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Old 04-17-2011, 01:21 PM   #1
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Outdoor playhouses -- ideas? experiences?

We are in the process of redoing our front and back yards, and I was thinking of putting a little wooden playhouse in the backyard. We're pretty limited on space, but I was looking at these:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/re.../dp/B0018HJSAW

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/re.../dp/B004LQ6WHO

Anyone have a wood playhouse and care to share your experience? Photos would be great, too!

DS is 2 years old.

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I don't have a wooden one, but my kids always love the playhouse. I don't think you can go wrong.
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The second one is really cute.
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I don't have a wooden one, but my kids always love the playhouse. I don't think you can go wrong.
Did you have any issues with fading or cracking with the plastic?
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:02 PM   #5
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I would probably except it's under our climber:

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Re: Outdoor playhouses -- ideas? experiences?

we don't have a "house" like that...but we have the little tikes climber thing - was bought used off craigslist and it still looks great! no cracking and just a little fading (but we mostly keep it under something)

We also have a swing/slide climber thing that the in lawas bought the kids for Christmas - they got it at Wal-Mart and it is SUPER DUPER CHEAP! wood - like my 12 yr old canNOT get on any part of it without it cracking. One of the tarps did not fit and I contacted the company who said they had a "warranty" but told me to just go buy a new tarp from home Depot

Anyway - check out the wood before you buy (if you can) - I think with the houses it might be a little different vs. something they climb or swing on - but the wood we have is similar to balsa wood - I can dent it with my fingernail - and the nailed parts have not stayed nailed down so the roof part is coming off - did I mention we got it in DECEMBER 2010...very frustrating.

My parents built older Dd a playhouse when she was little - out of real "building materials" from Home Depot and it is cute and has withstood years of play - and buying the supplies was cheaper then buying a kit - but that is only if you know how to do something like that and have the tools already.

BTW I like the second pic
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No experience here but I love that first pic!!!
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Both of those are cute! Around here, its really common for people to go to places that make wood sheds and get a smaller one, complete with a little front porch attached, to be used as play houses. I *think* they're referred to as garden-sized or garden sheds, they're definitely not as big as a traditional storage shed you'd get to keep mowers & such in (like if you didn't have a garage), I think most of them are around 6'x6' or maybe 6'x8' ?? Anyway, they usually have a window or two on each side that can be opened, the little front porch with a standard sized door in the middle, plus I sometimes see windows on each side of the door...and a lot of them I see have little window boxes for flowers and such under most of the windows as well. You can get them with lofts in them as well..so great for storage while its being used as a playhouse, or to make a little area up top for the kids to hang out in. Anyways, they look really nice and last a long time, plus they can be used for storage later on when the kids outgrow them. If I remember right, they run about $800 or so (maybe less? but definitely not more, at least around here)...so a bit more than you're looking at spending now, but they *are* useful later on down the road as well and are great if you have the space for them. This is kinda what I'm talking about, but they usually aren't this big.
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Re: Outdoor playhouses -- ideas? experiences?

I don't have any advice to add, as we don't have anything like that, but our Costco has that second one for $299. You might check there before you purchase anything! DS has had his eye on it since last spring. It is very cute!
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Do you have a costco near you. We have this one, The girls love it♥

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