Introduction: Pirate Hideout Treehouse

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This is just a rough overview of the treehouse I built. I did not take pictures of all the small steps I took or all the hardware I used. You can find all that info in any "build a treehouse book".

Step 1: The First Board

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The first board is always the hardest, started with an 8ft 2x6 and a lag.

Step 2: Support and Floor

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I used 2x6 to box in floor and 2 10ft 4x4 posts for additional support. I used decking boards for deck.

Step 3: Frame

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I used 2x4 for frame and windows from Lowes. Picture of my son helping with frame...
The house itself is 8ft by 8ft but left it 2 feet long in from for a porch and ladder.

Step 4: Walls

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For the inside I used plywood and cut around tree limbs. On the outside I used treated wood fencing. My brother and Papa hard at work...

Step 5: Door and Ladder

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I built my own door using deck boards and screwed together using Z pattern. Ladder is made of 2 2x6 and side and 2x4's for steps

Step 6: Roof

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I used 2x6 for support with osb board over top, framed in a sunroof and shingled the rest.

Step 7: Decor

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I bought most of the decor from eBay, ship wheel, lantern, flag and skull and crossbones carpet.

Step 8: Finish

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Turned out to be a nice camping spot for me and my boys, I put an inflatable mattress and computer for movies. Grandfather and grandson enjoying the camp out...

Step 9: Time and Cost

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I took about 100 hours to build with the spare time me and my father had. Total project cost about 1800$. We had a great time building it, and my kids absolutely love having a place of their own.


Rashodk (author)2016-12-25

it sgood how much does that cost

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buck2217 (author)2015-06-24

Great, Top Tip put a bolt on the outside and lock the kids in!! :-)

wpomphrey (author)2015-04-22

Great job! Take a break from the electronics -get some books and tells some stories! Hardy Boys ! Tom Swift ...

bhscolleen (author)2015-01-27


stevecg2 (author)2015-01-19

Great Dad! Best part is the memories and bond formed building it. Your son will remember this time with his Dad for the rest of his life!

Way to go John.

denise.jefferykrysiak (author)2015-01-14

Super cool and super fun!

johnkry19 (author)2015-01-14

Thank you!

rgmarti (author)2015-01-14

Good Job Dad. Totally awesome and I love that that your son helped with. Great memories were made...

rocker2031 (author)2015-01-11


Rocker, where are you from?

killbox (author)2015-01-13

Not to dissimilar to my dad's treehouse, (hes also into pirates), The house has just celebrated its 9year birthday.. only big difference is insulation, pergo floors, and no nails in the place (its all wood screws, to make it easy to take apart if it ever needs to come down.)

thebeatonpath (author)2015-01-13

This is epic! My kids have been asking for a pirate treehouse for years. Looks like I need to do this now. Thanks for the inspiration.

mstroven1 (author)2015-01-13

Nice job looks great

debzam (author)2015-01-13

What a great investment.

bdubu (author)2015-01-13

Great job guys! That looked like a ton of fun!

ammazzadraghi (author)2015-01-13

very nice

johnkry19 (author)2015-01-13

Thanks everyone, and thanks for the tip Bigg Muskie!

generationstx (author)2015-01-13

Nice work sir.

johnkry19 (author)2015-01-11

The integrity of the treehouse will have to be closely monitored especially with kids in mind. We left a 2-3 inch gap around all tree limbs for room to grow. There will have to be some adjustments made to the supports the taller the tree gets. It always important not restrict tree growth when building.

Bigg Muskie (author)johnkry192015-01-13

Trees grow taller only from the tips of their branches, not from the ground. No need to worry about the supports. BUT, the branches, limbs and trunk do get thicker as they add "tree rings" each year. You will have to watch they have room to do that though the walls. That said, enjoy it with the kids and don't worry about the supports.

(...I am a nurseryman who has been growing trees for almost 40 years)

wobbler (author)2015-01-13

Cost; $1800 Value: Priceless

Memories are worth more than bank accounts.

軍富 (author)2015-01-12

Best Grandpa

Vyger (author)2015-01-11

Hi, I was just wondering if you have any plans for dealing with the growth of the tree.

forerunneruk (author)2015-01-11


Straklin (author)2015-01-10

All I can say is Awesome! I keep telling my wife I want to build one in the back yard,and she calls me crazy. You inspire me. thanks!

jaraco2002 (author)2015-01-10

Ur a cool dad keep the great work

johnkry19 (author)2015-01-10

After the frame was built I laid 2 2x4's on top of frame to make the front wall 2 feet taller than the back wall, To give it some slope for rain, snow etc. Next I ran 2x6 from front to back using wall hangers. You can see this in step 4. Then nailed osb board to supports. Hope this helps

ezéké (author)2015-01-10

Would appreciate it if you could tell more about the roof. Thanks. Awesome work!

Rachael K (author)2015-01-10

Wow! Your kids are living the life!! I want a treehouse. For myself. No kids allowed haha. Invite only kind of thing.

kylegilbert (author)2015-01-10

This is so great! Wish I had a nice big tree in my yard so that I could do this with my kiddos. It's the only thing I don't like about my home. :/

johnkry19 (author)2015-01-10

I dug out post holes and used cement.

3366carlos (author)2015-01-10

awersome, did you rest the 2x4 legs right on the grass? or did you build cement piers for the two legs?

teganles (author)2015-01-10

The dream of every child!

don_yousif (author)2015-01-10


NYCitySlicker (author)2015-01-09

Amazing! What a great dad you are!

NathanSellers (author)2015-01-09

very cool project and it looks great. easy to include the kids in the build. I berry they were really excited about the whole thing.
you will need to be very careful as the tree grows. the boards in the tree will slowly elevate while the posts in the ground won't. this could eventually create some structural instability. just be careful and watch it closely.

tomatoskins (author)2015-01-09

Even if I never have children, I will have an awesome tree house.

The Green Gentleman (author)2015-01-09

Every once in a while I start feeling like a reasonably competent Dad. And then it passes...

CJA3D (author)2015-01-09

wow!! this is awesome.. was watching something on the Tele yesterday night , i think it is called TreeHouse Master ..

johnkry19 (author)2015-01-09

I know right! I grew up in the city with no yard so my goal was to give my kids a big yard and have all the cool things I didn't have.

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