Backyard playhouse and sandbox

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Project by ayryq posted 733 days ago 4445 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I finished this playhouse and sandbox, just in time for a bunch of kids to come use it at my son’s 1st birthday party last night. It’s from a plan in Workbench magazine, available from Rockler or PlansNow. The plan includes a swingset which I left off, and has it freestanding on 4×4 posts. I sank those 4×6 posts about 40” into cement, and used asphalt instead of cedar shingles, but otherwise followed the plan.

It’s been a big hit, and I think will get more use, for longer, than a comparably sized playground set or jungle gym would get.

The colors and style are to match the garage, which can be seen in the corner of the fifth picture.

On Rockler’s site, several people posted comments with pictures of theirs, which were very helpful in deciding to go ahead with it, and also in figuring out some of the details on which the plan was a bit sketchy.

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#1 posted 732 days ago

That is one good-looking play house ! I bet your place will be popular within your neighbourhood !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 732 days ago

Wonderful playhouse, like the window panes, very sturdy design for the long haul

-- Norman

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#3 posted 732 days ago

I dreamt of those as a kid (I guess we all did). Great one, the sandbox being protected from the rain by the house is a neat idea! Props to Rockler for that.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#4 posted 732 days ago

I agree with Thomas – this is a play house that will get use on rainy days and days to hot to sit in the sun. This is a lovely design – nice and airy and well lit. I like your color scheme too. It is going to be fun to furnish it.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 732 days ago

Nice! Will it qualify for FHA or VA? :D Good idea for the sandbox under the house. Handy when you get those summer showers. Thanks for sharing. Just thought- my son is looking for some acreage out of town. Would be a good project for his three young’uns.

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#6 posted 732 days ago

Woo – Hoo!!!! those kids are going to have fun fun fun ….... Wow simply wonderful.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 732 days ago

Lucky kids will have beautiful memories. I was going to build a tree house in our “Big Tree” in the yard. My dad had a nervous look in his eyes. “Thomas…If I build you a playhouse will you stay out of the tree?” I did and he did. Mine was a almost full sized room under our above ground porch in Chicago. Had a toy box, table and chairs, mag rack, and 3 windows that were full sized. And I remember all that went on as I grew older that happened there.

Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 640 days ago

Here are some bonus pictures now that I’ve installed lighting in, around, and under the playhouse.

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