My Swiss chalet treehouse: initial construction

(May 24, 2008). I cleared the lower branches of the single fir tree in the back yard. My neighbor says it was one of his live Christmas trees of many years ago. As backdrop, note the fence – my project of two years ago.

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I prepared two 4×4 posts forward of the tree, and P. worked on the two support trusses.

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We attached the two trusses to the front and back of the tree, and added some bracing to the front posts.

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The next step was the addition of plywood flooring. Note how the posts extend past the floor, which helped to support the walls.

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I then added three wall sections and rafters. I placed a tarp and took a break during the June rains.

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