By Joe McFarlane
This dad has created the ultimate solution to rainy days stuck indoors by building his children an incredible homemade treehouse in the basement.
Mechanical engineer Jared – known as The Evening Woodworker – masterfully built the indoor treehouse in the basement of his home in Washington, for his sons.
Taking approximately eight months of Jared’s spare evenings, the fantasy fort was constructed from unused wood from his neighbour, repurposed into a small room, ladder, rope bridge and even a bucket on a winch.
With most of the wood costing nothing, the total cost of the dream build was only $500 for tools and other materials to finish the treehouse.
The purpose of the build was to provide a place for Jared’s children to play and explore whilst the Washington weather deterred outside play.
Jared said: “This was made for my children in order to give the kids something fun to spark their creativity when they were playing.
“I always wanted to build cool forts with wood as a kid but they never ended up how I had imagined.
“As a dad with a hobby of woodworking and background in engineering, I can finally build the things I always wanted to play with as a kid.
“I’m not sure I will ever feel like it’s completed because there are always new ideas that we have and features we want to add.
“The kids love playing on it and like that it can become whatever they want it to be.
“Sometimes they start to get used to having a treehouse in their playroom and assume everybody does, but whenever friends or other kids come over, it becomes brand new to them again.”
You can see more of his work here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_roz9jlFHs