When we got the call, it was clearly a one-off: can we we raise up a play house for the grandchildren on a steep slope in an otherwise impeccably landscaped garden. It may be one of the smaller wooden climbing frames we’ve built, but that didn’t hold us back – this is clearly a Gardenatics build because it is a one-off. It won’t work with a standard ‘kit’ frame, it needed a modular climbing frame to make it work. The morning of the build we turned up early, intending to complete in a day, and came ready and prepared for action.
We needed to clear the ground and decide on the placement of the tower: to make sure that the slide misses the bushes and that the windows on the tower have the best view of the garden. Once the tower is positioned, you really don’t want to move it again – so the preparation and measuring is really important.
Dig deep holes for the pillars. Make sure that shorter ones are at the back and lift the floor into place. Once it is settled in place, the spirit level comes out to make sure that the platform is flat. Particularly with uneven ground, you cannot trust your eye to judge the levels and then build on time.
Now that the frame is in place, and stable (though we do the concreting last) we construct the upper level, cutting the cladding to size, positioning the door, slotting and fixing the roof into place and positioning the windows. Tidy up any rough edges and check stability.
Ladder and slide fixed in place. Handrails completed, and then take some photos for the blog. Job done.
Thank you so much for turning an unloved tree house into an adventurous play area for our children. We got fantastic advice and had a lovely considerate build team. We are delighted and our children love it.- A. Freeland
The younger of our two grandsons had his 8th birthday party. The tree house had a thorough test by 16 children between aged 7 and 11. It has survived with no ill effects, being agreed to be ‘cool’ and a good thing.- D. Potter
Thanks for an amazing job.- S. Kirk
Great job building our climbing frame – friendly people, easy to deal with and flexible on the design. Highly recommend!- B. Mitchell
It looks fantastic and we are really pleased. The boys spent the whole day on it yesterday and refused to stop even for the rain. The big question now is whether we can ever persuade them to leave the garden to do something else.- P. Crofts
That looks amazing!- The Daughter of R Slade
Thank you for making the most of our small, sloping garden. The design makes the most of the space available, is great for all kinds of play, we even use it for homework now!- F. Haig
The climbing frame and swings are great and we are really pleased with it. It is getting good use already.- C. Evans
Thanks for a great, professional job. The kids are delighted. We’re very pleased, thank you.- J. Jaggard