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Playhouse Construction

Playhouse Construction

The playhouse is finally done. The landscaping is in, the lighting is installed, and the roof is secure. It took a week longer than I expected to get all the details right, but my clients (the girls) are happy with the result. It is also very green, with a solar lighting system, a native plant butterfly garden, 30% re-used wood, and 100% of all construction waste diverted from the landfill. I am sure we will add more features as time goes on and certainly the butterfly garden will grow in population, but let me know what you think of the project so far.

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To see more about the process, check out this blog post:

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For a link back to the design phase, check out this blog post:

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Playhouse updated

Playhouse updated

We are almost done with the playhouse. Here are some photos of the progress and a link back to the design phase blog: Click HERE

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Playhouse Design 2011

Playhouse Design 2011

Here is the final version of the new playhouse for those interested. There was a LOT of input from my clients…

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We got great input from readers of this blog CLICK HERE. I look forward to good weather next weekend and the ground breaking ceremony!

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Playhouse

Playhouse Design

Playhouse Design

The date has been set to force me to finish the playhouse design. Construction of the new playhouse will begin in a couple of weeks. The ‘playhouse’ started out in the backyard of a friend’s house. He offered the old playhouse that he inherited and I took it apart with plans to put it back together at our house.

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Of course, I could not put it back the same way so I spent hours pulling nails and sorting wood pieces. Once I had an inventory of parts, I began the new design. I reused a lot of old wood, added some new wood, and some new accessories. The playhouse was designed.

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We constructed it a few weeks later only to run into an opportunity that we could not pass up. We put our house on the market and planned to move to Harrisonburg. The one requirement from those purchasing our old house was to remove the playhouse that I just built.

PlayhousePlayhousePlayhouseSo it begins again, I have all the parts from the removed playhouse and I need to start pulling nails and determining the available parts. I also have a different slope to build on so the design has to be modified. To be honest, I would have changed the design anyway, but that is what I do. So what features should be incorporated into the design? What have you seen that would be cool? The design work is set to begin and there are no limits. Here are some ideas…