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Backyard Fun

Create a kid-friendly backyard space.

This adorable outdoor play space is not only easy and inexpensive to build, but it is full of charm and the perfect spot for the kids to play and lounge. The A-frame structure is easily customizable to any style and color scheme desired — leave the wood bare, or embellish with paint or stain. An outdoor clubhouse provides a space that allows kids to make it their own and to let their imaginations run wild while spending time outdoors. 

For this project, we visited our local hardware store to get all the necessary supplies we needed. The deck is an 8 x 10 decking so there is no need to cut down the length of any boards and pressure treated wood was used. First, dig holes 18 inches down to place the footers, which is a 4 x 4 x 8 treated post, and cut those into two foot lengths. Next, pour quick-set concrete in the holes. Add water, and set the posts in and let it dry. We used lag screws to attach the base 2 x  10’s to the corner posts, and then 2 x 6’s  for the joists with metal hangers. Now time to put on the decking boards with  exterior screws. Don’t forget to constantly check with a level.  Once the decking is  finished, now it’s time for the fun!  

For the A frame, you will need a 60-degree angle at the top of the A, and a 30-degree angle at the bottom. You can run a 4 x 4 along the decking to attach the A frame to, which adds a bit of height so adults can stand in it as well. Use heavy-duty exterior screws to attach the A frame 2 x 4’s to the structure. The top of the A comes together and is held by exterior screws. For the roofing, we used 8-foot corrugated clear panels and screwed those into the A frame for a weather-protecting cover. We left  three feet uncovered so a chair and some pots with herbs and flowers could be added to the entrance. 

Decorate with outdoor pillows, a children’s table, outdoor rug and hanging flower pots to make it feel like a special place for kids to go. If entertaining friends, charcuterie boards (make a simple one yourself or order from Thyme & Honey in Metro Detroit) are always a hit. Add fruit, pastries and colorful macarons (we love Cannelle in Birmingham and Chez Pierre et Genevieve in Bloomfield Hills) to sweeten the fun.