Clubhouse materials...ipe? Really?
So we won a custom design for a treehouse/playhouse at a charity auction last year. The architect designed this really cool 2-story playhouse for us, but he called for cladding the thing in ipe 2 x 2's, which is going to cost $4,000 in materials alone. (That's just for the cladding, doesn't include the structure, the footings, the crazy door hardware, etc. Do I sound frustrated?) Reminder, this is for a PLAYHOUSE.
So I'm calling around to see what our alternatives might be, and thought some of you might have ideas. He has this in 2x2x9 (which is a unicorn item carried by NOBODY.) So we'll obviously bring it down to 2x2x8. Then the question becomes...what can we use that isn't ipe that won't bow at an 8' length?
I swear, I'm about to clad the thing in plywood and call it a day.