Treehouse on a Low Budget
For months now, Scooby has been talking about building a tree house.
We've had a tree picked out for a year, but no funds to build it. This
past weekend, we went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore
center to find some free or cheap lumber so I could build a raised bed
for fall and winter lettuces. We ended up finding up to 16' long 2"x 8",
10" and 12" boards for $1 each. I also sent out a Facebook blast asking
if any friends had free lumber scraps they were looking to unload. That
lead to three pallets in good condition, a whole pile of decking slats,
and a 2" x 4" board. This was obviously more than I needed for a single
raised bed, and thus Treehouse 2012 began.
Because we didn't have any posts, he used the boards to create L-shaped posts. We used a large magnolia as one of the posts, and enlisted the help of the in-laws to hoist the deck up onto posts.
There is still a lot of securing to be done such as more post supports, a permanent ladder and a safety railing, which we may end up having to take another trip to ReStore for.
There is no plan for a roof since that's what the tree is for. The view up the magnolia is fantastic!
|"This isn't a treehouse! There is no roof or walls!"|
Since the lumber wasn't all treated, I found exterior paint on super discount at Lowes on the rack where customers have for whatever reason decided they don't like the way the color turned out. I picked up two $5/gal buckets of black paint. While black isn't particularly exciting, it will serve as a nice backdrop for whatever embellishments the boys want to do with the leftover birdhouse paint from Scooby's third birthday party. I also found a seemingly unused 10ft, very sturdy wave slide on Craigslist for only $40.
So our current total is as follows:
Nails: $8.50 (we used up all we had in the garage and had to buy a new box)
Have you built a treehouse on the cheap? I'd love to see! Post a link in the comments section.