Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Finishing up the Finishing Touches

I have just completed the following items:

1.  Finished installing the plywood sub flooring inside the tree house.
2.  Installed the plank hardwood flooring.
3.  Installed the trim baseboards around the perimeter of the flooring.
4.  Installed the stop molding and weatherstripping for the door.
5.  Installed a few more pieces of trim molding on the walls where the tree limbs protrude through the walls. Ditto on a few of the corners.

I have built the saddle for the door, but I have not installed it. I must first cut off the bottom of the door to make enough room for it. I have also not completed the latch mechanism for the door or stained the door either.

I brought the rope trundle bed up to the tree house to see how it would fit.  Unfortunately, it is about 2" too long for it to fit in the alcove between the main tree and the end wall.  I will construct a smaller platform and put in a piece of foam for a mattress.  That is areal shame. I have been looking for years to find a place for this bed from the early 1800s.

We have to clean up all the dust throughout the tree house and in the deck area and complete the touch up painting.  Also, I have to tighten up the rungs on the various ladders.

Pictures to follow.  It is difficult to take pictures inside the tree house.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Finishing Touches

Well, we had to take a break for about a week.  It turns out that wood of the type that I have been using carries a lot of pathogens and can be somewhat dangerous if you don't handle it properly. In particular, if you are not careful with the sawdust you can ingest those pathogens by breathing them in and create a lot of problems for yourself.  I was cutting some fairly wet wood and inhaled a lot of the pathogen infested dust and I came down with a fairly nasty cold.  My wife got some sawdust in her eye and came down with conjunctivitis at about the same time.  We are both back on our feet and progress on finishing the treehouse now continues.

I spent time making the door for the treehouse. I have used cedar. I have installed it into the doorway, but have not stained it yet.  I have also put down a layer of tar paper on the floor in the treehouse to prevent moisture from entering from below the floor I am going to install.  The floor I have chosen is a vinyl snap together floor plank system which is waterproof.  I am a bit concerned about how much the vinyl flooring weighs.  Before I actually install the vinyl I have installed a very thin layer of plywood to make sure the subsurface is level.  I expect to put down the vinyl tomorrow.  After the vinyl the only remaining item will be the baseboards around the flooring.  I still have the staining and the latch of the door and the final electrical fixture work to complete.  We are very close to completion of phase one of the project.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Treehouse Interior

Above is the view of the main room of the treehouse taken from the alcove below the crow's nest.

The above view shows the ceiling construction and the windows and door area.

This is the other two windows in the main room.  The thing in the middle of the picture is a branch that comes up through the floor and goes out the wall.

This is a picture of the alcove area where the bed will be placed. Branches on both sides.

This is an image showing the upper portion of the alcove and the window looking onto the crow's nest. 
This is an image from the crow's nest looking into the main room.  There is some glare on the glass.

We have now completed the interior of the treehouse with the exception of the door and the flooring.  The pictures above tell it all.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Exterior of Treehouse is Complete

We have finally gotten to the point where the exterior of the treehouse is complete. The remaining portion of the handrail on the crow's nest was added, the scaffolding has been removed, electrical wiring has been put in the walls, and the final window has been installed.

We have started on the interior.  The ceiling has been sheetrocked, spackled, sanded primed and painted.  The cedar panelling has been almost completely installed.

The only remaining items on the checklist are:
Finish panelling
Install flooring
Make and install door
Install light fixtures.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Further Progress

It is hard to show great changes to the treehouse since the pictures are starting to look like a finished project.  We almost finished painting the exterior of the building after building another scaffold so that we can work on the side that has no deck associated with it -- ran out of paint right near the end yesterday. We will probably finish that today.  The exterior trim is all cut and painted and ready to install as soon as the painting is one.  We installed the final hinged window -- one more fixed window to go.  

We have installed low voltage wiring inside the walls and sheetrocked the rafters inside the house. I have installed 4" logs as collar ties. They are really good looking in there.  We have also trimmed out the interior with some furring strips so that the white cedar wall boards can be installed.  We will sand the sheetrock and paint it before we install the cedar boards.  There would be no way to remove any paint splatter from the cedar boards should we have any.

The crow's nest roof is totally complete. I have even tarred the cap of the chimney and repositioned the stairway going up there and fully screwed it in place.

The to do list now has the following items left to complete:
    Finish exterior painting and nail on trim.
    Install one fixed window in the sleeping alcove.
    Make and install the door (I have finished the design at this point)
    Install the cedar walls.
    Install the hardwood flooring.
    Buy and install window and door latches.
    Install lighting fixtures.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Chimney and Trim

This week we worked on more of the finishing touches on the outside of the building.  We have installed six of the eight windows, the trim on 3 of them, finished the rolled roofing on the crow's nest, and installed the faux chimney.

The chimney proved to be the most difficult of the tasks.  I had originally intended to put a pulley on the pine tree immediately above the treehouse and then haul the chimney which I had fabricated in the workshop up to the crow's nest and then gently move it over to the slot in the roof where it was supposed to go.  Well, that turned into a bad theory.  The chimney weighed over 300 pounds and as much as we pulled on the ropes there was just too much weight to do it that way.  We finally cradled the chimney in some ropes and then slid it up each of the stairways with a lot of brute force.  It was exhausting.  From the crow's nest we built a platform on top of the railing and moved the chimney from the deck of the crow's nest to the platform. It was at that point that we connected the pulley system to the pine tree above and gently nudged it over into its place on the roof.  From inside we screwed it to the roof so that it would not budge.  It looks great and changes the character of the entire building.

We have about one more day of work to finish up the outside of the building except for the door.  Then, we will start finishing the inside.  We have decided to put sheetrock on the rafters, white cedar boards on the walls and a hardwood flooring.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Further Progress on the Outside of the Treehouse

We are getting really close to finishing the outside of the treehouse.
The new beige paint color is much better for the siding.  I have now installed most of the windows and put the rolled roofing on the crow's nest.  The trim around the windows is moving along.  A few more days of work and the entire outside will be done with the exception of the door itself.