Playhouse recommendations?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I'm in the market for a new house - a playhouse!


wow worthy playhouses above from den gode feen and the handmade home 

As much as I absolutely adore the DIY versions, I don't think I have the time or skill to knock it out of the park like some of examples I've been collecting on pinterest. (follow me there to see lots more inspirational playhouses sure to make you marvel at the builders talents and feel like a terrible parent at the same time!)



I've had my eye on this one. Mostly because its small footprint makes it a good solution for my tiny backyard.  It also seems like it would be fairly easy to paint and add a few little touches to pimp it out. I don't love the plastic roof but maybe that would make it more durable?

Anyone have this one and want to chime in?  Or do you have another model to recommend?  I'm very curious about how these things hold up during harsh winters since we do not have a garage to store it in.


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  1. Fun! I like your choice. Don't see why you couldn't replace the plastic roof with plywood and shake shingles?

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    1. Thats a cute idea. I was thinking of just repainting it but maybe I could try an alternative roof?

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  2. I second the idea of replacing the plastic roof with something more aesthetically pleasing.

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  3. The roofs aren't that bad looking in person. They have these sets at Costco.

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  4. Have you seen this one from Big Backyard? We are also in the market for a playhouse. Obviously this one still requires paint and a bit of work, but the roof is cedar, which is a plus. It also has a small footprint. Last I checked it was cheapest at Walmart over Amazon... a bit of a pain to go to a store to pick it up. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Big-Backyard-Bayberry-Ready-to-Assemble-Wooden-Playhouse/22466544

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    1. I saw that one but we don't have a Walmart that carries it near us and it costs $75 to ship.

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  5. I just checked the website and they offer free "Site to Store" shipping on this item.

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    1. I saw that but when I put in my zip it says its not available within 50 miles.

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  6. I immediately thought of this one that Jenny did in her small New York backyard. So cute! http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-playhouse_28.html?m=1

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    1. Love that one but it seems like its not being sold anymore.

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  7. I have the Kidkraft and it was awesome. We found it at Costco and it's lasted us 6 years so far. For the price it was well worth it. Too bad you don't live in Chicago, we are giving it away this summer.

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    1. Thanks Lydia. Do you have the exact same one? How did it stand up to your winters?

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    2. Lydia, I'm in Chicagoland and would love to see the playhouse you're getting rid of!! Email me @ katiebrown11@hotmail.com. I'd be willing to pick up :)

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  8. The roof isn't bad, we spray painted it to match our current house and added our own curtains and added a brick detail to the base of the house. It's a good investment. Good luck!

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  9. http://www.costco.com/Georgian-Manor-Cedar-Playhouse.product.100078785.html

    We got this one for our twin granddaughters who are 14 months old.
    Price was great and comes with some cute extras to keep them busy!

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  10. I would replace the ugly roof with something more aesthetically pleasing, as earlier suggestions.
    We've had a wooden playhouse for 18 years, it's a bit battered by the Irish rain etc, 2 consecutive harsh winters, a lot of active kiddies, and it's still fine. We coat it every 2nd year and use it as a pretty tool shed now! It's even got a Sylvester statue also wooden) stuck to it. I wouldn't want to change it for anything.

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  11. We also have the costco Georgian Manor one linked above. My kids really have a lot of fun with it.

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  12. We built our daughter's playhouse -- we had a "playhouse raising" one weekend and asked a bunch of friends and neighbors to come and help. It was a lot of fun, actually. We have a plastic roof on ours -- it's actually a corrugated white plastic that looks very cute and we think helps prevent the house getting too warm in the summer. It's held up pretty well considering we live in New England and I think the roof product is made for more southern climates.

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    1. While I could probably swindle a few friends into helping (love the "raising" idea - i could wear an amish costume!), I dont think i personally have the skills to build it from scratch without a few devoted weekends. But maybe I'm wrong?

      Did you use a particular set of plans that was easier to build?

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  13. My daughters have a kid craft play kitchen. We love it. Durable product and their customer service is great.

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