We have made some great progress in the past few days of working on the tree house. I really need to update the blog more often so I can remember what we've done.... Let's see, where did we last part? It is completely dried in, roof is done, windows/doors are done, siding and trim are done, the deck is framed, it's completely insulated(better than my house) the ceiling is done in the same salvaged cedar siding, and the drywall is hung on all the walls.
The roof went as expected....a pain! An 11 in 12 pitch on a roof is gnarly, I realize it doesn't look that steep in the pictures but I assure you it is! We put ourselves in some pretty hairy predicaments often in this line of work but this roof was bad.
The windows and door all went as expected...easy! As long as your framing is good, windows and doors are easy! Our framing is always perfect so these went like a breeze. The toughest part was building a door frame for the full light door panel from Habitat for Humanity. The windows all look great, I especially like the two funky shaped ones on the front wall seen in the picture. I can't believe I got these brand new, high end windows for $200 total! That includes a 7-0x4-0 wood framed, crank out, the two funky ones on the front, a 3-0x3-0 on the other side, and two more of the funky ones that I will be donating back to Habitat still brand new.(Just couldn't fit them)
Siding and trim was really fun, this is where it really starts looking sweet! Siding goes quick, even using old, dirty, mangled lap siding. Along with the siding came a pile of janky randomness, it consisted of some mis-cuts from mills and just your basic scrap pile finds. We broke out the table saw and went to town cleaning it up. All of the trim around the windows and door came from this pile and ended up looking nice. Some of the "mis-cuts" were pretty crazy with a thickness range of 1"-2.5" in an 8' board....if that doesn't make sense to you....it's weird and hard to work with. As for the corner trim, we ripped the fascia board cutoffs in half and had just enough....(well we ended up about 4' short but were able to fill that piece in with something from our scrap pile)
We framed up the deck, it wraps around two sides and has a tree growing up through it. I am currently on the hunt for some sort of salvaged or reclaimed decking but I am thinking I may just buy some redwood so it's done. Framing this deck took about two minutes, we are the best in the business when it comes to decks and it is where we truly shine. I am not trying to "toot" my crew's horn or anything, just stating facts! :) When completed, there will be a slide built into the handrail on the right side by the two funky windows and a set of stairs on the left side that tie into a flagstone landing and natural stone steps.
On to the interior, ceiling and walls are completely insulated and covered up. We used the cedar lap on the ceiling and drywall on the walls. We will be doing a thick, old-world swirl hand texture on the walls and ripping down cedar lap siding for interior trim......Interior pictures to follow.
Thanks for reading, I will try to be more diligent with the updates even when we aren't working on it!