November 04, 2010

Lisa: vine house

I think instead of building a treehouse, I want to build a vine house like the one we saw at Red Butte Garden. Here's what I'm thinking:

1) We were going to have to build a fake treehouse anyway, sort of more of a playhouse up on stilts NEXT to a tree, since we don't have any backyard trees large enough to support a real treehouse. This way we're not dependent on trees.

2) It's got to be cheaper and easier to build than a treehouse, since there's a lot less wood involved and the walls and roof are mostly chicken wire. Plus there's no floor, just packed dirt.

3) It still feels cozy and private for kids, but parents can keep an eye on things through the walls, and you don't have to climb any ladders to extract reluctant kids, a la the McDonald's playplace.

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Next up: research. Are there kits you can buy? I love the curved shape of those rafters, and that might be a bit beyond my woodworking abilities. Also, I might need to make another trip to Red Butte with a measuring tape. Who wants in?

Posted by lisa at November 04, 2010 10:10 PM

I'm in.

Posted by: sarah on November 5, 2010 08:22 PM

I'm in. Plus, my truck (and it's wood hauling capacity) is in. Plus my power tool skills are in (ignore the hammer drill scar in my forehead).

Posted by: Young Jeffrey on November 16, 2010 04:27 PM

I am commenting on this one because I couldn't on the next one, and I wanted to tell you what a scary and dangerous thing you've done provoking my mother onto your website.

Posted by: kaeleigh on December 6, 2010 12:46 PM
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