I love your two boys, they are so adorable. In that last photo they are totally posing for the camera, lol.
I really like this and was looking to buy or make something like it. How hard was it? How did you determine a layout? How much were all the supplies? Oh and you said you keep changing the wrap? Why?
We started by buying three 8 ft. lengths of PVC and some elbows and T's. Then of course ran back to the store for more elbows and T's and maybe 8 caps.
40 fittings at $2/ea and about $6 for the 1/2" pipe lengths, so approx $100 to build and then about 6 rolls of wrap to cover up the slippery PVC ($24). Spend a couple of extra bucks to get a hand PVC cutter (about $5) for clean cuts (not a hacksaw), and just push everything together, no glue needed. Then drill holes where you want to add threaded eye hooks where you want to hang toys. I used tie downs for some of the toys because the eye hooks were not in the right places.
Oh, and on the stairs, butt the T's together, put the first T right to the next T to keep the spacing short enough for the birds to climb. Also keep the ramp slope easy for them (one of our three ramps is too steep and they don't really use it). The stairs must also be staggered so they can be climbed (see pic)
I change the wrap periodically due to the dreaded Linnie poop!!! (and I have noticed lately that some of it is getting sticky, which may be from sitting in the sunny window).
Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions.
I am so excited about this. My husband said he would help me make it--which means I will watch and he works his magic, lol.
Yup, that's just how I made mine!!!