This Reddit user isn’t a professional. He isn’t a contractor. He is just a simple man who had a simple task: to build a treehouse.
He was helping out a friend in wine country who wanted to add a treehouse to their property (probably just to make it even more insanely beautiful). So, after arming himself with hours of research, he got to work.
It took 57 days to build this “DIY” treehouse. The materials cost him about $5,000 (although he had some door frames and other supplies himself). In less than two months, he was able to create a small playhouse that is more comfortable than most people’s first apartment. I want this.
This was the tree that was selected for the tree house. It was a live oak with three large branches.
The property was situated on a hillside. There was an existing deck (on the right) 26 feet from the tree (the branches on the left), with a gravel access road in between.
A rope ladder access just wouldn’t do, so they decided to build a bridge.
He poured concrete post foundations to place the supporting framework in for stability.
The finished bridge!
The side slats were made from deconstructed wine barrels (it was wine country after all).
It was going to be a drawbridge initially…
But it would have been dangerous for children.
To prevent any damage from swaying in the wind, he added sliding beam brackets to the support pieces so that the tree could move a little.
Then, it was time to build the deck.
The final deck size was final deck 12′ x 18′.
The view from below.
It was time for framing.
The tree house itself is 8 feet wide by 12 feet long. The over-sized deck gives a two foot walkway around the tree house, although dodging some branches was required.
Sheathing, weatherproofing, and windows installed.
They chose not to let the branches go through the house.
Instead, they built around them.
That way, the house could still be weather-proofed and prevent insects from getting in.
This is what the inside looked like.
Aside from being a cool place to getaway…
The tree house also has electricity, water, phone, cable, internet, and in-wall speaker wiring.
It’s a home away from home.
The finished product.
Look at the view!
If you have the patience and experience, you could built an epic treehouse like this yourself. The creative genius spent hours online researching how to build the perfect treehouse and watched Treehouse Masters for design ideas. It may take a few months to make, but it’d be worth every second you spent waiting. Share one man’s epic tree creation with your friends – click Share below.