Almost any house will look more interesting and attractive with a tower, this is a fact! 😉
…and the views that can be achieved with this DIY project can be awe inspiring. Many do not consider this type of renovation a task that can be handled in a do it yourself manner (you have to admit, it’s a pretty crazy idea!) but this is not always true. If you are willing to spend some time and effort, and you can read directions and follow steps, then you can add a tower to your home with a little help from friends and a minimum of professional expenses.
Do you need proof?
How is that for proof? 🙂
There are a number of steps that must be followed if you are going to have a successful outcome when you are doing this form of remodeling. There are also some important considerations that must be examined in order to make sure that the final structure is safe and meets all of the local building codes and requirements.This project should lend itself as an example of how much planning has to go into a project of this scope. I believe that one has to work on making their dreams come true, but that does not mean that you can be sloppy. With big dreams comes big responsibility 😉
Please note: This article does not get into details about safety planning. Refer to this page for more info on that.
Step 1: Choose The Right Location For The Tower
Before you dive in an start tearing off part of the roof or ripping out walls carefully evaluate where you will place the tower. Consider ease of access as well as the ability of the existing structure to hold the additional weight that will be added on. A room located along the exterior wall of the home on the second floor is typically the best spot to do this project with.
Step Two: Create A Project Plan
Sketch out the shape of the room, and carefully list all of the materials that will be needed. You will need to determine how much lumber will be required in order to create the structure, and what other types of materials you will need in order to manufacture the pointed roof. Make sure to include a tool list and the necessary fasteners, including screws, nails, and brackets.
You have a wide variety when it comes to the choice of materials that you can use. The amount that you are willing to spend will be a factor, and so will the final size of the tower that you envision. Consider important aspects such as rot resistance, insulation rating, and even insect repelling factors.
Step 3: Prepare The Project Area
In order to allow access from inside the home you will need to consider where the entrance to the tower will go. If you have an attic then you can tie the new structure into this component, and an entrance may be cut through the roof. Stairs can be built in order to create an easy way to get into the tower once it is finished, and facilitate the construction during the project phase.
Step 4: Construct The Frame Of The Tower
Using solid lumber boards construct the framework of the tower structure. These will act as the studs for the rest of the wall and exterior materials. Space the studs an average of 3-5 feet apart on a horizontal and vertical level, and use screws or nails to ensure that these are securely fastened. Use brackets to attach these to the existing structure.
Step 5: Benches And Exterior Sections
Now it is time to build or install the benches around the perimeter of the tower platform. These can be built from lumber or you can purchase appropriately sized wooden benches and install them on the platform. Install vertical wooden slats along the bottom half of the framing in order to close in the viewing platform in the tower and provide a safe place to relax.
Step 6: Roof Construction
Now that the main structure is complete it is time to design and create a roof for the tower. This should be done on ground level, and then the roof can be lifted and put into place. Use lumber to create the right shape and size for the roof that you want. Securely attach these together, and then cover with plywood. Next add a layer of felt, using either staples and a staple gun or small nails and a hammer to ensure that this layer is securely attached.
The final exterior layer can be either sheet metal or another type of roofing material, depending on your skills, preferences, and the final appearance that you want. You may want to bring in some outside help on this aspect if you are not confident that you can handle it without professional assistance. It is important that the materials and methods used are weatherproof, to prevent any leaks that could impact the integrity or condition of the tower.
Step 7: Roof Placement And Attachment
A crane will probably be needed in order to lift the finished roof to the proper location and hold it in place while this component is securely fastened. Make sure that you have included the final weight in your calculations so that the framing can support the roof without any problems or mishaps. If necessary additional beams or posts can be installed along the perimeter of the tower floor in order to offer more strength and superior support.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
Now that the actual tower is complete it is time to add the final touches and finishing decorations. You may want to stain the wood framing and slats, or you could choose a weather resistant exterior paint that is attractive and that adds to the overall appeal of the entire home. You may want to use more than one color, with the main frame being painted one shade and the slats along the bottom half another complimenting shade. This can create a striking look that catches the eye even from the ground.
This is a mad project done by enthusiasts but it shows what can be done if you are determined to create something really great. It does not have to be a tower, but something YOU are dreaming about. If you have two healthy hands, you can make your dream come true. I hope that this project lends itself as a inspiration and motivates you to start your dream project today 🙂
Source for this project: Click here (additional pictures can be found there)