I like to rubberneck gorgeous, epic backyard creations as much as (and maybe more than!) the next person, but ultimately, there’s something a little sad, to me, about looking at photos of things that I will never in this lifetime have the ability or spend the money to make.
I’d much rather rubberneck things that are cool but also POSSIBLE, you know?
That’s why the playhouses that I’m going to show you are not epic, exactly. They’re not outrageous. What they are, however, is affordable. They’re do-able.
And, if you ask me, they’re just as awesome as that million-dollar stuff, in that THESE playhouses could actually come and live in your yard this summer!
1. Ana White’s playhouse. If you haven’t met Ana White, then you’re in for a treat. If you follow her instructions to the letter, you may have to do some spending for the supplies and tools, but the benefit is that the tutorial is a walk-through, with everything spelled out for a beginner. You can do it!
2. fort. This tute also includes helpful information about setting your playhouse above the ground on concrete deck blocks.
3. fort #2. This is a smaller version that’s the perfect place for littler ones.
4. Little Tykes. Maybe all you’ve got room for in your yard is a garage sale Little Tykes playhouse. That Little Tykes playhouse can still look great!
5. pallet playhouse. Used pallets are a cheap way to get the lumber that you need for a great playhouse. Just look for the HT stamp that tells you that your pallet was heat-treated. If you’re feeling super ambitious, here’s a more elaborate version.
6. platform. This is the one that I really want to make for my own yard! I’ll show you pictures if/when I get it done.
7. platform #2. Okay, I might actually want to make this one. Perhaps I’ll combine the two designs.
8. plywood playhouses. There are a slew of playhouse plans here, all designed for the specific dimensions of plywood.
9. PVC and fabric. PVC isn’t an eco-friendly supply, but given how minimalist this playhouse is, it’s actually a more eco-friendly choice than any of these other, much larger structures. In addition, this playhouse is light, portable, and able to be stored, so it’s a win for those who live in rentals.
10. shed. Even though you don’t have a playhouse, do you have a shed? Yes? Then you have a playhouse!
11. swing set fort. This playhouse utilizes a neglected swing set as its base.
12. teepee. A teepee has a smaller environmental footprint than the typical playhouse, but still provides a magic world apart for a lucky kid.
13. under-the-table playhouse. You can also have a playhouse indoors! This one utilizes that always-fun under-the-table space.
playhouse image via Shutterstock