August Break: Magic tree house


Along with renovating a Brooklyn Brownstone another of Frank's dreams has always been to build a tree house for his kids "someday"...and suddenly, with our new yard we had lots of trees to choose from and "someday" became "now" this summer. Frank got to work at the beginning of July, first making sketches and reading the Black & Decker The Complete Guide: Build Your Kids a Treehouse (Black & Decker Complete Guide) 

What started with four posts cemented into the ground behind Jasper above, quickly become this...




and then this, all done...



with places for telling secrets,


and playing house.


One of my favorite parts is the clear plastic roof to let lots of light inside.


The next step will be picking out a perfect outdoor fabric to make some window and door curtains, to make it a real "hide-out". Frank also plans to build some shelves on the walls so the kids can leave treasures in the tree house and really make it their own. We are also throwing around ideas for painting the tree house, but getting these two to agree on a color is hard! I'm voting for just little pops of color (turquoise!) here and there.




In a case of perfect timing we have been visiting our local library and reading our way through this fun series, the Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28 , about a brother and sister who find a magic tree house and go on adventures through the books that they find inside. So the kids are even more excited to have their own tree house now, as if that were possible.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful :) Your kids are very lucky.

Joyce said...

Have they asked to spend the night in it yet?

Leaves and Feathers said...

I think that sleeping in it will come once things cool off around here, it is still so HOT even at night, it stays pretty much close to the 90's. We've learned what they mean about a hot southern summer these passed few weeks!

k.b.e. said...

This is the best! Love the design (a tree house with a porch!) and how the light comes through...dozens of beautiful childhood memories are certain to be made over the next several years, in this space. This really seals the deal on your new home--so happy for you all!

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet faith, such FUN!! That tree house looks awesome! Oh and these photos made me smile! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to yoU!

nicole said...

wow, aren't you lucky to have a husband (and dad) who can build a tree house! they are made for adventures... sebastian also read all those tree house books :)

InĂªs Seabra said...

this makes me wanna be a kid again... :)
happy august break you have!

Lauren said...

I don't know how I missed this! OMG Nyjah is going to go crazy of she sees this treehouse. She has been begging Alex to build one for so long, and he has plans to soon but we've just been struggling to find the material and extra money to get what we need. Frank did such a fabulous job. I love it!

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