Anniversary Camping (in Our Backyard)

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Introduction: Anniversary Camping (in Our Backyard)

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It started with my wife wanting a little backyard getaway for our anniversary. An idea, a little doodle on the closest piece of whatever I could find, and a little ambition.

Step 1: The Big Job! a Vision and a Well Laid Out Plan...

My wife asked if we could go camping or "glamping" for our anniversary this year (October 25, 2015), and what started out as a doodle ended up being our best project we worked on together.

Step 2: Laying the Groundwork...

A search for pallets, whatever construction site dumpster wood we could find, and trolling the hoods for whatever else we could use. But first, the foundation! Had to pay up for the foundation blocks. 12ft. x 10ft.

Step 3: I've Been Framed...

Thanks to the local church for redoing their roof and throwing out all the crate wood. We came out like bandits with all the dimensional lumbar, in lengths up to 12 ft., that we needed to frame this lady up!!! And a much needed night off to relish in the glory of the build.

Step 4: Fool Proof Planning...

My lovely wife was in charge of painting and water proofing. Water seal on the frame and paint on the floor. Thanks, Sweetheart! Great job!

Step 5: Just a Little Cover Up...

Now this is where the budgie took a little hit! $2-300 for 75ft. x 5ft. treated canvas fabric from Mytarp.com, 3/8in. and 1/2in. grommets, and I don't know how many 1/2in. heavy duty staples. Roll the canvas around the bottom half as one continuous piece and staple as I go. Cut to fit front and back peeks with nice clean tight seems. Overlap either side of roof to overlap peeks and sides. One top piece to cover the rest of the gaps. Grommets on front flaps for easy opening. And yes...!...it was completely waterproof. It came pretreated.

Step 6: The Inside Job...

Gotta furnish her. All the while I was framing and tarpin' my good lady and lil' man were busy on the inside. Found things that folks didn't want. Old broken King bed converted and reupholstered to a full size day bed. Old weathered desk rebuilt and repainted. Old thrown out pot rack made a great repurposed chandelier.

Step 7: All Decked Out...

What...?!?...What do you mean, it needs a deck?!? You're lucky you're pretty, and we have more pallets!

Step 8: The Big Getaway!!!

After 5 weeks of Building and planning and adding and building and painting and upholstering and...!...well, you get the picture. Well, here are the pictures. The Honeymoon Suite!!!

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    22 Discussions

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    ladymeriel
    ladymeriel

    2 years ago on Step 8

    If I didn't know any better I would guess you to be Scadians. Nice set up and nice idea!

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    ZexetorM
    ZexetorM

    4 years ago

    My brother, my brother, my brother! Thank you for demonstrating that there are still a few of us out there who are hopeless romantics! God bless you both (and the little man too)! Voted for you in both categories

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    Tye Rannosaurus
    Tye Rannosaurus

    4 years ago

    Now THIS is true love. You two (okay, three if you count little man) are so incredible! Well done and thank you for giving me a life goal! Bravo!

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    T-Muad-Dib
    T-Muad-Dib

    4 years ago

    This is a really rad project. It looks like the ten from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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    SandyV12
    SandyV12

    4 years ago

    beautifully done!

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    DwaineC
    DwaineC

    4 years ago

    Got my vote

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    Barb37
    Barb37

    4 years ago

    You. Are. Amazing.

    Amazing.

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    M!key
    M!key

    4 years ago

    Great job, my wife would love this. Pity my garden is yard is postage-stamp sized.

    Voted! (twice)

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    sscape
    sscape

    4 years ago

    If my husband did anything it would be a Wal Mart tent with a sleeping bag and his laptop in it. At the end you also have a nice barn. Really nice set up.

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    bizzycrafter
    bizzycrafter

    4 years ago

    Absolutely lovely! And wonderful pictures. Do you have a total cost? All the re-purposed stuff is beautiful. You might want to watch that "our best project we worked on together" though. That's just the kind of remark that will come back to haunt you when the 'lil man' becomes a teenager!

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    bizzycrafter
    bizzycrafter

    4 years ago

    Absolutely lovely! And wonderful pictures. Do you have a total cost? All the re-purposed stuff is beautiful. You might want to watch that "our best project we worked on together" though. That's just the kind of remark that will come back to haunt you when the 'lil man' becomes a teenager!

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    MichelleB215
    MichelleB215

    4 years ago

    That is so AWESOME!!!! Thank you for sharing! Hope y'all win!!!!

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    hpnogueira10
    hpnogueira10

    4 years ago

    excelent work!!! congratulation!!!

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    4 years ago

    Glamping with a big G.

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    Lorddrake
    Lorddrake

    4 years ago

    excellent work all around!

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    4 years ago

    Woooooooow. That is gorgeous! Best fort ever. :D

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    parisusa
    parisusa

    4 years ago

    Wow this is fantastic! It's even better than Young & Hungry Season 3 Episode 2! Now send the child to grandma's or auntie's :)

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    ap7309
    ap7309

    4 years ago

    that is brilliant! Chill zone. I would move my wife in there permanent haha joke