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Let Imaginatons Run Wild

Investing in Your Child's Outdoor 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 add flare 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 spending time outdoors.

1. Start with 8x10 decking so there is no need to cut down the length of any boards and use pressure treated wood.

2. Dig holes 18 inches down to put the footers, which is a 4x4x8 treated post, and cut those into two foot lengths.

3. Pour quick set concrete in the holes. Add water, and set the posts in and let it dry.

4. Use lag screws to attach the base 2x10’s to the corner posts, and then 2x6’s for the joists with metal hangers. Now time to put on the decking boards with exterior screws.

6. For the A frame you need a 60-degree angle at the top of the A, and a 30-degree angle at the bottom. You can run a 4x4 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 2x4’s to the structure. The top of the A comes together and is held by exterior screws.

7. For the roofing, screw 8-foot corrugated clear panels 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, a few simple charcuterie boards are always a hit. 

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