Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A kind of house

My parents decided they wanted to give Ada a playhouse for her birthday. My big fear was a plastic house, so I quickly did some research on wooden house kits. Chris said he'd be interested in building the house (which is good, have you seen how expensive a pre-built wooden house is? Not that we wouldn't love to spend several thousand dollars on a PLAYhouse, but it wasn't in the cards.)

So build it we did. Er, the family did, since I pretty much had nothing to do with this bit of backyard construction. Chris got the plans and wood. He found some great used cedar siding at the ReBuilding Center here in town (for an extravagant 13 cents/yard). Chris's brother and father helped build the house, and we'll be painting it barn red (made from reclaimed paint, 'cause what kind of Portlanders would we be if we didn't get the greenest red?).

Over a couple of weekend days last month the house came together. Ada even helped, hauling out her tools to make some adjustments here and there.




Ada says, "It's a kind of house. It's Ada's house."

14 comments:

  1. Well, you know we love the little house. And the Metro barn red is an awesome color for it. But more than that we love the look of concentration and the smiles on your curly-haired moppet.

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  2. so cute! the family and the house that is.

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  3. Oh, it's wonderful! I never had anything like that as a kid ... Post a photo when it's clad in red paint, okay?

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  4. Chris just brought the paint home today. If it doesn't rain this weekend we could get started on the red.

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  5. Dude! I'm so psyched you posted this! I've been telling Caleb in over-excited tones since last Friday about the awesomeness! that is the little Ada house. And now I can show it to him in all its 3-, okay, 2-d given the internets effect, glory. fabulous!

    and oooh. barn red. Ada is gonna be in barn-red heaven.

    sweet!

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  6. Cool house! I'll take one.

    I hate those plastic things that get sun-bleached

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  7. It's a wonderful house! I love it, and just may have to show my husband - see, we could do that :)

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  8. It's the best kind of house - made with love by her family.

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  9. That is awesome! So much better than anything you could ever buy. Ada will remember it for years to come.

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  10. I wanna do playhouse.. Keep trolling craigslist in hopes that I might avoid aniother diy with out family.

    Good job, all. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. Awesome house! I'd like to see those plans myself :)

    Very cool to use recycled materials, too. I feel bad about buying new to build up something so "temporary."

    I can't wait to do something like this.

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  12. nonlinearpapa8/17/2007 7:44 PM

    Thanks! You can find the plans I used by Googling "Rockler playhouse plans". The frame is all 2x2 which also helped keep the cost down.

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  13. That is 8 million times better than the plastic house. I'd love to know where you got the kit, which model you picked etc.

    Also - I see The History of Love in your sidebar... I LOVED that book. Like off the charts love.

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  14. so terrifically awesome. thanks so much for sharing. lucky ada.

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