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A big old-growth redwood stump had steps carved into it when we bought the place. Visions of a fabulous tree deck danced in our heads...
 
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Step 1: Build the framework

We used the trees around the stump (the fairy ring) as the main supports for the very sturdy framing. Our research showed that drilling ALL the way through each tree was the best way to not injure them permanently.

Step 2: Spider web supports

My uncle's a building designer and he made sure this treehouse was up to code; estimates indicate we could build a 2-story house on top of the platform...

Step 3: Railing of copper pipes and salvaged bed posts

We used copper pipes for the railing as well as some old bedposts. All the decking (not the rails) are salvaged boards cut and sanded to fit. A big copper pipe became the fireman's pole, we bought a big cargo net, a local company donated rebar to secure the net in the ground, and we got a captain's wheel when we were in New Zealand.

Step 4: About 6 months well spent

Three years later and we still need to finish the steps (we want to refine the nailed down 2x4s) and one tiny board is missing because my aunt is crafting a woodburned heart with the names of the all the contributors.
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-NINJA-4 months ago

just watch out for creepy crawlies :(|

I made a treehouse almost exactly like this when I was about 9... in the woods in Connecticut... I saw 3 trees close together and thought, "triangle shape frame and platform! It was so cool all the kids thought I was cool after that. ;)
Aww :-)
:3

Well, it's me again... I still love this treehouse; may I move in? ;)
right?!?!
thats a cool and pretty simple tree house if you would rise the tree house a liitle higher and made more you could connect them.
ferbettes3 years ago
stuck in that treehouse for 6 months.
ferbettes3 years ago
hang like a spider in that spider web support.
Very cool.
Ghost Wolf3 years ago
Nice place to chill put a BBQ up there and and lawn chair and it would be cool!
Dr. Pepper3 years ago
Spectacular!
legomman2003 years ago
That is awesome!!!!:):):):):)
Hi Shawn, Do you get any stress on the bolts or hardware when the trees sway in the wind? How did you account for this in your design? We live in an area with Redwoods (Northern California) and have similar groupings of trees. I've been thinking about building a similar structure but have not yet to figure out if the wind will cause problems, snap boards or bolts. 
pjp154 years ago
what are the dimensions of the wood you used for the frame work.
on youtube.com search brian's treehouse
chazman24 years ago
my tree house is way better that that its at the very top of a sicmore tree and you can live into
killer wasp4 years ago
hello oh and the id i messed up it is did not id
killer wasp4 years ago
but i live in hawaii can you post a ezer 1 plz. o and make it have a trap door an rope swing.id you know you can snow bord in hawaii,yes you can,on our extinct volcaneo,Manua Kea.
Tom Buckey4 years ago
does it get slippy when its wet?
shawnconna (author)  Tom Buckey4 years ago
No, because the flooring is old salvaged redwood planks, which are a little rough to begin with.
oh becuase im building one with the same flooring as decking and it gets slippy so do you know what i do to stop this?
geekazoid5 years ago
very nice. Love the idea of using the stump as steps, Cheers GEEkazoid
SoapyHollow5 years ago
This is so fantastic! I wish I lived somewhere with trees where we could do that. I'm so jealous!
grantylala5 years ago
This is cool
Branman5 years ago
Beautiful! Now all u need is some walls and a roof and, presto, u have a second home. lol
shawnconna (author)  Branman5 years ago
It's built to code so that it will hold up a 2-story house. We've definitely thought about adding walls and a roof as an extra room!
xander865 years ago
This is a marvelous blend of green architecture, and organic design. I love this.
20fredie5 years ago
what size of screws did u use to go all the way though them?
shawnconna (author)  20fredie5 years ago
probably 3/4" but maybe 7/8" or 1" - not larger than 1" and not smaller than 3/4".
berserk5 years ago
Where does the cargo net come in?
shawnconna (author)  berserk5 years ago
It's on the back side, directly behind the pole in this picture. The kids climb up and down it as they wish, and it's plenty strong enough to hold large grown-ups as well. On that side, it's only about 5 or 6 feet off the ground, so not too dangerous if someone fell while climbing. But it would still sting!
Mr.Devious7 years ago
Here's a good idea, what if your house was made where it looked down a hill right? Not a too steap one, but steap enough to make it awesome. Then have a group of trees exactly like that, and build a treehouse similar to that, but roofed and weather sealed. Then, say it was about 10 feet or so away from your deck coming out the backside of the house (this is just imaginary) then build a rope or wire bridge with rails of course that went from the deck into the weather proof tree house. This would be very very cool as you could sit out there on a rainy day and read a book without getting wet, but still enjoy the atmospehere. When I get out in the world and looking for a place, and I see something like this or a similar setup, as far as a house and having trees right behind it, I'm gonna buy it. ;-)
sounds like the tree house from "home alone" except it was just a zip line running from his attic to the tree house
No wonder you call yourself Mr.Devious, lol.
kickslop8 years ago
It doesn't look like you treated the wood at all. Is that true? If so, was there a reason for it? Neat.
Do you think the banasters would be strong enough to support a couple people in a hammock? I have forty acers of woods up north that might just need something like this
if you want a hammock just screw two hooks into the trees and attach the chain or wahtever from the hammock to that
If only I had a few trees...
pachanka7 years ago
im now going to make the ultimate tree house instead of buying a car.
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