Monday, May 12, 2014 / by Fra Jamir
When it comes to creating a play house for your kids, you are limited only by your time, imagination, and to some degree, your budget. Most play house designs are constructed out of affordable wood products, and the plans are generally box-like in appearance. If you have the appropriate tools on hand, the project can take only a couple of weekends to construct.
Whether you choose a simple "look out" fort or a fully gable-roofed design, your kids will thank you for years to come.
Of course, the benefit to you is that they will have something to do to occupy their imaginations and get them away from the television. Instead of running out to the big box stores for pre-made forts, consider building one yourself.
Create Your Kids' Home Away From Home
You can enhance simple playhouse designs by incorporating a climbing wall, a rope swing or even a slide (if you are able to build high enough.)
You can place a rubber climbing apparatus on the outside as long as there are some safety features installed as well, such as a soft area of wood chips or rubber pellets placed at the base of the wall. Also remember that climbing on the roof can be a falling hazard, so consider adding railings.
If you’re hoping to create a play house with some functionality, why not add some shutters and quaint furniture? Just remember to use furniture that is intended for outdoor use in order to prevent mildew and rot.
Playhouse Designs For The Cold Months
Outdoor fun doesn't have to be restricted only to the summer months. It's not impossible to simply run an electrical extension and attach a heater so your fort can be used all year round.
It's an important cautionary note to be sure not to use any heating equipment that is powered by propane or gasoline. These heaters can emit toxic carbon monoxide that can build up inside a small space, which is an extreme health hazard. Instead, consider safe methods to install and insulate electrical heating devices, especially those designed for outdoor use that are resilient against water and snow.
Backyard Play House Designs: No Construction Needed
If you're all thumbs when it comes to picking up a hammer, why not make a teepee? Simply by purchasing some six-foot long, wooden sticks (bamboo works best) and some twine, you can create a teepee form in less than 5 minutes.
Once your form is complete, dress the top with sheets held on with clothespins. While this won't withstand the elements nor last through seasons, it can quickly provide a shaded play area that comes down as quickly as it goes up.
In many ways, having your kids help to design and build their "dream home" is the main goal of any DIY project, so first and foremost: enjoy the process. While this "addition" to your home doesn't have a tangible economic impact on the value of your house, it prepares your home to be viewed as family friendly, if nothing else.
For more great home project ideas, call your trusted real estate professional today to discover how easy and fulfilling building your youth-oriented dream home can be.
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