DIY Treehouse

July 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

DIY Treehouse Part #4

DIY Treehouse Part #4

DIY Treehouse

After we put the roof on, it was time to cover the outside walls of the treehouse.  We knew that we wanted to use siding on the exterior, so we had used OSB (oriented strand board) to save on costs.  But that needed to be covered with the siding ASAP.

For three of the sides, one being the small jut out where the porch/door is, we used cedar shake shingles.  We purchased utility shakes at our local Home Depot.  They were approximately $8 a bundle and we used about 8 bundles to complete those walls.

We chose to do a 4 inch reveal for the shakes.  This means that 4 inches of the shingle are exposed before the next row is placed on top.  I love how it looks!  We are planning on leaving them natural.

DIY Treehouse

For the remaining two sides I wanted to have long siding.  But I also wanted to keep costs down.  We decided to use individual dog eared pickets, also from the Home Depot.  They were only $1.64 per picket and were also pressure treated.  They measured 5 1/2” wide and 6’ long.  This made it so that I could still do a 4 inch reveal (amount of each piece seen) and match the cedar shakes on the other sides.

DIY Treehouse

We were just sure to use the saw to cut off the dog ears of the pickets, leaving a flush edge.  Here it is partly done.

DIY Treehouse

And here we are all done!

DIY Treehouse

For these two walls I want to paint the siding to match the house, which is a light olive color.  We are getting there!  What do you think?

One Comment

  1. Ok this is so cool. I have always dreamed of having a tree house, and as a mom to all boys, I want to decorate it for ME! Maybe one day.

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