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The Playhouse

The Playhouse

Several years ago my family indulged me.......I wanted a playhouse for our grandchildren. We only had two at the time, but the third wasn't far behind. We already had a wooden swing set/fort in the backyard just far enough away from the back porch to watch the kids comfortably. But I wanted the playhouse a little farther back....or so I thought. I didn't know at the time that they wouldn't play out there without my presence! So, in hindsight......wish it was closer to the house! But, it's been a fun thing for them and they've used it quite a bit. It was made from a photo in a Sunset magazine and was put up in one Saturday with the whole family pitching in...including the extended family....hey, all you have to say with our bunch is "we're having breakfast......and later steaks on the grill." We had plenty of help))) And our nephew, has a construction business with nail guns....equipment....supplies......need I say more... One cool thing about the playhouse, it was built using lumber that had been harvested right from our place. We had several trees cut a couple of years earlier and had enough lumber sawed up to use for the playhouse. The roof was constructed of metal roofing. When the playhouse was completed, it was stained a brownish color. The playhouse has been a great place for photo ops too. No....I didn't grow them......my cousin Barbara, with the green thumb did)) This post isn't meant to give you a tutorial on building a playhouse, but we do have some photos of the day and I can tell you a little about the process. I mostly walked around with the photo of how I wanted the playhouse to look and kept the sausage/biscuits coming. A flat spot of ground was smoothed off with a grader blade behind the tractor and the building was started on a skid frame on concrete blocks and leveled. Pine boards were used for the flooring. You have to watch guys with tape measures....they're funny about things being "square." There was something neat about putting up the rafters, but I can't explain it. It seemed to go up pretty quickly. Electric nail guns sure helped. The pine siding was put on lap board fashion starting at the bottom and going up. There was a lot of playing around, riding on the trailer and swinging for most of us))) By dusk, the playhouse was just about completed, the only thing left to be done was screw the metal roof on and they finished that by the time the steaks were ready to come off the grill. This is the playhouse by the next morning.....voila! All done in a days work. Well.....like I said at the beginning.....my job was mainly....stay out of the way of the building process and keep the food flowing. I think they did a great job....it was just what I wanted for the kids. My contribution was to stain the building. In summary.....it was a good day. The men worked hard and the women and children had a good time. The playhouse is amazingly sturdy, it's now about six years old and looks no different that it did when it was built other than maybe being a little darker in color. It's been decorated for Halloween on many occasions, been a place for Maggie to play school and write on a dry erase board teaching her "students" and the little window in the front has been opened and closed a million times "taking orders" for fast food. I don't know why, but this seems to be the most fun game......I have to sit in the chair out on the front.....give my order....and wait patiently to be handed whatever through the window.......we've done it so much I've run out of things to order! If you asked me if we would undertake this project again.....I don't know, guess it would all depend on available options. When we built this playhouse there were not any playhouses around and any kits that we found looked flimsy or incredibly expensive. But there is another option now))) Remember the guy with the tape measure and that obsession with things being square)))) ......he and our niece have been in the portable building business now for several years and their latest is guess what.......PLAYHOUSES!! Beautiful playhouses))) Playhouses that can be customized with your choice of paint color and some other options. Here's a photo. Isn't this gorgeous!! It's redwood stained with a white distressed trim, shingled roof and the overall measurement is 8' x 10' with a 6' x 10' interior and a 2' porch. Here's another view: Love the detail of the window trim and the hardware used for the doors. Inside views. I love the pitch of the roof.....the kid sized door on the front and the adult sized door on the side. There just isn't anything about this playhouse that I don't love! Except it's not sitting in my back yard))) For more information contact Tuff-Bilt Portable Buildings at 662- 489-2526. They are located in Pontotoc, MS on Highway 15 North. Their buildings and playhouses can also be seen at Scruggs Farm and Lawn in Tupelo, MS. Delivery is available. You can also see more images on their Facebook Page, so drop by, send them a friend request and be sure to tell them Trendy Tree sent you)))
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