Wow, this week has been busy. I really just want to get this playhouse totally done. Partially because I want the kids to have their place to play outside. Partially because I have lots of other projects I want to get done this summer. But mostly because it’s getting hot and I want it done before it’s too hot to work! So this week I built the walls of our DIY playhouse and now it really looks like a playhouse!
The walls were a bit more time consuming than building the deck (more to paint), but super easy. I built them all on our driveway. Then painted them while they were flat. Then moved them one by one to the backyard (with the hubbies help) and installed them. We secured them together while installing them. And within minutes the kids had moved in al loaded all the shelves with fun things for their “clubhouse”.
The day we installed the walls, we had to get them in early because my husband had to go to work. As soon as the walls were there the kids were playing and having so much fun. So I decided to tackle the slide that morning too (I will share the slide install in another post).
After getting the slide done, the kids were in heaven. They played in the backyard ALL DAY LONG! Seriously, I gave them a picnic lunch, which they ate in the playhouse. Then at 4PM they came in asking for a snack, which they wanted to take out to the playhouse too. At 5PM I finally pulled them inside to clean up because we had someplace to go that night.
I love that they are having so much fun playhouse outside. All the hours of hard work are totally worth it because the kids are playing outside instead of asking for electronics. That is a win for sure! And I’m already noticing they are burning more energy so they are less restless and the house stays cleaner!
The DIY playhouse it not done yet though. I have to keep reminding myself of that (because I definitely want to take a bit of a break). This week my plan is to tackle the railing and climbing wall. Right now the kids are using a step stool to get up to the playhouse. We are not doing stairs because they will take up more space (that we do not have). And since kids love climbing, I thought why not “kill two birds” at once.
This wall that does not have siding on it is going to be wood slats all the way up so the rock climbing handles can also be attached to them. A 4′ climbing wall just seemed kinds small to me, and then they would have to pull their bodies up over the deck to get in. The climbing handles on the upper wall will make it easier for them to climb all the way to the doorway.
And then next week we will add the roof! Making the DIY playhouse work for all weather is important to me. If they want to play outside in the rain or snow, perfect! It will also serve to protect the playhouse from the elements which will help it last longer.
So if you are ready to see how we built the walls, and our cost & time spent so far, click the arrow below. And if you missed the post about the deck, check it out here.
And don’t miss the rest of the posts in the series. Click the links below for the rest of the playhouse build (we will update the links as we finish the playhouse).