It's been another busy week here at Out in Them Sticks, albeit quite pleasant and wonderful. Our Wisco relatives came for a much anticipated visit late this week and we had such a great time! How I wish they lived closer to us and we could make visits more frequent. We had a wonderful time chatting and even doing a little hiking up on the old AT.
After our guests left for their 17 hour journey home and we completed our long run (thanks to G-ma), it was time again to get working on the treehouse. On Saturday we hit the Habitat Store for some recycled building products for the treehouse. We were hoping to find a few functioning windows we could incorporate. We weren't able to find quite what we were looking for but we did find this cute little window that we thought we can incorporate into the house. In the meantime we'll have to keep our eyes peeled on Craigslist and Freecycle.
When we got back from the store, we got back to the nitty gritty. By that, I mean I took care of the kiddos (doing the occasional consult of course) while Nick did the truly difficult work of constructing this monster. This project has been an organic one and has been evolving from day one of construction. We are constantly changing things for the better. I also just love the idea of us finding construction materials and incorporating them as we go along.
For now though, we are still trying to get the base structure up. Nick built the joist frame today, securing it with hurricane ties and began inserting and securing the joists. As of today, we still have not quite finished securing all the joists.
Once he finishes placing the joists, he'll be working on installing the final post. That is sort of a long story I suppose Nick should tell. Essentially, Nick had some issues installing one of them due to a very large tree root so he'll have to go back and finish that one this week.