Welcome to Jack's Backyard
Natural Wood Designs For Our World
What the heck is Jack's Backyard? This website is a collection of 19 years of work meant to showcase my talents, show what can be done with reclaimed wood products, and to offer people the benefit of my vision. Every wood product you see on this site was handmade. Most items you see on this site, other than the redwood forts are made from reclaimed natural wood. All products are made one at a time and are distinctive from one piece to another. Some are designed to customer specs, most are designed to my specs with the customer in mind.
Let's start with the basics. This is not a big company with in-stock products or materials, no employees, catalogs, or products on display. This is it. People are impressed when they discover they're actually talking to Jack! I have to laugh, who else is there? If you're thinking, I'll just stop by and take a look, you might see the big rock on my driveway and nothing else. If you waited until the last minute and have to have something in the next few days, this is the wrong place. The exception is the do-it-yourself plans. They are available via instant download anytime at BackyardFunandLeisure.com.
Not the do-it-yourself type? Want a redwood fort / swingset? I do not sell play equipment, however will offer consultations on what will be the best for your children, your yard, and your wallet. With 19 years of experience I can offer a wealth of expertise to build a beautiful, functional, and resalable piece of backyard fun. When my consultation is complete, You'll have a wood list, parts list, and the necessary contacts to acquire these items. Build time takes about 2-3 weeks. By making you do some of the leg work, you save money. If you are looking at a redwood playset be prepared to spend a minimum of $2500-3000.
Unique One of a Kind Playsets. The challenge of a custom build is the root of my passion. Half the fun is starting with a blank slate and a wish list. Playsets can be simple and some, like the one to the right are beyond simple. My philosophy is, "It's mine until I give it to you". My clients usually get a crude drawing of an agreed plan and 1-3 months later they have something specific to their family needs, built with quality and craftsmanship not typically seen in backyard wood forts and swing sets. Click around to get inspired and build a redwood playhouse, a cedar loft or some other cool outdoor project.
Custom tree houses are my latest passion. These are my favorite backyard projects. It's a vast leap from building custom playsets that are perfect, plumb, and square to building a treehouse deck. The tree is imperfect and resists efforts to make it do anything other than be a tree. You can't overbuild or the tree will resist. The trick is to work with the tree and its natural curves. The tree house must move and flow with the tree. A great custom treehouse does not come in a kit and the simplest plan can be derailed in the first 10 minutes because the tree says no. My custom tree houses are mostly in Austin and Houston, Texas.
Want something different? Ikea style not your style? Anyone can build the things you see here. They're all made from wood found on the side of the road, lumber from playset manufacturers warranty replacement parts, or wood pieces from my scrap pile. If you have an old barn or an old wood pile and think it might burn pretty good, you should take a look at some of my reclaimed wood projects and get inspired to make shelves, chairs, porch swings or a new cabinet, You'll be surprised at what patience and some hand tools can create. Please take a look around, get the building bug and be innovative, and re-use your lumber.
Offering Treehouses, Treehouse Decks, Custom Playset Fort Design, DIY Fort/ Swingset Plans, and Swing Set Information. Also Offering Wood Porch Swings, Recycling Tips and Ideas For Utilizing Wood Waste.
DIY Wood Forts / Swing Set Plans, Wood Swing Set Plans, Plans For How to Build Your Own Swingset , Do-It-Yourself Swing Set Plans, Reclaimed Wood Ideas, Wooden Patio Swings, Wood Mailboxes, and more.
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