Diane once told me about how her father built a tree house for her and her sister. I found it interesting because after she told me the story, I could see where her “handyman” skills came from. Diane also mentioned that when she was around and her father was fixing or building something, she would always be his assistant. Her father seemed like the type of guy who could fix or build just about anything around the house.
Diane said that when she asked her father to build the tree house she thought it would be a small task. Well, that small task turned into a major project that lasted for months. She said that it was probably because her father was a perfectionist and didn’t want much help from people outside his family.
The first thing that they did was look around the property for the right place to put up a tree house. There were lots of trees on the property so that wasn’t an issue. Her father wanted, first and foremost, for the tree house to be in a tree that could safely hold a man made structure. He also wanted something that was close to their main house but far enough for it to feel like a getaway for a kid. He didn’t want it to be too high but he also knew that being high up in a tree was one of the attractive aspects about having a tree house.
After they found a tree that they all agreed on, her father made preparations to completely remove a couple of trees that were around the tree for the tree house. Of course he didn’t bother calling a professional tree service to come out and help him remove the trees. We handled the job himself. He started by cutting all of the limbs down out of the trees. From there, he cut the trees bit by bit, starting from the top, until there were just stumps left. Again, instead of calling professional tree cutters to come out and remove the stumps, Diane’s father went and rented a stump grinder and removed the stumps himself. They took the wood chips from the stumps that he removed and put them around the tree that was going to be used for the tree house.
The family used the wood from the trees that were cut down for other various projects but most of it ended up being used for firewood and in fire pits.
The next thing Diane’s father did was get together with both her and her sister to decide how the girls wanted the tree house to look. Though their father pressed them for something elaborate, the girls just wanted a little simple clubhouse type of thing. Plus, the process was already taking longer than they wanted so they just kept it simple.
After it was all said and done, Diane, her sister, and father really liked how the tree house turned out. The project took about five months from start to finish but it was worth it. Diane mentioned that her father was sort of apologetic to her and her sister for it taking so long to put up the tree house but he wanted to make sure everything was perfect for them. He also mentioned that it probably would have taken at least half the time if he would have hired a company to come in and cut down the necessary trees. Once the tree house was up though, Diane and her sister didn’t think about how long the project took and played inside for hours and hours.