How would you build this playhouse?

dragonesseApril 26, 2010

My husband and I saw this playhouse at a zoo in Holland and would love to build one just like it in our back yard.

But where do we get wood? We're in the Boston area, if that's useful.

A carpenter quoted about $2K for this job. My husband is pretty handy and has built quite a few things before but never something this 'hand-made' looking.

Many thanks for your help!

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You get wood at a lumber yard. Skills to build it unfortunately don't come from the lumber yard.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 8:23AM
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This is a mixture of branches / small trees with the bark stripped off (from the woods) and low-grade roughsawn lumber (from a sawmill). The materials are cheap, but finding a source for them inside the city may be impossible. I don't know the Boston area well at all, but I'd do the research to find a small sawmill or two within a couple hours' drive and then plan a day's venture into the countryside. Bring a picnic lunch.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 8:26AM
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Jon, thank you so much, that's super helpful!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 1:17PM
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If you can't find trees, landscape timbers might work. They have two flat sides (helpful for nailing and making the ladder) and are treated to resist rot.

You might also contact "WoodMizer" to see if they have a local customer in your area who could saw a log of choice for you. This would work for the roof. But be sure to choose a species that will weather well.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 6:50PM
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