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Creating Picture-Perfect Outdoor Sheds & Playhouses

Published 5 years ago

As much as you love your kids, you may love them just a little more if you could get them out of the house more. The more time your kids spend outside, the less you will worry about them dirtying up the house or gaining weight because they spend all day sitting in front of the television or playing video games. Depending on the ages of your kids, a playhouse might be the perfect way to get them out of the house. Playhouses now come in a lot of great designs, including those that have a more whimsical design and those that look just like your own home. You just need to pick a design that works for your kids.

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Choosing a Design

Choosing a Design

The first thing you need to think about when picking a playhouse for your kids is the overall design. Do you have little girls at home who love playing house with their friends? A cute little cottage with fresh flowers outside and a soft coat of paint might be perfect for them. You’ll also find funky designs that look like spaceships, vintage inspired houses that resemble old schools and even unusual treehouses and castles.

Landscaping Basics

Landscaping Basics

After deciding on a design, you need to give some thought to how you want to landscape the area around that tiny house. Building a playhouse in your backyard that you just drop on the ground and then forget about will stick out like a sore thumb. Consider planting a few bushes or flowers around the sides of the house that match the greenery around your own home. You can even put in flower boxes and make your children responsible for watering and taking care of those plants.

Extra Features

Extra Features

Whether you buy a fabricated playhouse, or you build one from scratch yourself, you’ll often find that the basic design is fairly plain. With some imagination and creativity though, you can create a playhouse that your kids will love for years to come. Why not build a miniature fake kitchen inside that lets her whip up mud pies that look like bakery treats? For little boys who dream of slaying dragons, you might add a small moat of a few inches deep around the edges. Some designs even let you incorporate monkey bars, swings and other playground equipment into that playhouse.

Decorating the Interior

Decorating the Interior

As great as the exterior looks, you need to give some thought to the interior as well. The imagination of your kids will only take them so far. If they walk inside and see bare walls with no decorations, they might be back inside your house before you can even blink. The type of decorations that you use depends on the overall size of the playhouse. For larger playhouses, you might consider adding a small trundle bed and a television that lets your kids spend the night outside with their friends. A kid size table and chairs set is perfect for a smaller space.

Adding Some Colour

Adding Some Colour

Even though you love your kids, you may not want to give them complete control over painting their new house. You might find that they want to go crazy with neon or florescent shades that don’t match the look of your house or your yard. Consider picking out a few paint colours that match the shade of your home or your surrounding flowers and plants. Let your kids know that they can pick out colours for the inside, outside, trim and other elements from those samples. You can then paint the house together.

Making Things Easier

Making Things Easier

After looking at all the steps involved in designing and building a playhouse, you may feel tempted to give up. Before you do, think about using a traditional garden shed as a playhouse. Wide Span Sheds make a number of freestanding garden sheds and sheds that attach right to your house. As the sheds come ready for use, you won’t worry about how to put up the walls or attach the roof. You can get the shed set up and ready for your kids in as little as one afternoon. Steel sheds also have the benefit of lasting longer and suffering less damage as the result of environmental and weather conditions too.

Do you remember all the fun that you had playing in your background as a kid? You probably spent hours coming up with your own stories and adventures that you shared with your friends. Now is the perfect time to help your kids create their own memories with a playhouse built just for them. Give your children the gift that just keeps on giving. Whether you build one from scratch or select a fabricated model, your kids can start having fun the day you open the door to their very own playhouse.

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