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Playing house was never more realistic

Published May 19, 2007

This playhouse delights children and can be built for a fraction of the cost of prefabricated models.

This cottage-style playhouse will become a place where memories are made. It features a big, inviting porch, a Dutch door, flower boxes and decorative architectural details that make it irresistible to kids of all ages.

Straight cuts and full-sized patterns for the angles make the project easy enough for most woodworkers. It's also inexpensive.

A series of illustrated steps break the project down into smaller operations, from building the foundation to installing the roof. Once the structure is complete, hang the door, paint the house, fill the flower boxes and help the kids move in. The playhouse measures 6 feet square (including the porch) and stands about 6 feet tall.

The Cottage Playhouse plan, No. 942, is $10.95 and includes complete step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, detailed construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of two playhouse projects, No. C160, is $17.95 and includes this plan plus a plan for a rustic playhouse. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2. Please include $4 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.

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This adorable playhouse delights children and can be built by a do-it-yourselfer for a fraction of the cost of prefabricated models.


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