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I saw how expensive these were to buy and I thought I could build one for my son in a budget. So here you are, all for around £300.
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Step 1: Sketch It Out

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Write down or draw what you want to build. I did quite a few sketches first.

Step 2: Find A Place To Build

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We had a great spot to build on at the bottom of our garden. First you need to dig four holes for the posts. I used postcreat to keep the posts stable.

Step 3: Base

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Fix rafters to the posts and deck beams for the floor.

Step 4: The Building On Top

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Make your frame for the house

Step 5: Bridge

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Next I needed a way to get on the base. So I made a bridge from the old tree stump up to the floor level.

Step 6: Climbing Frame

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Next I got a climbing rope net (£10 of eBay) and made a frame. Again post create to keep it firm in the ground.

Step 7: Roof And Hand Rail

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I used old pallet wood for the sides and a donated glass window for one side. Last was to put a roof on it and make it safe. OSB board should do it. I will felt it one day. I used smooth plained wood for the hand rail as I thought this would feel nicer.

Step 8: Tyre Swing

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There is a tyre swing under the house. Sorry but I forgot to photograph all the build steps for it. I may try to add in the future.

Step 9: Fin

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That's it. If anyone wants any more info just let me know.
Subotai11 months ago
Bobey11 months ago
Veverly2911 months ago
This is awesome! I gotta get my hubby to build this in our backyard! I would love to play in this. If I am feeling nice and generous I'll let my children play in it too!
rchauhan6 (author) 11 months ago
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who voted for my instructable
rchauhan6 (author) 11 months ago
Thanks chipper
chipper3511 months ago
Extremely clever!!
rchauhan6 (author) 12 months ago
Thanks awesomness2002
rchauhan6 (author) 12 months ago
Hi niallw
I will try to put a full list together. You could use hangers but I had a nail gun with 6" nails
rchauhan6 (author) 12 months ago
Hi mandrews1
I think you are right. I will be putting a few braces in
rchauhan6 (author) 12 months ago
Hi kperea
It cost approximately £300 and on and off about 50-60 man hours
awesomness200212 months ago
NiallW12 months ago
Can you provide a parts list for if I wanted to buy the wood to build it?

The rafters are supported just by a nail into the end grain? No joint hangers?
mandrews112 months ago
looks great, but I would prefer to see a little bit of bracing underneath.

kperea-shafer12 months ago
What was your total cost and how many hours to build it?
rchauhan6 (author) 1 year ago
Hi Monty
I did think of that so I bought all the main supporting timbers in tanalised wood and these should last 30 to 60 years. Maybe I could still use it in my old age.'tanalised'_wood
monty3241 year ago
That is impressive but by 'creting in the posts they will rot. Voted
rchauhan6 (author) 1 year ago
Hi tim
Thanks for the comms. I thought 2x6 as well but was advised 2x4 is good enough for raised decks with adults walking on them so should be ok for a couple of kids.
tim_n1 year ago
Looks good, I like the tyre swing! I'd have been tempted to use 2x6 for the bracing for it and the walkway underneath. 2x4 is a little wimpy for this sort of thing, but I'm sure it's fine for a small child though.
rchauhan6 (author) 1 year ago
Thanks velorna. Please vote for me. The hammock would look great hanging inside
velorna1 year ago
Great job, looks great!
rchauhan6 (author) 1 year ago
The base wood from pallets. I find pallet wood is generally good quality as most of it is pressure treated and lasts up to the elements
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allybongo1 year ago
what did you use for ballisters?