A Dad-Built Backyard Rocketship

My Great Outdoors

Family: Eric, Sandra, Gus (9) & Bea (4)
Location: Wichita, KS

One day, my husband and I were reminiscing about the rocketship slide we used to play on in our hometown when we were growing up. He made the mistake of saying out loud: "I could probably build a rocketship slide out of wood."

Ding! Ding! Ding! My Project Denneler bell went off and I wouldn't let the idea die, much to my husband's dismay.

We had acquired an old, wooden, hand-me-down, hand-me-down, hand-me-down, playset from our neighbors, and decided to tear it apart and salvage what we could for our new rocketship. Then, during the summer of 2009, my brilliantly-clever, woodworker husband designed and built this fabulous structure in our backyard.

There are two levels to the rocket, a launchpad with an arching starry bridge, a spacecraft swing, a sandbox, and a climbing wall. It's the hit of the neighborhood. Our kids especially love telling their friends "my dad built me a rocketship!"

Thank you Sandra & Eric; so inspiring! Gus & Bea must be over the moon! Readers, check in on this creative family at Project Denneler.

Other cool things the Dennelers have made:
PLAY cabinets
Bea's Snow Beehive

(Images: Sandra Denneler)

(Re-edited from a post originally published 06.20.11 - NM)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.