So this year, with a few empty weekend days (what's that?) and some encouragement from my parents, who were nice enough to add their physical and financial support, we've got the main part done! Yeahh!
So I figured I'd walk you through the process.
First, there were the posts... which sat there.
Then, about a month ago, those posts got supports! Tada! Iz, my dad, and his dad (not shown) spent a good morning, and part of an afternoon, getting these level and in place.
The weekend after that, we got joists! Here's the guys all working on them, well sort of.
Here's what they look like, since the last picture doesn't look much different than the supports.
We're going around our oak tree so that it feels like a tree house, without doing any damage to our trees.
Then we got the decking. There was a lot of back and forth on this step. We'd just planned on buying wood decking, as it's cheap and hadn't thought much of others. My parents got involved and by the time we were done, we had a composite deck going up (thanks mom & dad!).
And to protect our privacy, and keep the neighbors from complaining, we've put up tarps.