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To meet the challenge of his children with a budget of 500 €, Laurent Jourmet has played his imagination and skills of handyman confirmed. In the garden, a beautiful walnut lent itself to adventure.

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A hut in the trees

Which child (including the one sleeping in each adult) has not dreamed of it? For the Jourmet family, in Haute-Marne, it's now a reality.
"We are lucky to have in the middle of our land a walnut tree with a beautiful fork, on which it was possible to put a cabin," explains Laurent Jourmet. After some research on the Internet ("I looked at what was done in the forest acrobatic parks"), he launched himself: "As I am a farmer, I had a little wood of large section for the floor and tools necessary."
First step: the base.
A platform encloses the trunk and the branch forming the fork. It is on this foundation that the floor will be built - "with thick planks of 34 mm not to pass through" - The wood frame structure rests on this solid base composed of bolted pieces of wood.
Important precision of our reader: "Everything is secured by tightening around the trunk. No points were pushed into the tree. I just gave a little chainsaw to prepare the base. "

realization of a perched hut

Laurent Jourmet realized the bases of the floor with a structure of rafters (6 x 6 cm) nailed to the platform.
The spacing between the rafters varies to fit the trunk.

perched hut platform

The cabin adapts to the tree, whether it is the structure of the platform, made with oak rafters (10 x 10 cm), or the frame.

clamping platform rafters of a hut around a tree

For the assembly and tightening of the rafters of the platform around the trunk, our reader was helped by a friend: "It would have been impossible to do it alone." The elements are joined together by bolted threaded rods. They ensure the tightening of the rafters around the trunk and the maintenance of the structure.

maintaining a hut in an erbre

The structure of the hut is made with the same type of rafters as those used for the floor.
The horizontal and vertical elements are held with hooves and squares.

structural variation of a hut around a tree

Again, it is the structure that adapts to the tree and not the other way around. As for the floor, the spacing of the rafters of the roof varies to fit the branches, some of which pass through the roof.

cladding of a hut

Once the structure is finished, walls and framework are dressed with a cladding of boards bought in a sawmill.
The setting up and the cutting are carried out with the progress.

a cabin installed with a basket

To work at height, our reader used a basket: "With a ladder, this intervention would have been too dangerous."

asphalt shingle shack cover

On the cover, the four sections (the trunk of the tree is in the middle) are sealed with bitumen shingles, glued and screwed on the decking.

cabin stairs

The staircase was fashioned in a trunk of acacia, reputedly rot-proof.
It will also serve for silt and for steps.

shutters of hut in falls of cladding blades

The shutters are made with drops of cladding blades: "I traced the location of the openings, installed the fittings and hinges on the outside, prepared and set up the Z inside. cut to the chainsaw. "

The tree dictates the shape of the hut

Like the platform, the hut is built using rafters: "For the structure, I went intuition."
It is understood, our reader has not made a plan, but he knows how to improvise and adapt his site as and when: "We can not work with a specific plan on this kind of project. arrange with the tree: it is he who dictates the shape of the hut. "
Result The latter is in L and has two small terraces on each side. This well-balanced configuration made things a little bit more complicated: "The frame and the roof were a bit more complicated than I expected, so I had to make a valley, which required more squaring work. It's not so simple, we had to scratch our heads a bit. "
For the rest, Laurent Jourmet lets his imagination speak, whether it is friezes, the staircase cut into a trunk of acacia or openings: "I cut the shutters directly into the cladding, after fixing hinges and fittings. "

"Everyone benefits from the hut, there is a concern for watertightness inside and around the trunk.If a reader has the solution, I am a taker!"

wooden hut with frieze on the shore

"Since the cabin is visible from a distance, it had to be pretty."
The railings or the frieze on the shore therefore took a little time: "I made the cuts with a handsaw."

Tip for building a treehouse

When building a treehouse, care must be taken that the platform is strong enough to support the whole, but also flexible enough to "move" with the wind.
Another difficulty: do not damage the tree by securing the platform with pitons (the most used method, unfortunately). Three techniques are then possible: Tightening (used here), stilt (the sweetest) or the suspension, with ropes or chains. In this case, it is necessary to make sure of the strength of the branches and to envisage a light structure.

outdoor stain for hut

Final touch: the spray application of an exterior stain. The girls of our reader only have to hang the housewarming!

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