Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Built with love!

It's been a loooooooooooong time coming, but here it is...
Shane's The Kids' Tree House:

As if the house, itself, was not enough, Shane threw in a balance beam for good measure and added a "big kid swings".

He's amazing, I tell ya!  I wouldn't know the first thing about building a tree house.  But my man, he researched it, and taught himself!

He started back in February with the platform connected to the trees.

By March, he was framing the walls.

...siding the house and cutting out the windows.

In April, he was busy framing the roof and starting the porch railing.

He also laid the floor of the loft.

Sometime in May, he shingled the roof and built the ladder.

He also attached the slide and trimmed the windows!

Doesn't it look great?  Now that we spend so much time in the backyard, Shane needed to fence off the path on the side of the house.  Not a problem for him.

Since a tree house, trampoline, swingset, monkey bars, balance beam, and large grassy area aren't enough to keep 5 kids happy busy, Shane brought our backyard to a new extreme level: He added a biking/nature path! I'm trying to get a video of Cole running it (it's one of his favorite afternoon activities.) So I'll save that for another post. Just know that it goes completely around the yard...behind the bushes and shed...along the fence. Zoe loves riding her bike back through it...and so does Shane!


Dorinda said...

That is so very cool! Looks like he did a great job and the kids are going to LOVE that for years to come :)

Amy said...

LOVE IT!! :) mark's got one in the plans, too, but who knows when it will actually get started. love all the pics of progress....i see a scrapbook page there :)

Helen said...

That is such a cool tree house! WOW!

Superhero Mom said...

Wow! I'm so impressed! That is awe inspiring really! (over here...we can't even build a bird cage! LOL!) My man is awesome in the kitchen! We just rebuilt our trampoline...I seriously need my boys to jump...a lot! Looks like a sweet haven in your backyard!

salli said...

Way to go, Shane. It's awesome!!!

Eva Gallant said...

What a great tree house! and what a great family!!!

just stopping by from SITS to say hi; hope you'll do the same.

Heather said...

Visiting from SITS...

I am loving this tree house! It's wonderful to have a handyman for a husband, isn't it? Mine is the same way, and we are so blessed.

Your family is adorable!

As to your question on SITS today, I was the FB over a year ago, and I just picked the posts where I had the most comments (usually the funny ones, but also one that was a tribute to my dad). Then you submit and wait...there's a long line; in the meantime, visit SITS and comment often and visit other bloggers. It's amazing how many people you will come to know as friends just from the computer!