A BOY’S DREAM COME TRUE (Nov, 1963)
A BOY’S DREAM COME TRUE
Give a boy a tree house and he can have all the adventures of a safari in his own backyard.
For adventurous little boys, a tree house offers many delights. It is a hideaway, a place to store secret treasures, a camping-out spot. From it one can see without being seen. It can be reached by ladder only and it is relatively inaccessible to adults. The one shown here also has certain nautical details to please would-be seafarers. It was designed and built by Gerald Repp of our Art Department for his 7- and 9-year-old sons and has proved itself rugged enough to .withstand both the elements and the wear and tear of the young. Our woman’s day Workshop has made complete plans and specifications for building the house, in a tree or on the ground, using simplified construction methods. The materials are inexpensive and readily available.
The house is 5′ x 6′, an A-frame with walls of exterior plywood. The deck is 19′ long, comes to a point like the prow of a ship. It is built of 1″ x 3″ subflooring nailed onto a framework of 2″ x 4″s and has railings of 1″ x 3″s.
The best way to handle the project: (1) build the framework of the A’s and the deck in your yard or workshop; (2) hoist up the deck frame first, then the A-frames, via rope, to a helper stationed in the tree. Then nail on the house walls, deck flooring, posts and railings. The finishing touches: fresh paint, a screen door and screening at the open sides of the A’s.
SIMPLER. ON-THE-GROUND VERSIONS
If you do not have suitable trees, or do not want to go through the acrobatics of getting the house up in a tree, you can build an on-the-ground version, with or without deck and railings. The house alone, resting on a framework of 2″ x 4″s with tongue and groove flooring nailed on, can be successfully tackled by any amateur. It takes little time, no real skill, is built of inexpensive materials. The only tools needed are in the simple hammer and saw category.