Craig Moore of the Ontario Association of Demolition Contractors OADC says for their part, materials sent to landfill are missed opportunities to cash in since jobs are bid with scrap in mind and both contractors and owners are well aware of the value of metals and other high demand materials.
Location: Rural countryside outside of Durham, Ontario, Canada
We are a family of 6, living in the countryside 2 hours northwest of Toronto. I am an interior designer and I love to travel. Most of my designs are inspired by travel and by the use of organic, natural elements. Two years ago, a friend of ours lost their barn to a tornado. The barn was beyond repair. Rather than see it burned, we bought the barn boards, beams and tin roof — and hired the local Amish to help us to transfer the barn to our property.
We started with a small treehouse base, with an idea to have a small wrap around porch. It was so FUN to build, we decided to add a second floor, and only have a small front porch to allow a bit of extra space for a wee kitchenette and wood stove. The project grew as our excitement grew. We, as adults, were having more fun than the kids with the treehouse!
Most of the treehouse is built from the reclaimed barn, and the reminder of the items were provided by our friends. The kitchenette counter is from an old tree, the wood stove was from our old stone house, the porcelain sink was from our neighbor’s yard…..even a huge slide…it was from an old dismantled playground. The slide is a favourite of my 83 year old grandma. She loves it !
We sleep in the treehouse as often as possible ( with the exception of the cold winter nights). We hear the sounds of the trees, the trickle sounds of the rain and fall asleep under the stars.
Best sleep ever !!!
Creating the treehouse was a labour of love. Our friends and family adore it. I often blog about the treehouse and other outdoor projects (we built our pool in an old stone barn foundation).
Thanks, Lynne! Readers, check out Lynne’s blog here.