But one savvy dad from Rochford, Essex has taken his DIY skills to a whole new level. After browsing for a tree house online for his kids, Marc Ely, 33, realized that he could make one for a fraction of the $2,400 retail price. Marc rolled up the sleeves and in 3 days, he built an incredible play fortress with a tower, a swing, and a rock climbing wall. Made from only scaffold materials, the structure cost him $205 only. And we get the dad. With kids running errands between the four walls all this quarantine, nothing’s impossible to keep them entertained out of the house.
Dad Marc built a play fortress for his kids in his back yard using only scaffold materials
Marc said that the lockdown gave him a lot of spare time on his hands and his daughter Bella had always wanted a tree house. “I looked online and the ones with swings, stairs, and a slide were over £2000 and I knew I could do it myself.”
Fortunately, Marc has his own scaffolding business and could use up the materials from the yard. “The only things I had to buy were the wood chippings, swings, slide, rock-climbing stones, and paint from Amazon, eBay, and B&Q.”
The Daily Mailbroke down the castle on a budget shopping list—wood chipping: $11 from B&Q, swing: $18 from eBay, heavy duty slide from Amazon retails around $120, rock climbing stones: $41 from eBay, charcoal grey paint: $15 from B&Q. The essentials can be bought for a total of $205, which is a tenth of the retail price.