I just can't get over this project Dave!! Have shown my wife pictures and she wants one for herself---come to think of it, that may be a good idea!! Ha! Hope she doesn't read this one---then I'll be in the Dog House!! Do you build dog houses as well????
Initially I was looking for a single solution to sealing the tree at the top of the house. But it occurred to me a few days ago to go about it in two layers.
This pic shows the aluminum cap from the inside. It closes in around the trunk and keeps 90% of the falling water and debris from getting through. It is designed so it can be adjusted larger over time as the tree grows. It does not actually ever touch the bark.
Under this I plan to install the second fitting. It will be water tight to the octagon steel collar and have a vertical cylinder about 2" long that will stand off the tree trunk 2" and let me wrap foam around the trunk and tape it off onto the cylinder. The end result is to keep the ants out but allow the water that comes through to run down the trunk. It will not touch the tree bark either, only the soft foam will touch the bark.
This area will still fill with debris and the foam will mildew but I can easily take off the old foam and let the tree bark breathe. The foam will not need to be in place for most of the winter months, no bugs then. This solution is reversible and serviceable inside the tree house. It takes lots of rain to wet the trunk inside the house. Only time will tell if this configuration will be adequate. I will post some pictures of it when I get it complete.
This is a close up of the upper mooring.
The lower mooring.
The trail below in the woods.
The reason for the steep ladder is that a spiral stair case would take up too much of the tree house floor if it went all the way up.
I am open to suggestions on any of the details. Please feel free to comment.
The entrance is the square hole in the floor to the right of the tree. The spiral stairs will go around the tree to a few regular vertical stairs leading through this hole.
Dave, I still think you should not bother putting up the stairs now when you know you will be replacing them with an elevator soon anyway. Just put the elevator in now.
If you think an elevator is a bit much for a treehouse, then tone it down a little bit and run a cable car gondola directly from the deck behind the main house, past the pool directly to the treehouse.
Actually, I'm thinking run a rope bridge from the deck/pool area (or maybe OVER the pool somehow?) to the landing below the tree house proper. That would be cool!
Really dumb question... what (if anything) would happen to occupants of the tree house if the tree itself were struck by lightning?
Will the inside remain as seen in the photos, or do you have plans to install some sort of flooring and/or other interior decor? Just curious. Heck, you've gone this far!
Really looking great, Dave!!
Awesome!!! OK, my question is how did you decide on the actual tree and are the other trees OK with the situation.
Could this be the start of a tree village?
Are your property taxes going to increase???
McGizmo, You know what they say in the real estate business, location location location. There were talks of two other tree dwellings connected by bridges but not any time soon.
I would be starting on the stairs if greenHugger had not talked me out of drilling a thousand holes in the tree.
That treehouse is one of the coolest things I've seen. I don't think I'd ever come down if I even went in it. I'm very jealous but excited to see more pictures and video when possible. Thanks for sharing.
OK, BIG mistake here at Darell Central. I just showed the pictures to my daughter. And then reminded her that she actually MET Mr. Data at Ghost Mountain. And now... now only do I need to build her a tree house just like that, she first wants to come visit yours.
When is the house warming party, exactly?
- Darell, the EVnut
Email me: darelldd -at- gmail - I don't do PM.
Beer is finally cheaper than gas. Drink, don't drive.
Dave, I'm a little late to the party here but WOW!!! . That would look good in my back yard. Do you think we could transplant that thing?
Did you ever get the stairs built? Deer season is coming soon and that looks like it would be the ULTIMATE tree stand.
The beatings will continue until morale improves!!!!
This is really amazing !
My children and I have been reading a book series called The Magic Treehouse, which may be why they have been asking for me to build them a treehouse. I've been away from CPF for some time, but remembered that Dave had started a thread with the treehouse project, so I decided to check it out for some ideas.
Well, wouldn't you know as soon as I open the thread, in walk my children. "Wow....that is awesome ! Is that like the one that you are going to build us Dad ?"............"Uh....well....mmm...errr...yes, it sure is beautiful" Thanks for the inspiration Dave.
Data, you rule. That's the coolest tree house I've ever seen, and I can't believe I live ~ 30 minutes away from it. Hehe. Hope that tree survives the drilling and continues to thrive and support your tree house for many decades. Going to hook up electric and plumbing? :P
This is every boy's dream tree house.
Couldn't do that in South Texas. Looks great!
If it smells too good to be true, you probably aren't at home...