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« on: April 20, 2009 09:30:19 AM »

My husband just finished this play tower. He kinda winged the whole thing, no plans, no help, and very little measuring.

We had been looking into a commercial playset but with five kids, we needed something big and sturdy.
It's cemented into the ground and the slide, ladder, and some of the wood is recycled.
The bottom will become a sand box in June, right now it's just the dog's favorite hangout.

And here's some shots of it in the daylight.

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009 09:43:47 AM »

I wish I had something like this, when I was a child. Pretty cool! Are you going to paint it or just leave it as it is?

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009 09:57:47 AM »

Not sure...I think we should seal it somehow, but I'm not sure how we're going to do it. Decorating things is not really my strong suit.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2009 09:59:42 AM »

Your hubby did a great job. I hope your kids have years of fun in it!!!
If you don't paint it, you should seal it. Carpenter bees don't like painted or sealed wood as well.
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2009 10:00:59 AM »

I am envious of your children. That looks great, if only I'd had one as a kid.
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009 10:02:09 AM »

You're kids are going to love this.  We had a tree house groing up that my dad built for us.  It was only about 2 1/2 by 4 feet and there were 4 of us!!!  We lived in that thing when my mother didn't ask/lure/demand we get out!  We did have to eat after all!  But we would always just make some "sammiches" and scurry back up, they tasted so much better at that altitude!!!  HAHAHAAA! Have fun!

I would definietly seal it, it will not only protect the wood, but also your kids because the wood won't get so splintery. As far as "decorating" it, Just pick about 6-7 colors (rainbow colors even) and just paint each plank a random color.  Or just paint it white and let your kids go crazy with some cheap brushes and craft paint.  Instant art! The paint will also go a long way in keeping the wood touchable.  My dad painted ours and I think that's why it lasted so long.
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2009 10:15:26 AM »

I absolutely love this. I never had a tree house but ALWAYS wanted one. The pergola top is a great idea. You can thread some outdoor fabric through the top to keep the rain out, and if you need help decorating they have great recommendations on google. Look at others you like or just type decorate tree house/ club house. And give your husband a high five! lol Amazing!
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2009 10:47:22 AM »

I think this is great and it is very steiner-y. They have a theory about kids toys that they should be plain-ish...a blank slate so that the kids can project their imaginations onto the toy. I think this is perfect because the kids can imagine it to be anything. there is more stuff on the theory behind these toys here http://kids-toys.suite101.com/article.cfm/waldorf_toys_and_learning_theory

I dont like the commercial ones so much because they direct how the kids 'see' it. Like if its decorated as a castle, then its hard to imagine that its a pirate ship. As this is it is a blank...but a blank in a very very good way, your hubby should be very proud.

You definitely need to seal/preserve it in some way, it will make it last much much longer, but apart from that I wouldnt paint it any colours or add any decoration. More toy stuff like rope ladders etc might be fun but thats it.

I would have killed for something like this when I was a kid.

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2009 11:12:36 AM »

I have an idea! Why dont you check into some chalkboard paint? You could at least do it on the inside and then the kids could draw whatever they want and change it daily!

Also are you going to put anything on the roof or just leave it?

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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2009 11:45:38 AM »

Thanks everyone, for your comments!
For the roof, I saw a pergola that had a UV-resistant netting that hung from one side to the other, weighted by wooden rods sewn into the ends. You could pull either side down a few feet, depending on where the sun was.
I'd like to do something like that; or maybe just let the tree grow over the roof to shade it?
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