, and slapped them down raw. We didn't even sand anything so the floors are super rustic and SUPER AWESOME!!! Everywhere you look there are splotches of paint from the 100 years of sheep brands. We are up to 4 coats of polyurethane and plan on putting down at least two more.
I searched and searched for some reclaimed decking but just couldn't find anything so I called up Meeks and had them drop a load of redwood in the driveway. The deck is done and looks great, we routered all the edges of each board, and screwed them down. Nothing fancy, just a really nice redwood deck. For the handrail, we used all of the leftover/scrap framing materials painted with the brown color we concocted for the frame and ripped down scrap fence pickets for the uprights. We built a small staircase down to a flagstone landing and a few flagstone steps from there down to the new lawn. The deck and all the siding is stained with a water-based natural stain.
That's it for right now, between the landscaping, tree house, baby, and paying work, it's been CRAZY around here! I guess that's what happens every Spring.....except for the baby thing. I will post up again when it's completed and pick some new topics to keep you all in the loop as to my crew's shenanigans.