Tree House Number 2: The Porch

The porch foundations were a bit more complicated than the main tree house. The porch is supported by what I may call an inverted 3D roof truss which spans between two tree stumps. Below you can see Didymus balancing on the mid point of the truss (temporarily supported at each end).

Didymus balancing on the inverted 3D truss

Didymus balancing on the inverted 3D truss

 

To make matters more interesting you can see that the last tree stump (on the right – below) was way too short.

Inverted 3D truss

Inverted 3D truss

 

The last stump was too short

The last stump was too short!

 

Thus we used an “Alpine” style cross made of  simbi (metal) by Soko. This anchored the centre of the truss firmly into the tree stump with the help of some cement. So technically the tree house still doesn’t touch the ground (yet) – it just has a steel-cement support in one tree stump.

 

Metal cross inserted into hollowed out tree stump

Metal cross inserted into hollowed out tree stump

 

Cement being added into the stump

Cement being added into the stump

 

Now a well anchored inverted 3D truss foundation

Now a well anchored inverted 3D truss foundation

 

Porch floor and steps up

Porch floor and steps up to main house

 

Porch window

Porch window

 

Looking north through the porch

Looking north through the porch

 

Working on the stairs up

Working on the stairs up

 

Working on the stairs up

 The banisters

 

Looking north again - with roof in place

Looking north again – with roof in place

 

Porch roofing structure

Porch roofing structure and lintels

 

Its taking shape now

Its taking shape now

(Just in time for the phantom rainy season –  its a drought year)

 

 

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