Thanks everyone for the nice words!!! He will really love to hear all of this. I will have to upload & post the other side tonight....it's amazing really. And he doesn't have the catwalk part up yet cause we'll be moving it all for the x-mas tree....
Originally Posted by twstychik
I wonder how cost effictive it really is to make your own? Could you get an estimate on how much materials cost and how long it took him to build. I'm going back and forth between buying one and making one. Leaning toward buying because of the time and resources it would take me to make one. I've found w/ other things (like clothes) it's costs as much if not more to make them myself. Espically once you figure labor into it.
Ok, so I guess you have to know what your doing to make them. Like he had to used a saw, that's something I don't know how to do myself. And my DH is a carpenter, so he really knows what he's doing. But for both sides, which means 2 like the one shown (only the other side is different, there's a swinging barrel that they can climb in), and the catwalk beam that's not shown, for all the wood & all the carpeting it cost him $150. Now, when I looked them up on the internet for him to get some ideas of design, they were going for $400-$900 for one cat tree, and we got 2 cat trees out of it. So I imagine it would be cheaper if you just made one. And his friend Bobby came over for the day, they made a competition out of it, to see who could design the cooler cat tree....and here are the results, they like the one NOT shown better....I will post pics I swear.
It took them maybe a weekend to build it. And then DH finished his in the evenings 1-2 days. So they worked like all day on Fri, till 9pm, then after work on Sat, and all day Sun if that makes sense.... and then the finishing touches, like putting the smaller pieces together etc he did through the week. I have to say though, I AM SOOOO PROUD OF HIM!