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Outdoor Playhouses

What small child would not want a playhouse in the backyard? A playhouse can provide hours of creative fun that stimulates the imagination. Playhouses can be custom built, but less expensive kits that are ready to assemble are also available at lumberyards, home improvements centers and from online manufacturers. Smaller types can be bought already built and ready to be placed in the yard or playroom.

If you are thinking of buying a playhouse for your child, consider the following:

  • Make sure that the playhouse is sturdy enough for children to actually play in and around. It needs to be strong enough for children to climb on. Doors, windows and porches should be firmly attached. Make sure that there are no protruding nails and that wood walls have no splinters. Any plastic edges should be smooth.
  • Since most playhouses will sit outside in all kinds of weather, purchase only those made with weatherproof materials such as rot resistant woods (like cedar or painted pine), plastic, or resins. Playhouses with quality roofs made with real shingles are best. The playhouse should sit on a treated lumber base that will not rot.
  • Playhouse kits come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Manufacturers offer Victorian, colonial, cottage style, log cabins, castles and many others. Small fences, window boxes and glass windows can be added. Larger, more elaborate kits will be more expensive.

Plan ahead: you may want to buy a playhouse that is large and sturdy so that when your children have grown and no longer use the playhouse, it can serve as an attractive garden or storage shed.

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