We're parents of two small boys who live in a 1200sq ft house. To give us some more space, we build a treehouse for them in the backyard. We picked a good, sturdy cherry tree and did
research on how best to build a treehouse without doing much damage to the tree. We asked our kids their input on what they wanted most, and took it into consideration (sadly, electricity was not included. :) It took us about two months, working mainly on the weekends. The treehouse is accessed through a trapdoor through the deck which you climb up through the ladder. Overall, it was a smashing success! My boys play in it every day, even in the rain. To see the full project details and more pictures, check out my blog post.
Commented on Mar 12, 2013
So beautiful! Those are lucky boys. They'll have years of fun in that tree house.
If you're rooting cuttings of coleus, impatiens, Confederate rose or angel trumpet in a windowsill, I found a faster way to help them make roots! Details at http://www.walterreeves.com/how-to-archive/r...
Even the paint I used to repaint the chairs is from a junk removal job. The only thing I bought was the plants. I think it's perfect for reading or drinking wine under the starry filled sky on a beautiful summer night. http://pinterest.com/jsmiley1127/
We had this cellar and shed built into our hillside in the back yard. Big plans for shade garden on one side, and full sun on the other. What to plant? I'm overwhelmed.
Commented on May 28, 2012
Start out with a few trees first....smaller -- 20-25 foot trees (at maturity). Take your
time, pick the trees based on interesting features...then, start looking at shrubs....underplant around the trees...think of mixing lime foliage with burgundy with deep green....Later you can think about perennials....groundcovers....so it's all layered, the taller plants offering dappled shade to the underlayers....