Tree fort big enough for sleeping by Bay Area contractor traditional-kids

Tree fort big enough for sleeping by Bay Area contractor

Two story tree fort with deck big enough for sleeping by Wm. H. Fry Construction Company, San Francisco Bay Area General Contractor. Some people might call it a play house or tree house - but the little boy will always insist that it is a fort! Redwood construction will fade to color of adjacent trees. One tree goes through the deck, the trees are not used for the structure. All the doors and shutters close to keep our outdoor friends out (squirrels, racoons, possums, etc...). Interior built-in ladder leads to upstairs with a safety rail on the landing. This play house is also a play structure because there is a quick escape slide from a side window!

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November 5, 2013
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Love this!!! - :)
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Me Too! Here's our son building his tree fort. Now he's 11 years old and 5' 3" + :) Rhoda
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June 29, 2012
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Hi Zebra13:

Glad you like our tree fort!

It has caught the eye of two houzz article writers:
Ideabook: Hideaways for the Hectic Holidays · See Ideabook

Ideabook: 9 Incredible Treehouses · See Ideabook

and been added to over 3700 idea books! When I added the photo for fun a while back, I never realized how much attention it would get! Since then, I've added a couple of other photos as well, that you can find here:
Project: Tree Fort or Tree House - San Francisco Bay Area · See Project

You would think that as a general contractor, we'd create real plans for our own tree fort, but it came about rather quickly when we suddenly had small gap in employment for a couple of our carpenters. The elapsed time was a couple of weeks, but it wasn't being worked on full time. We knew where we wanted it and that we wanted father and son to be able to fit inside sleeping. While we were putting in the foundation we sketched out the next steps and found fun places to sneak in some side windows. There's a proper foundation and roof - so all I can say is that it was not a project for the budget-minded. Our "methodology" of not having a plan actually worked in our favor in creating a better project - although I wouldn't recommend it!

:) Rhoda
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Lily Gahagan added this to 14 Picture-Perfect Playhouses
The deck of this two-story fort is big enough for a slumbering guest or two. The tree growing out of the center adds to the rustic appeal. More outdoor ideas: That Treehouse Magic Backyard Bliss: Have a Master Plan Fabulous Patios
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"Every little boy needs a tree fort, especially a builder’s son," says Bill Fry of Bill Fry Construction. Fry used redwood, because it will fade to the color of the adjacent trees. "All the doors and shutters close to keep our outdoor friends — squirrels, racoons, possums — out." He also proudly notes that, "this unassuming house has become the world headquarters of the Tree Fort Republic, an association of neighborhood boys with its own governing body and newspaper."

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