PLAYhouses make DREAM-houses
When I was selling the Farm House, it was so interesting to me that people asked as many questions about my outdoor furniture and "rooms" as my indoor furniture and rooms! Every offer that was put on the table included some of the indoor furniture, but without fail, all of the outdoor furniture was included with the bid. One of the biggest hits was the castle-like swingset below. I believe that giving a child a "room of their own" —make that "HOME of their own" —gives them a sense of place that truly opens their imagination. Just like with the forts in THE PLAYROOM, it doesn't have to be this elaborate.
It could simply be a cardboard box and some blankets, but whatever it is, it should be theirs! And, knowing it's solid, secure, and as safe as possible gives moms peace of mind too. In some cases, it even becomes a sculpture for the yard.
Serendipity Swingset from Cedar Works
I love this because it is made from northern white cedar and so becomes an extension of your house,
if it is cedar, and blends instead of standing out so much. It is also much safer than regular pressure treated wood which can be riddled with chemicals including arsenic—I am sure there are many parents who
would not have bought a particular playset had they known that! To read more about this check out the cedarworks blog.
Metro Play from Metro Shed
This reminds me so much of Laurie Simmons' Kaleidoscope House
! The yellow full-size tempered sliding glass doors create a great little outdoor hideout for you or the kids. Add on optional slide and swings and call it a modern playhouse. Or just use the basic structure as an outdoor art studio.
8' x 8' room with optional 4' square slide tower and swing bar
Lil' Raskal's Lookout from Lilliput Playhomes
Lilliput has an amazing range of playhouses from their Neighborhood Market to the Olde Firehouse. One of my favorites is the Lil' Raskal's Lookout that has the class kid feeling of a secret clubhouse complete with loft lookout and telescope.
6' x 11' footprint
Topsy-Turvy Playhouse from Posh Tots
The Topsy-Turvy Playhouse is a safe, fanciful place where a kid's dreams come to life. Each playhouse is handcrafted and hand-painted for the ultimate in quality and appeal. Features a solid pressure-treated base foundation for lasting use and high-quality exterior wood siding and cedar shingle roof. Choose from 9 available colors.
4' x 8' footprint
This is one of the most unique playhouse I've found. Think modern hobbit dwelling that you can customize with colors and prints to match your imagination. The website interface even lets you color on the spot to see your creation in progress. And yes, there is an "English" button in the top left; no Dutch reading required.
“Man is most nearly himself
when he achieves
of a child
—Herodotus, Greek historian
Sunflower Playhouse from Home Depot
Leave it to Home Depot to come up with the best combination of cute and functional. It's made of Western Red Cedar, a wood that is beautiful, long-lasting, naturally resistant to decay and insects and above all else—safe. The windows are fully functional with screens and two flower boxes. There's even a dutch door, designer shingled gable and 3 ft. cedar deck on porch. AND
it's made of entirely renewable resources.
6' x 8.75' footprint
Victorian Playhouse from Posh Tots
Designed and built by Alan Mowrer, the playhouse is beyond posh.
It has a front porch, turret, cedar-shingled gable, scrollwork accents, octagonal window, shingled roof, and even a bay window with window boxes. Each playhouse is a custom piece with endless interior and finish options.
Red Beard's Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse from Posh Tots
Jack Sparrow himself would envy this pirate ship fully outfitted with captain's quarters, upper and lower decks, and a handcrafted crow's nest for spotting trouble on the high seas. The Captain's quarters has enough room for 3-4 seated adults and has leatherette-cushioned benches that double as sleeping bunks. It's built for fun with 17 peepholes and cannonball-riddled mast and rigging, but also built to last with mahogany and steam curved poplar planks and a Douglas fir subflooring, decking and framing.
18' x 11' footprint